How to Stay Motivated So You Can Finish What You’ve Started


By Manny Scott, Original Freedom Writer

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Have you lost your motivation? Have you lost your hunger? Have you stopped chasing your dream? Are you thinking about quitting the race? manny scott

I’ve been there.

Some time ago, my wife and I were running in a mini-marathon, and I started losing motivation. I didn’t want to run anymore. I remember running one mile and feeling a little tired. I made it to the second-mile mark, and I was even more tired. When I made it past the third and then to the fourth mile, I was literally struggling to keep my legs moving. Yet I was determined to keep running.

But then something happenedI began to think about all of the people I had passed up, all of the miles I had already run, and I began to feel really good about myself. I might have even been a little proud. In that moment, I began to lose motivation.

Why? Because the more I thought about what I had already accomplished, the less motivated I became to keep moving forward.

In your race of life, is it possible that there are things in your past that are causing you to become complacent? Have you lost motivation to keep pressing on? Is there anything in your past that is causing you to be stagnant? Are there any accomplishments, mistakes, awards, or accolades that are limiting your potential? Do you come from a pretty good family? Did you attend a great school? Maybe you live in a nice neighborhood or a very big house. May I submit to you that you need to stop letting those things of your past, good and bad, negatively influence your present?

The more you find gratification and satisfaction in your past accomplishments or wallow in your past failures the less motivated you will be to press forward to newer, and dare I say, greater things.

I guess what I’m saying is this: refuse to let things that happened to you in the past prevent you from living fully in the present. What do you need to let go of from your own past? What memory, experience, triumph, or tragedy do you need to release? Let it go and press on!

Your past was merely preparation for your future. Don’t live in it, learn from it and move on.


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