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Book Summary: The Essential Motivation Handbook by Leo Babauta and Eric Hamm

May 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 168

Leo is the blog author of Zen Habits. He talks about a minimalist life style and focusing on what makes you happy. I consider myself a student of business and Motivation is a critical factor. I believe you cannot teach work ethic and motivation unless you are teaching kids. Once you enter the work force then it is too late.

Why is this important to me?

I am not doing this summary to waste your time. It is my vision to provide concise action steps that you can adopt right now to enhance your financial life and career. Motivation is momentum towards something you want. The key here is to know what you want. Most people are not motivated because they are lost and have not articulated what they want. Napoleon Hill called this drifting in his book Outwitting the Devil. Motivated people are NOT drifters because they love what they do. The first step in motivation is to not do something you hate. If you have to work to pay the bills then frame it correctly with an exit strategy so you can be motivated to get to your next level.

Disciplined Action is what is required to make the motivation real. This is what is required every day. Disciplined action is the hard part. The book the Secret talks about some really cool stuff but is useless without Disciplined Action.

The Essential Motivation Handbook is a collection of blog posts from Zen Habits and Motivate Thyself. There is really good information in the book and several concepts repeat. I will focus on three core concepts from the book.

1. Enjoy Your Goal Activity - This one really summarizes the last slide. You need to make sure you really want the goal you are pursuing. If you cut the clutter out of your life and focus then that will help achieve the goal. If you want to be a fitness model but hate to work out then I suggest you pick a different career. One does not go with the other and this habit will die an easy death because you do not enjoy the goal activity. Also using positive public pressure will keep you disciplined because people want to know how you are doing. That pressure will help keep you focused on your goal.

2. Never Skip two days in a row - Slight Edge behavior is taking small daily actions toward your goals. Magnified over time, these changes will result in compound results. You are effectively eating an elephant one slice at a time. Creating a habit takes 21 days but breaking is easier if you skip a couple of days in a row. This is really good advice. If you are a writer then write each day. Even if what you write sucks, do it anyway because the habit of simply doing it overcomes most barriers to success.

3. Self-esteem and Self-Confidence - Always work on your self-concept. It is near impossible to make time for your dreams, to break free from the traditional mold, and to truly be yourself, if you have low self-esteem and self-confidence. Self-Esteem is if you feel you are worthy of respect from others and self-confidence is whether you believe in yourself. These two things are vitally important in life. Think about this - Who do you look up to and respect? Are they confident and do they have a healthy self-esteem? Most people will agree that they do. Nobody wants to follow a weak leader. If you were to go into war right now, do you want to follow a commander that is not self-confident? No way. Master these two areas of your self-concept and don't become cocky and this will transform your goal attainment.

The Essential Motivation Handbook is a good collection of concepts that will help in motivation and disciplined action. These are very important especially if you are going to start and grow a business. The obstacles and fear that you have to confront are enormous and staying motivated and true to your cause requires disciplined action and self-confidence.

I hope you have found this short summary useful. The key to any new idea is to work it into your daily routine until it becomes habit. Habits form in as little as 21 days. One thing you can take away from this book is never skip two days in a row. This is really simple advice and profoundly true. Once you ingrain a positive habit then make sure not to break it by skipping two days in a row. Once you do skip then it will continually get easier to skip moving forward. Don't do it.

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