Episode 106: How To Create Motivation – 11 Motivators From My Favorite Book

I say all the time that motivation isn’t something that strikes the fortunate. Not at all, in fact. Motivation is something you have to CHOOSE to create EVERY day! Of course, as soon as I say that, the first and most obvious question is “how??” In today’s episode we’re tackling just that – how to create motivation. I am going to share 11 powerful motivators from my favorite book, Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is The Way.

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11 Motivators From My Favorite Book

  1. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  2. Find a way to transform your weakness into strength
  3. Most of our obstacles are internal, not external (Click to tweet)
  4. Our perceptions can be a source of great strength or of great weakness
  5. Rule over yourself. Training is authority
  6. Focusing exclusively on what is in our power magnifies and enhances our power
  7. Objections are almost always deeply rooted in fear
  8. Resist giving in to distraction, discouragement or disorder
  9. Follow the process and not the prize
  10. What’s right is what works
  11. We gather strength as we GO

How to Create Motivation

  1. Write your goals and read them aloud, with conviction, every day
  2. Visualize, visualize, visualize
  3. Create a list of things that motivate you
    1. Specific songs
    2. Pictures
    4. Books
    5. Movies
  4. Be honest with yourself when you’re not feeling motivated. Choose to change
  5. Get real about what is within your power & what you have achieved (or can achieve)


The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

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2 replies
  1. Faye Jackson
    Faye Jackson says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I listened to the last webiner for the fall weight loss group and you mentioned a book I was looking for the title – I didn’t write it down.I know you read a lot and often mention different books in the podcast, if there anyone you recommend on being discipline.


    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Hm, I’m not sure which book, Faye. I think I mentioned the author Brene Brown and her book Daring Greatly but that isn’t about discipline. The Power of Habit is a great one as is Motivation Manifesto. In general, I think being disciplined comes down to picking ONE thing and practicing it every single day, but just ONE thing at a time.


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