Mankind has been blessed with the free will of making decisions. These decisions can enrich our life or cause it to take a turn for the worse. Not a day goes by that we don’t make dozens, even hundreds of decisions, most without even thinking.

Daily, we decide when to arise, what to eat, what to wear and what route to take to work or wherever our destination leads. These are made with little pause or thought. Others require a little more insight such as where to vacation, who to date, who to marry, which car to buy and which neighborhood is best for security and schools.

The decisions we make, whether major or minor, affect our lives to no small degree and those decisions must be made. Some of us approach decision making with reluctance and dread being afraid of the consequences. Sure, almost any decision we make could involves conflict and dissatisfaction. Yet, we must take control and make the decision and accept the outcome, good or bad.

Decision making is a lot like bill paying. Both must be done and usually within a certain time frame. If we’re late paying our electric bill the consequences can be the discontinuance of power or a late fee.

If you fail to make a decision in a timely manner it could be taken out of your hands and placed in the hands of others. Avoiding decisions or avoiding paying bills may seem easier but results are rarely desirable.

Why must you make a decision? Identify the purpose, determine exactly what has to be solved and when. It might make the problem become clearer if you make a pro and con list. Study the list and the different choices and evaluate each in terms of consequences. If I make this decision what will happen and if I make another decision this is the result.

Determine the best decision, evaluate the outcome and make the decision. You might be criticized for making the wrong decision but you’ve done the best you can do with all the information available and you moved forward. You made a decision. You did something before being run over from behind. The only people who are never criticized are those who do nothing.

A key decision can alter your life. Accept this fact and approach it with eagerness. In the movie Sliding Doors, a woman’s life is changed dramatically because she failed to make it through a sliding door.

The movie gives us an opportunity to see how she handles each set of circumstances. This is probably an over dramatization, but illustrates the power and importance of our decisions.

Gather information on the decision to be made, determine the best alternative and put that decision into action. Look back only to learn from your past decisions but don’t dwell on them. Move ahead and focus on your future. Decision making requires a plan. If you don’t know where you’re going then one decision is as good as the other.

It’s a good feeling to make a conscious decision about yourself and your life and each time you do this the process becomes easier and your confidence builds. Make a commitment, make a difference and take control of your life.

PDF for Downloading & Printing
Karen Locke Info PDF Download


Look around at the successful businesses in your area or anywhere in the world. What made them successful? Reasons for business success are many and complex but one of the underlying reasons for success in most businesses is employee motivation.

If your employees are not motivated, your business will suffer from the inside out and it could begin to crumble one employee at a time. Soon, you’ll be surrounded by poor, dissatisfied employees with the good ones gone seeking job fulfillment.

Without question, people work to make money, to make a living and support their family and the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed or would like to achieve. But, if your business strives to maintain a healthy environment it must go beyond monetary reward. If we fail to gain fulfillment in our work and feel needed then the paycheck becomes secondary and may not be worth it at all.

1. Treat your employees with respect. If possible, learn their names and address them as such each time you see them. If their job gives them no dignity they will dread coming to work and want to leave as soon as possible. Without respect, there is no company loyalty and they will undermine you each chance they get.

2. Earn your employees trust. Make them feel an important part of the company’s success. Share with them company plans for change and expansion. Communicate with employees individually and as a group.

If they hear about a change in their company from an outsider or on the news, they feel left out and even betrayed. Be generous with inter office memos to be followed with meetings in person. Lack of communication with employees is one of the chief reasons for inter office turmoil. When the truth is not shared, false rumors can triumph.

3. Listen to what your employees have to say. In many cases, your employees are closer to the job than you are. They have a feel for what’s right and what’s wrong and will be willing to share this information with their employer if they’ll listen. You may not want to take action on all their suggestions, but give them an opportunity to vent. You may be surprised at what’s going on right under your nose.

4. Show your appreciation. Merit raises are nice but sometimes not feasible. Schedule an appreciation day with a small party or get together. Perhaps name an employee of the month.

Present them with small tokens of your gratitude such as a bonus, employee pin or a coupon for dinner. Your appreciation should be spread throughout the year, not just at an annual meeting. Frequent boosts of employee morale are essential.

5. Provide employees incentives for advancement. No one wants to work in a dead end job. Find out what each employee wants in the job and in life in general and express an interest in helping him or her to fulfill those desires. Many times you’ll learn they want nothing more than to love what they do and feel they’re contributing to the overall effort.

Your employees deserve to have your respect, trust and appreciation. Communicate with them and provide work incentives and your employee motivation skills will greatly improve. So will your business.


Motivation is much like a soda. You can find it everywhere, but there are so many decisions to make on what you really want. Sodas come in all shapes, sizes and flavors.

They can be bought in cans or bottles, in regular or diet versions.

Do you prefer caffeine or decaffeinated, which flavor is best and do you want the ones that are vitamin fortified? Which price is better? Would the generic brand be just as good?

Do we want the six packs, twelve pack, the one, two or three liter plastic bottles or cans? By the time we make all these decisions just to buy soda it’s a wonder we ever get out of the grocery store. Many other foods require similar decisions.

There are all kinds of motivation training choices, but how do you decide what’s best for you? You’ve already taken the first step by realizing that you want and need training in the field of motivation. Motivation is good medicine, but how do you take the dose?

Motivation can be like a generic soda and cover all general aspects of motivation and usually cost less. Or, it can be very specific. There is probably a motivation program for every niche you can imagine. Ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish before investing a large amount of time and money in a program that may not fit your needs at all.

One of the things you learn in salesmanship is to not give the customer too many choices. The more decisions a buyer has to make the less likely you are to make the sale. But, you are the one making the decision on what type of motivation you would like to have. Now that you’ve made the decision to get started, do your research. What are your reasons and goals for seeking motivation training?

There are excellent training programs in organization, leadership and development skills.

You can learn how to do public speaking or make a dynamic presentation. Other skills you can develop with motivational training include emotional intelligence, management and communication. The aim of learning these skills and becoming motivated is typically to impact your personal and business success and ultimately turn a profit.

After you select a subject, then determine how you’ll absorb this training. Again, you must know yourself. Are you a better visual or audio learner? Would you rather read or listen? With video you can do both.

Video training usually is more restrictive while with audio tapes or CDs you can listen on the go and even while you’re exercising. This is good. You’re using your time wisely and efficiently. If none of these appeals to you, consider a motivational course administered by hypnosis.

Motivational training could come in the form of an internship or part time job. Go to work or intern for a company you admire and observe how that company got so successful.

Learn how the managers motivate their employees. Attend their sales and motivation meetings and take notes. This is real on job training, not just theory. Self discovery is one of the first steps to achieving motivation. Motivation training is out there. Reach out and grasp it.


It happens to us all. One day we’re motivated and the next day we’re in the dumps having ourselves a pity party. Staying motivated is not easy. If it were, everybody would do it. But, it can be done. You believe it can be done and that’s why you’re reading this right now – good for you!

You may have felt good about a certain job or project when it began. You were filled with enthusiasm and motivation. Then you hit a few speed bumps and unexpected failures and your motivation waned. You may have fallen into depression and decided to give up. All of those positive thoughts turned into negative ones.

We’ve all experienced these emotions that can cause us to give up prematurely. All that upsurge of energy when we started a new project inevitably ends as dreams become reality and we lose our confidence.

You must turn these negative emotions around and the best way to do that is to understand them, analyze them and what caused them. We lose our motivation as we lose our focus, our confidence and our direction. If you can learn to control these three emotions you can control your life.

Focus on what you really want. Be specific and be positive. We generally think in terms of what we don’t have rather than focus on what we want. Don’t focus on your fears but what you can do to overcome them. Don’t focus on being poor but on a plan to create wealth.

To do this make a plan to get there one step at a time. You don’t become the president of a company until you’ve come up from the ranks. Focus on your plan to achieve your objectives and your goals. Be realistic on your goals. Goals that are unreachable can lead to depression. But even small goals that are achieved lead to increased motivation.

Boost your confidence by taking stock on what you already have and not what you lack. You’ll probably discover you’re more successful than you think. We waste our mind power being jealous of others instead of working on achieving our own aspirations. Don’t take your strengths for granted and count your failures one by one. Count your blessings one by one and whatever your mind thinks it can accomplish.

Without direction there is no motivation. You must create a day-to-day strategy. Make a to-do list and do it. Mark off each item once it’s accomplished and do not mark it off until it’s done.

You’ll eventually get tired of looking at it on your list and do it. By making a list or outline of what needs to be done, you’ll find ways to do it and you’ll believe that you truly deserve success. Don’t waste time by worrying about the future. Start today by doing something to change your future for the better. Today’s actions can create a better future.

Don’t be surprised or depressed about a loss of motivation. Look at it as an opportunity to step back and analyze what you’re doing wrong and what you’re doing right. Discover your faults and correct them. When you re-evaluate your plans and goals from a fresh perspective, you’ll feel a new surge of enthusiasm and motivation.


We become what we think. This quote has been proven over and over again. If we perceive something bad is going to happen to us, many times it does. On the contrary, if we believe something good is going to happen this often becomes true as well. Science has affirmed the link between positive effect and its impact on an individual’s motivation and performance.

If we expect the best or we expect the worst, we’re usually not disappointed. Each time we perceive a positive thought it increases our own perceptions of positive expectancy.

For motivation to last it requires constant thinking with daily positive reinforcement.

In the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is says great teachers have taught us that the law of attraction is the most powerful law in the universe. Like attracts like and whatever you’re thinking, the law requires that like thoughts are attracted back to you. In other words, you get what you expect as your thoughts become real so take care to expose yourself only to positive thoughts.

Surround yourself with positive affirmations and you will initiate change in yourself, in your life and in the lives of others. Positive thoughts enable you to achieve self-confidence and self esteem. With these qualities you can motivate and inspire yourself.

Believe in yourself and others will believe in you and you in them.

Most motivational quotes come from learned and successful people and they’re useful in the work place and at home today and throughout the rest of your life. Just as happiness is contagious as you surround yourself with happy people, positive thinking is derived from surrounding yourself with positive quotes.

Many find it helpful to print up several of their favorite motivational sayings and place them where they’ll be seen frequently each day such as on your desk, your computer or on your mirror. What you see each day contributes to what your mind thinks and if you’re thinking it, you are consciously or subconsciously working toward that end.

View motivational quotes day after day, night after night. Lucretius said, “Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” If we persist each day in some small way to achieve our goals then some measure of success will be ours. An old Chinese proverb cautions too, that, “Talk doesn’t cook rice.” Too many times we’re all talk and no action.

St. Clement taught, “If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.”

We must hope and dream but we must also work toward our goal. Constant reminders such as these ever-visible quotes steer us on an unwavering path to completion.

Perhaps one of the strongest motivators and risk takers ever was General George S. Patton who said, “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” Quotes to motivate deliver the mental fuel to improve your life’s implementation. Expose yourself to these thought daily. What touches you becomes a part of you.

BoatsYou know what needs to be done. It’s obvious when you look at yourself or what lies around you. The work has been assigned, whether by your superior or yourself, and you must get started – but somehow, you lack the motivation to get off square one.

Success can’t be achieved without motivation. Where is the source of your motivation? Where can you turn for the inspiration that will propel you forward? We’re all different and are all motivated by different things.

Some are motivated by the visualization of completing the task and reaching the goal. It could be to get a job promotion and a bigger paycheck, or finish another chapter in the book you’re writing, or losing five pounds by the end of the week. Seeing yourself as actually grasping these goals could motivate you to travel the road to success.

Visualize completion. Never lose sight of your ultimate goal. Know you’re going to get what you deserve soon and push forward with renewed motivation. You know that success is not just an option but is a real fact. Believe this and motivation is easy.

Preparation fuels motivation. Motivation without the skills to achieve your goals is not enough and if you know you’re lacking something to move forward motivation is hard to summon. Motivation is fueled by knowledge followed closely by persistence.

Change your environment. New surroundings often give you a renewed outlook on your life. It can be something simple. Put a new plant in your home or office, hang a new picture or open the curtains and let in the light.

This also includes surrounding yourself with positive people. When you’re around positive and successful friends their attitude rubs off on you. You absorb their energy. Conversely, when you’re with negative people or drab and depressing surroundings you absorb that energy as well.

Other methods to find the source of your motivation is to re-evaluate your tasks and make certain you’re working toward your goal. Brainstorm and look for new information. You can do this by taking a break, go for a walk, exercise, work in the yard or relax with an inspirational book. Using your brain in different ways will stimulate it and stimulation leads to motivation.

Do something for others. When we do for others we find motivation within ourselves. Many times the way to achieve your goal is to assist others in reaching theirs. Seek to serve and you’ll become energized and motivated when people rely on you. Disappoint them and you disappoint yourself – and you’re not going to let that happen, are you?

Some find a motivational source by talking or reading aloud to themselves. Keep an inspirational book handy at all times. When you actually hear the positive affirmations they become more effective.

Motivation comes from many different sources and you must find what works for you from within. Believe in yourself. Anticipate the good that will happen in your life. Never fear the bad. Do this and motivation is yours.

BridgeDavid McClelland’s achievement motivation theory is widely known and has been adopted successfully in many organizations. McClelland contended that his methods were better than traditional tests based on IQ and personality.

Primarily, he advocated competency based assessments and tests while promoting improvements in employee assessment methods. McClelland outlined three types of motivational needs.

These include motivation of achievement, authority/power and affiliation. These were described in his 1961 book, The Achieving Society. He contends that these needs are found in all workers and supervisors and characterizes their techniques in motivating and being motivated.

  • Achievement motivation describes an employee who is attaining goals, both simple, realistic and challenging but attainable. He must feel a sense of accomplishment and an opportunity to advance in the job. Positive feedback is also required for this person to feel fulfilled.
  • Authority/power motivation is a person driven to make a difference. He must demonstrate a need to be in authority even to the point of power. His ideas must be expressed, appreciated and implemented. Motivation for this person is derived from achieving personal status and prestige.
  • Affiliation motivation is an employee who has a need to be a team player. He wants to be popular and well liked by both fellow employees and managers. Being affiliated with other people on the job is his motivation. He thrives on friendly relationships and interaction with other people.

According to the McClellan theory, most employees possess a combination of these individual characteristics. He contends that they all exhibit positive and negative influences in the workplace.

Some may undermine a manager’s decision making process while others may lead to lack of flexibility and demand too much if they’re too goal oriented even though they could make the best leaders.

Still, McClelland favored the achievement-motivated people to get things done and advance within the company. For these employees, achievement is more important than money and financial reward is merely a measure of success, not the ultimate goal.

The company benefits because achievement based employees are always seeking ways to do better including avenues of improvement and efficiency. So, does this theory hold true today?

For years, the theory has been extensively tested and debated. Almost all employees possess a need for all three: achievement, authority or power, and affiliation. And, whereas all these qualities have status in the work place too much of either can be less than desirable. Most managers today seek a combination of these qualities in an effort to achieve balance in the business.

DreamSelf-motivated (adjective) – motivated or driven by oneself or one’s own desires, without any external agency.

Finding the key to self-motivation is often difficult. However, once one finds it within themselves it can be the key to success and happiness. It can be an elusive key, as self-motivation is a difficult concept to understand and implement. Self-motivation can be defined as the ability to achieve a goal or a desire without being helped or influenced by someone else. In other words, you inspire yourself!

There are many motivation courses one can take to achieve and maintain the level of enthusiasm needed to move forward. It’s generally agreed that these courses are good, but results can most of the time be only temporary. Motivation is like a bath. We need it every day.

With a constant daily dose of motivation you can be inspired to continue your projects and maintain forward momentum until the desired goal is reached. Motivation allows us to maintain focus on the task at hand. If we’re not focused then we find ourselves floundering and distracted. Self-motivation is finding a way to concentrate your energy in the proper direction.

Find the method of self-motivation that works for you. Some gain motivation through religion. They believe if they turn their needs and desires over to God or a higher power, that He will accomplish all things and grant all things as they’re needed in life.

This is achieved through prayer, meditation and focus. Faith can be a powerful motivator but even the faithful believe that faith without works is futile. Faith combined with work can achieve wonders.

Many people are inspired by self-motivation, but lack the skill to implement it. You first must harness your emotions and you can do this by understanding them. Realize that there will be highs and lows in your life.

Some days you’ll have to be peeled from the ceiling and other days someone will have to scrape you from the floor. Self motivators can deal with this wide range of emotions by knowing that beyond every valley, there is a peak.

A surge of energy usually comes with the beginning of a project or idea and self-motivation comes easily. But, after the new wears off and you encounter a few setbacks you begin to doubt yourself and your energy level drops as well as your motivation. Now, you’re faced with the possibility of failure and it’s difficult to continue.

The path to success is never straight up the mountain. Know that you’ll meet many obstacles along the way. With self-motivation, you will find a way to go up, over, around or under anything that stands in your way.

Be prepared for the lows and anticipate the highs. You must resist negativity and search for the path back to positive thinking. With proper direction, creative thinking and reflection you can once again ride the road to success. Be inspired by self motivation and self motivation will inspire you. Each feeds on the other as you maximize motivation.

x354-q80Keeping a motivation journal can help you in so many ways is a great way to build better habits, as it forces you to be aware of your actions and behaviors. If you’ve ever kept a diary or any other journal you know what it’s like to make this sort of commitment.

Making daily entries into your journal is like talking to a friend – you can tell anything and always know it’s confidential. A motivation journal will help you think positively and creatively. It will help you develop new skills and increase confidence as these skills evolve. By writing your activities down, you crystallize your thinking and your goals allowing you to act with greater self-understanding.

As you discover yourself, you may become aware of things that need change. You may also discover that you’re a pretty wonderful person as you are. By keeping a motivation journal, we can assume that you’ve already set goals and mapped a path to accomplish those goals.

You’ve remembered to set realistic goals with attainable increments. These should contain specific objectives with a time frame and deadlines. With no time frame or deadline you could find yourself floundering endlessly and never making any noticeable progress.

This may be a good time to list lifetime goals for you. Where do you see yourself in five or ten years? These could be family lifetime goals, academic goals, even social and athletic goals. Again, it’s critical that you be specific. Similarly, just writing down positive things that happened to you or tracking your mood can help you identify good patterns in your life that are repeatable that you should make time for—not to mention things that make you feel bad or throw you off your game that should be eliminated.

A journal enables us to see what we’re doing, thinking and feeling on matters that support our motivation. It’s almost like seeing yourself through another person’s eyes. You discover what’s going on inside your head when you write them down.

Write down your successes and your failures. By doing this, we can analyze what went wrong and what went right. We learn what lifted us up to that success and gave us the motivation to do it. We also learn what lowers our motivation and what’s preventing us from succeeding.

Start a motivation journal today. You don’t want to miss a day of your new and exciting life.