Great Question, Matthew!

We recently had a  Ziglar Success 2.0 Webcast and received over 150 questions from our audience.

“How can I stop getting distracted and stay focused and motivated to let myself succeed? I read books and attend seminars and then become motivated for awhile. However, it quickly fades and I find myself struggling through another meaningless job trying to get by from week to week. I sometimes write goals, but I never follow them through to the end.”  Matthew

As you already know, follow through is the key.  I have heard Dad say many times that “a big shot is just a little shot that kept on shooting.”  So how do you keep shooting?  Three things to do that will help tremendously:

First, clearly write your goals down.

Second, start every day 10 minutes early making sure that you begin your day right.  Start with reviewing your goals for the day, listing your top things to get done, and checking off what you accomplished from the day before.  If you really want to get crazy you can also end each day the same way.  Nothing like sleeping on what you accomplished and what you are going to get done the next day!

Third, plan at least 10 minutes a day of inspiration and motivation by either listening to or reading the good stuff.  This third thing is key, because in the end this is the reserve you draw on when you get de-motivated.  In fact, the more you feel “down,” the more critical it is to put the good stuff in.

Bonus tip for you — make sure you put a completion date on your goals, and celebrate them when you achieve them.  Many times we write goals that are so far off we never feel like we are making progress, so break them down into steps and celebrate accomplishing the steps.  This way you can honestly say, “When I write down a goal and work on it every day, I achieve it.”

Final thought – when you set your priorities for the day, ask yourself “will accomplishing these help me accomplish my goals?”  Sometimes priorities really aren’t!

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4 Comments on “Great Question, Matthew!”

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  2. Yvonne Finn Says:

    Your Dad is a smart man and you’re not too bad yourself(lol).
    But seriously, that is such a clear, concise way of saying what needs to be done to stay focused.
    Their is no magic, only that those who achieve this internal motivation make it seem magically.

    In a sense they do a dis-service by making it look so simple, but indeed it is only because they choose to spend their time doing, rather than whining.

    It is easy to become distracted, staying focused and motivated to achieve any desired goal is as your Dad said ” “a big shot is just a little shot that kept on shooting.”

    Yvonne Finn

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  4. Mert Says:


    The thing you experience is totally normal, since there is always a time lag between you know what should you do and you actually do. When you know (or understand) something very well, you need some time to really internalize it and put it into effortless action. But it is totally achievable.

    Furthermore, reply to your question in this blog is great at all. What I can suggest is “KEEP trying different ways to overcome this until you find one” and more “SEE the steps you need to take to achieve your goal clearly in your mind”. For the latter, the only way is to ask and model the experts in your area.

    The primary obstacles between you and your goals are usually mental. They are psychological and emotional in character. Never forget this.

    Good luck.

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