5 Distinctions of Extremely Motivated People

There are so many highly motivated individuals in our world today. These people always seem to be in top form, no matter what is going on around them or what they have to do on a daily basis. How do they do it?

From years and years of noticing these people, and indeed, working my hardest to be highly motivated just like them, I have noticed several characteristics of the super motivated. They are as follows:


1. Focus

Being focused is certainly one of the most important traits of the ultra motivated. Focus is what allows us to continue working hours on end towards a particular goal of ours. Of course it is recommended that you take breaks every so often to rejuvenate yourself, however if you are highly focused on what you are doing, you may indeed feel time slip by much faster than you think. This can be a really good side effect of being focused.

However we must always take the good with the bad and vice versa, to be completely aware of our situation. To be fully focused is to give a certain task or set of tasks your complete attention for an amount of time, with a disclaimer – as long as you do not cause any harm to your own health, both physical and mental, in doing so.

Meaning you can spend hours on end working on something, without taking a break, if you are sure that you don’t need to take a break. Some of us definitely try this, and again for some it’s perfectly fine, but for others, breaks are necessary. We must all read our own situations and bodies to ensure we take breaks when they are needed. Or at least take them every so often for a change of scenery at least!


2. Their Goals Are Written Down

It’s also really important to write down exactly what it is you would like to achieve. To write down your goals is a success in itself as you are no longer just thinking about doing something, you have actually taken a step in the direction towards working on that goal. You are already doing great. In writing down a goal you have already made some commitment towards working, and hopefully, achieving that goal.

Those who start are already ahead of 99% of those who have not yet began.

Of course writing down a goal and actually beginning to work on that goal are entirely different. However seeing a goal written down in your own hand writing does in fact give you a sort of validation with regards to the idea behind the goal. You automatically feel more secure about your decision, and sort of give yourself permission to go ahead and begin work on that goal. Therefore it would make sense, that in order to become and keep yourself motivated towards working and achieving your goals, it is essential, quite simply, to first write those goals down!


3. They Reflect

One of the ingredients of remaining motivated, is to have a certain level of willpower, which you can essentially use to kick start any task that you may have to complete or work towards on a given day. And where does willpower come from?

Willpower can be found and created in a lot of different ways, however one of the strongest methods I have come across is through self reflection. To look back, (and please note here I am a strong advocate of only ‘looking back’ for constructive reasons such as the reason explained in this example or to recall a lesson, for example) and to remember ones achievements, lessons learned, or particular milestones reached, no matter how big or small, is certainly a great source of willpower & motivation.

Motivation which can be used in turn which can be used to fuel your desire to accomplish more and more. And so you see, it makes sense that the more you achieve (or indeed the more you fail as long as you learn from your mistake(s)), the more you drive yourself forward to accomplish more. One you get the ball rolling, your momentum will continue to grow for as long as you are committed.


4. Exposure & Network

In the human body & mind there are so many different kinds of feelings, moods or frames of mind that we can each experience. While the more important feelings of success, productivity and happiness are among the some of the most important feelings we need to experience in order to stay motivated, there are many other feelings that we may indeed experience that may force us in the other direction and cause us to feel demotivated. More tips on what makes a productive lifestyle located here.

We should of course avoid these feelings at all costs, and there are several methods we can use to accomplish this. We should strive to remove ourselves from the path of as much negativity as we possibly can. While we cannot ever fully avoid negative thoughts or experiences as they are natural in everyones lives at least from time to time, we can however reduce the effect they have on us. We should simply deal with whatever negative situation we may be in as quickly as we can and then move on, not devoting any more time thinking about the situation than is necessary.

Similarly we should only network with positive individuals as far as possible, and try our best to avoid those who are prone to complaining unnecessarily or who are generally negative. It really does not matter here what they are negative about, if an individual takes the time to complain about something they are not going to do anything about, they are essentially wasting their time, and they might as well have been talking about something more positive to begin with!


5. They Are Grateful

This is more of a wildcard characteristic of motivated individuals, as it can vary from character to character. However I have found this to be true more times than not, with regards to the motivated people I have met in my life so far. I think the more grateful you are, the more motivation you will harness as, in essence, to be grateful in general is to be happy with what you have.

This does not mean your ok with settling, it just means that you are or could be thankful for a number of reasons, for example, for what you currently own, your current health, your career etc. To be grateful is to be positive, and to be positive towards your current situation, on the regular, is extremely useful in motivating you to achieve your goals.

I would love to know what points resonate with you the most, so please leave a comment if you have 30 seconds to spare!

  • Great summary, Joey T.! Not a new list, but well-summarized, and smartly presented in an absolutely digest-able, make-it-your-own manner. I’ve written these down before, but doing so again in my daily journal as a fresh reminder. #goodstuff #gratitude

    • Thanks so much Jeff! Your absolutely right, it’s a spin on several ideas that have been around and explained already. I find it much easier to fully understand and to follow when I break them down in my own mind. Would there be any other points you find particularly important from your journal, that you would add here?

      • Hey again, JT – Just to be clear, my man, the summary you present is GREAT. Distilling them as part of your process is good for everyone you then share with, in my view. So thanks again!

        From my notes, I’d add “Daily Physical Activity” to the list of “Motivation Creators” — getting exercise for 30 minutes or more, preferably EARLY, to start the day, actually CREATES energy, provides time to get your head sorted for the day, gives you an early “win” / success to buid on, and puts you in the right, positive mind-set for the day. This idea certainly isn’t mine originally — but I’ve taken it to heart for sure as a means of motivating on a daily basis. Cheers, JT!

        • Jeff thanks so much for making sure I knew that you did like this post. You are so welcome by the way, I love writing about these kinds of topics, and It makes me really happy to get positive feedback.

          I love your idea of ‘Daily Physical Activity’. It really is so important to get exercise on a daily basis, even if its just walking to the shop for milk or even walking the dog or up and down the stairs a few times, it is vital.

          In a world where we spend so much time connected, online and in front of a device of some sort, I think young people in general as not getting as much time outside as they used to, in older generations, when we didn’t have so much technology to play with!

          Thanks again Jeff, for the suggestion. I will be sure to incorporate a point about ‘Daily Physical Activity’ in my next blog post that it applies to! Have a great day man!