We see motivated people as some of the most positive people in the world. Truth is, we often are.
But we also have a side of us that wants nothing to do with anything that will slow us down, or stop us from being who we are capable of.
We’re focused and determined. We have high standards – and certain things are just unacceptable to us.
Here are several of them.
Things motivated people hate
1. Wasted Time
“I wasted time, and now time wastes me.” — William Shakespeare
Are you kidding me? Did I really just sit through this meeting or event that had no relevance to the work I do or want to do?
Time is the thing you have on your side – so you don’t want to waste any of it.
Treat time like gold and hate when it’s thrown away because you know you will never get it back. Of course, we will all waste a bit of time now and then. Just don’t stay there.
2. Being around Critics
“I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic.” — Leonard Bernstein
Motivated people are doers. Doers understand just how difficult things are.
The last thing they want is to be around people who do nothing but talk badly about the folks who do.
We would much rather hear the criticisms from somebody who has done something, as opposed to someone looking to tear others down.
3. Being around Unmotivated People
“People are not lazy, they simply have impotent goals… that is… goals that do not inspire them.” — Tony Robbins
Motivated people realize their potential and what’s possible for them. They can feel confused as to why others cannot see all the amazing potential they have within them.
We are goal-oriented and want to be around other like-minded folks.
We understand that who we spend our time with directly impacts our future. That’s why we want to ensure we are around other ambitious, purpose-driven people.
No offense to unmotivated people: we don’t hate you, but we just can’t give you all of our time.
4. Mindless TV
“Most people gaze neither into the past nor the future; they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the television.” — Radiohead
Not all TV shows are terrible for you, but most are. Documentaries, movies, and shows that push your thinking, trigger deep emotions inspire creativity are amazing and useful.
But watching hours of “reality TV” will literally destroy your dreams, goals, and priorities.
We’ve all been there, stuck in front of the TV. We think it’s only been 20 minutes, and then before you know it, 3-4 hours have gone by. We hate that trap!
5. Too Many Days Off
“A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” — Morris Fishbein
While I was living in India, I went on vacation to Thailand for three weeks. We came back after two weeks… I missed my blog too much.
We all love vacations, but when Seth Godin said, “let’s design a life we don’t need to escape from,” he was right.
Motivated people don’t want a break, they want to build. They want to take the time, energy, blood, sweat, and tears to build their dream lifestyle.
A few days off in a row is amazing. But too many days… and we’re over it.
6. Being Told To Slow Down (even though we probably need to!)
“Be quick, but don’t hurry.” — John Wooden
Let us move fast. Allow us to fail fast.
Let us move at the pace we believe is the best fit for right now. If we have to slow down, we will.
But we hate being told that.
We think that other people that don’t have the same goals and vision as us just don’t understand and can’t relate.
We’re moving fast – just sit back and enjoy the show! No matter how driven you are, you always need rest to care for your mind, body, and spirit!
7. Being Told To Think Smaller
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela
Another toxic concept for motivated people! We just can’t think small. It’s not in our DNA.
We think big, think fast and then act on it.
It’s the possibility of the dream coming true that excites us enough to take action, day in and day out.
8. Blending In
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then, you have to play better than anyone else.” — Albert Einstein
No, no, no, we can’t do that. Of course, at some point in your life, you may feel safe blending in and going with the flow.
But as our confidence and motivation to succeed grow, so does our desire to stand out.
We can’t find any reason to blend in and not shine. Motivated people believe that success is always within reach – but we will never reach it if we stay with the crowd.
“Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.” — Victor Hugo
We fear not having enough energy. We hate having low energy.
Motivated people party less (but of course, we still have fun!), knowing that the hangover really translates to a day lost, wasted away.
We work out hard and work late. But we make sure we stay away from things that will drain our energy, both physically and mentally.
10. Being Average
“Success and average have nothing to do with each other.” — Eric Thomas
‘Good’ is the enemy of great. ‘Good’ is so dangerous because sometimes it can look like ‘great.’
We don’t want to be average. We don’t want people to think we’re average.
Most importantly, we don’t want to think of ourselves as average.
It’s more than a thought and feeling. We are willing to work for it.
Motivated people strive to do their best in all areas of life. We don’t want to just be great in one area, like finances, career, or relationships.
We want the whole package to be great – and we’re willing to put in the work to ensure that happens.
Just so we are clear, motivated people are not hateful. We are just so committed and passionate about bringing out our best every day.
We don’t take this one life we’ve been given for granted – and we want to be around other people who feel the same way.
Are you a motivated person? Are there some things that drive you crazy that didn’t make the list?
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