This article is for anyone who is building an online business and is looking for some enthusiasm and motivation.

Or an entrepreneur,

a doing person,

someone who just gets things done and strives and moves forward in their life and career,

and finds well….doesn’t it get, sometimes a bit hard to keep going?

work it out !


People say …where do you get your energy from Jeff?

What motivates you?

What keeps you moving forward?


Whilst those around me are planning their retirement in 20 years’ time I am branching out and trying new ways of being, doing and creating. I’m studying and learning new things.

I and many like me, are taking life by the shoulders and shaking it a bit and building a new life online.


But well how do we keep the enthusiasm and motivation going?

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Yes, it can be hard at times, but if you are in your flow, and the things that you are doing actually gives you the energy to keep going, then I believe the universe is showing you that you are meant to be doing it.

So that helps.

These are my top 5 tips for keeping your enthusiasm and motivation going.


Yes, it can be hard for many of us to feel motivated all the time. That’s normal, we are only human.

Motivation comes from feeling interested in something.

How many of you are not motivated because you feel bored?

Bored with your job?


Life in general?

Many men are lonely.


Work for example; when we are told we have to do certain things or learn specific things, whether we are interested in them or not can drag us down.

Stuck in endless meetings, working on projects that go nowhere.

Managing people who complain all the time, working for a company that doesn’t inspire.

These can all demotivate you and actually suck your energy.

If this is you, don’t give up hope.

These 5 tips can help you rediscover your enthusiasm and motivation for life and what you do in it.

As human beings if we are enthusiastic and motivated within our life we buzz with energy, we have a spring in our step and want to get out of bed in the morning.


As human beings if we are enthusiastic and motivated within our life we buzz with energy, we have a spring in our step and want to get out of bed in the morning. Click To Tweet

The impact is our well-being and mental health improves, therefore our physical health improves, and we get out more, we exercise and eat better and take of ourselves and so the motivation increases and so does the quality of our lives.


The foundation of this is learning; learning to set the triggers that will propel our life forward and help us to improve the quality of our life and happiness.

Read to Read to progress

Read to progress.

Our approach to this reprogramming or relearning to see our lives differently to re-motivate ourselves starts with a darn good talking to ourselves.


We all have control over how we engage with a process, if we see something as a chore and boring we say to ourselves…

I have to do this, I don’t want to, but I have to go to work, learn this, do that “

That instantly puts our mind on red alert. The mind says…

They don’t want to do this, let’s shut down the enthusiasm and excitement parts of the brain and really kick the boot in, this bastard won’t enjoy them self, no matter what”.


And you know what?


We don’t.

Mind alert

Mind alert

Time drags, we feel lethargic and tired and the whole process sucks us dry.

Start telling yourself;

I want to do this” …

I’m going to enjoy this”.

And suddenly your brain takes on another way of looking at what you are about to do, it starts to kick in the excitement parts of the brain, you feel excited, you feel engaged and pay attention.


Using negative ways of approaching all sorts of things undermines engagement and motivation experiences. We feel pushed into something like our parents telling us that we must “clean our room”.


It becomes a chore. Turn that experience into something to look forward to.


The danger that with that kind of negative mindset, is that we not only fail to enjoy the experience but also, we won’t be able to retain much of the new experience or learning.


As people, we need to take on constant new experiences and learning.


How many older people do you know that stay young because they keep learning and experiencing life?


Now think about the ones that have given up? I think of them always like the ones waiting for God.


They shut down and their life becomes a waiting game. They become demotivated and older before they need to.


We all know people like that, maybe it is happening to you right now?


Learning the new stuff is a way to excitement, personal and your own professional growth.

We keep interested.


We keep focussed and interested in life.


The same goes for your relationships.


How many of you are in relationships that just aren’t going anywhere?

Be real.  Be YOU.

Be real.  Be YOU.

They are dead in the water because there’s no enthusiasm anymore?


Keeping the excitement alive, keeping the learning live, with each other and about each other, opens us up to new possibilities in everything we do.


So, then Jeff…. what do we have to do to get all this motivation and enthusiasm stuff you are talking about?


Well a good talking to yourself is a start.


As I’ve said, if you were paying attention… changing how you speak to yourself is the first part.


Telling yourself I want to do something, I am looking forward to doing something, changes how you see your life.


And how you engage in the areas of your life you have to engage in; work, driving to work, visiting people you maybe don’t want to visit.


You get the idea.

The next stage is doing new things that will kick start your enthusiasm for life and bring all those wonderful, exciting changes to your mental and physical well-being.

Kick start that brain.

Kick start that brain.

But you have to take some actions and act every day. Don’t stagnate, don’t sit still.


For example, a friend of mine, a great chap, we’ll call him Ben, experiences some really significant mental health downturns, self-loathing and it really impacts on his life.

He notices, during a conversation with me that he likes green spaces and wants to do a bit of gardening.


He knows that in the past this has helped his mental health well-being.


He lives in a flat, no chance of getting a garden, so he buys himself a small little garden box with light and water, for his flat. Bring that green experience to his home.

Green space

Green space

4 months later he comes out of another low period and guess what?

Yes, the garden project is still in the box.

He has the time, he has the space to do it, but he doesn’t have the motivation and enthusiasm.


He tells himself he’ll do it another day, he’ll have to do one day…but never does.


Nothing changes until he changes that thinking in himself. He needs to want to change. But something maybe low self-esteem, living in this stuck part of his life, going around and around. That he can’t break free, he can’t find that motivation to move forward. 


He deserves better, but only he can make that change.

We have to take action within ourselves. For that change to occur.


We don’t have to go all out and sign up for a college degree or move to New York.

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No …changes can happen in small ways for them to count towards the bigger picture.


For example; Buying your food at a new shop, cooking different foods, from a new recipe you have found.


Listen to some music you don’t necessarily listen to (Editor…I’m listening to Mambo at the moment, cha cha cha).

Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha

Try a new exercise to work on that six-pack, you always wanted, telling yourself I want to do this, I want a flatter stomach.

Read a new book about someone you like, from history.

Watch a new series about something inspiring.

Talk to people at work in different ways.

I had some good advice recently…

Just Listen

Just Listen

Listen to that person and don’t think about making a comment after you have asked a really interesting question about their life, for example, and let them talk and find out about them.

You’d be amazed at what people don’t know about each other, some they’ve worked with for 20 years.

Do something in your community.

Speak to a neighbour and ask them about their life.


Be interested and you’ll become interested in everything around you.

My Top 5 motivation and enthusiasm busters.


1. Get out there and try something new, start small, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed and quit at the first hurdle. Try books, e-books, online short courses, a new language on your phone that you listen to in your car.

Learn and Listen

Learn and Listen

2. Think back to what motivated you when you were a teenager, (Editor…where are you going with this Jeff?). Or before you got bogged down with work, commitments, mortgages, bills. Revisit old ideas, old interests and start them again.

Pickup and dust off that guitar, get back to singing even if it is a sing-along on YouTube. Set yourself 10mins a day to do this and other things and motivators will follow. I promise you, this works. Again, don’t bite off too much, small steps lead to success.

3. Set yourself one goal this year. Again, something you know you want to do, that gets your juices going, tell yourself…you want to do it, you want to succeed, you are looking forward to it and start working towards it.


It might be that book you are planning to write, that new language you want to learn, the new job you want or the person you want to ask out. Work towards it. Know you have a chance of getting there and you will succeed.

Do something cool

Do something cool

Set yourself mini goals, that you will achieve once a day or week, and keep to them.


Make a picture board or cut out pictures of what you want to achieve. Keep it by your desk or bed and look at it often.

They have to realistic and achievable, marrying Ollie Murs or Natalie Portman might not be achievable.

4. Make a note to change what you don’t like, but seeing it as positive first. This is really about seeing things in a different light.


So many people complain about what they don’t like, and you know what? it stays in the ‘what I don’t like box’ for years, nothing changes, they only see it as negative and they become down about it…

Remember the I want to do it conversation with yourself? This is one of those conversations.

By changing that conversation in your head, you will start to change how you see what it is that has become negative in your life.


Now, this sounds a bit crazy, but it really, really works. Believe me, I’ve tried it and it does.

Take the negative of the…Jobs, people, even exercise. And turn it around.


‘I want to do it, I love doing this’. will then reframe how you see it, we all have stuff we have to do, at least for the shorter term.

If we can change how we see it, the motivation and enthusiasm comes. If it doesn’t then make a positive plan to move it out of your life and change it, that in itself can be very positive.


5. The last one….it is the learning idea.

LEARN, LEARN and continue to LEARN.

Never stop learning, because when you do, well you might as well stop and give up buddy because your life is over.

be kind to yourself.

Keep learning

You don’t have to be clever to keep learning.

Read books, online, listen to videos on YouTube that don’t fry your brain but inspire you with exciting ideas, stuff that takes your thinking forward in a new direction …that’s learning.

Watching a box set of Game of Thrones is all very nice, but do you learn?

If you commute… listening to audiobooks from great people who have kept going and moved forward. Ideas people like Wayne Dyer, Bob Proctor, Tony Robbins.

Keep your mind flexible, open to new stuff and you will flourish and never get old or unmotivated.

My 102-granddad kept learning and growing right up to his last month on earth. He was old in the physical, but young in spirit and people loved being around him. He was interested and interesting.

That is a major hint for motivation and enthusiasm, keep learning.


There you have it my top 5 hints/hacks for enthusiasm and motivation to keep you happy and successful in life.

But it all comes down to you, and deep down you know that don’t you?

Don’t make excuses, anyone can change their life around.

Keep it simple

Keep it simple

There’s no magic bullet or pill.

There’s not one particular person and not another in your life who can make a change.

We all can change, with belief in yourself.

With the right thinking and motivation to change.

Learning is key.

So is looking forward and telling yourself that we want to change, we want to move forward and make our lives better.

So, go forward, my friends and make your life better.

Your confidence will soar, you will find your happiness within.

Head held high

Head held high

If you want to read more of my musings and articles have a look here on my blog on the Axe your 9 to 5 website.

Or if you want to see what education I am getting that is changing my life around and getting out of the 9 to 5 by building my own online business, there are 7 free videos that will blow your mind.

They will show you that there are alternatives out there that any person can achieve if they want to. Act here for the videos.

So, what do you do to keep motivated? Have you got some great hints and hacks for this type of thing?

Leave a comment below and let us know.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Take back control.

Jeff James.

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