Les Brown’s 15 Minute Morning Motivational Speech

It’s always great to start your day with some motivational words.

Watch this inspirational speech by Les Brown.

Les Brown’s 15 Minute Morning Motivational Speech

Transcript of the Video:

the most valuable commodity I know of
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his information wouldn’t you agree
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what we’re going to talk about now is
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simply some keys to self motivation and
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all of us have motivation of some sort
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I’ve defined motivation as the desire to
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achieve that which you’d believed to be
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worthwhile and many people go through
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life never getting in touch with their
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greatness because of the lack of
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motivation to push themselves or because
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they have not found something that they
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believed to be worthwhile to challenge
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them I heard a poem once it said many a
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flower has bloomed unceasingly and waste
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its sweetness upon the cold desert air
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this translated that means simply that
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many are talented persons have gone
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unnoticed and the world never had a
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chance to be exposed to their talent
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because that person did not take the
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time to begin to express or to
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demonstrate or to motivate themselves in
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the direction to bring that which they
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came into the universe to bring how can
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you measure your motivation how can you
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evaluate where you are on a scale of one
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to ten let’s do this for ourselves
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mentally how do you rate yourself from
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one to ten your mental attitude about
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yourself how you feel about you how you
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feel about life
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how do you rate yourself on a scale of
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one to ten in terms of your physical
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appearance in terms of your health do
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you take care of yourself are you
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allowing yourself to get overweight and
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out of shape are you conscious of your
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health are you watching the food that
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you take into your body do you make a
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deliberate effort to exercise you know
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it was George Burns he said we cannot
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help getting older but we don’t have to
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get old and many of us get old before
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our time because we don’t take time to
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take care of ourselves your environment
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is a very good indicator on a scale of 1
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to 10 is it what you want it to be do
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you find it desirable are you satisfied
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the job a career that you’re involved in
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someone said that 85% of the American
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public unhappy with their jobs are you
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spending eight hours a day just doing
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time doing something that you don’t find
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challenging that does not make you
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stretch mentally that does not stimulate
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you that does not inspire you something
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that you don’t find a sense of
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fulfillment in it if you’re doing that
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day in and day out it has to affect how
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you feel about yourself your level of
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motivation your relationships
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what kind of impact is that having on
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your life is it nourishing or is it a
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toxic relationship does it drain you or
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does it build you up ask yourself that
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how motivated are you to do something
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about it
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your contribution your actions what are
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you giving many people will leave the
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universe without a trace no one will
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know they were here and in fact under
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their name we could put under their not
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used up will anybody know that you came
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this way what contribution are you
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giving what will you leave what will be
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different because you came this way
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someone once said that life is our gift
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to us that God has given us and how we
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live our lives is our gift to God what
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kind of gift
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are you formulating is this a gift that
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you like to take back and do something
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else before you turn it in think about
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that what can we do what are some of the
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keys that we can begin to use to
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motivate ourselves when our batteries
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run low because I don’t care who you are
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I don’t care what you do at some time
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you are going to get tired at some time
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you’re going to get in a rut seem like
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nothing you do works out right and
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sometimes it just seems like you just
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don’t have the wherewithal or the will
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to do anything that sometimes you act
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like you’re punch-drunk you’re just
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wading through like just doing time day
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in and day out looking at
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nondiscriminatory television anything
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that’s all just looking
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and oppress feeling powerless feeling
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useless and boy what do you do how do
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you get yourself out of a rut how do you
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when you know you can do more than what
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you’ve been doing and you’re not doing
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it and you’re discontent with where you
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are you get angry at yourself how do you
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get out of that rut how do you motivate
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yourself one of the things that we must
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do is that we must be involved and
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working on achieving self mastery you
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must work on yourself continuously never
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be satisfied with yourself always know
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that as you invest the effort in time on
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you that’s the greatest ability that
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human beings have above animals see a
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dog can’t be anything but a dog tree
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can’t be anything but a tree human being
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you’ve got unlimited potential you can
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put effort on you and by concentrating
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on you and developing you you can
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transform your life wherever you are
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right now so you want to work on
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yourself you want to read books that
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inspire you and motivate you you want to
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listen to tapes over and over and over
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again and I suggest that you listen to
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tapes when you first get up in the
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morning you want to control the spirit
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of your day when you first wake up in
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the morning your mind is operating at
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10.5 wave cycles per second that’s when
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the subconscious mind is most
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impressionable whatever you hear in the
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first 20 minutes when you wake up that
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will affect the spirit of your day when
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you listen to tapes listen with relaxed
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belief believing that this can happen
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for you and by listening to them listen
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to them over and over and over again and
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you will get a breakthrough you can
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listen to the same tape for months and
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all of a sudden you hear something you
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never heard before it have a special
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meaning for you or read the same book
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over again and you’ll find some special
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insight you said
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believe I didn’t see that the first time
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so you want to be involved in developing
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yourself most people won’t do that most
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people won’t take that kind of effort
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and invest that kind of energy in
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themselves because they will fall prey
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to that conversation within oh don’t do
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that you don’t have time you’re too busy
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you too caught up in the rat race most
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people won’t do that well they won’t
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take time to go to lectures they won’t
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take time to go to seminars they won’t
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take time to go to classes to improve
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themselves and as you continue to work
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on yourself you will begin to expand
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your vision of yourself you begin to
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work towards self mastery and you will
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begin to see it reflect itself in all
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the dimensions of your life your mental
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life your physical life your social life
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in your relationships your monetary life
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so concentrate on developing yourself
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because if you don’t I guarantee you
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that you will make a settlement and most
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people have and most of us already have
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what kind of settlement have you made
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with your life you know when we make
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settlements out-of-court settlements
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you’ve heard them that means that you
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decided to take something less than what
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you originally wanted to get had you
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gone into court and the reason that you
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settled outside of court is because you
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didn’t believe that you can get it so
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you made an out-of-court settlement many
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of us are making enlight settlement
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we’re settling for less than what we
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actually deserve we don’t feel good
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about it but we make it work in our
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minds we’ll come up with some kind of
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excuse to make it all right what kind of
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settlement have you made with your life
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many of us settle for less than what we
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want out of relationships because we
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don’t have the courage to change them I
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had a seminar used to do call are you
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living together or dying together
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many people are just dying together
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Gladys Knight used to have a song that
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says neither one of us want to be the
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first to say goodbye
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the next thing is in order to begin to
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find some keys to self motivation to
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drive yourself in addition to working on
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yourself and as you work on yourself you
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feel good about yourself and as you feel
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better about yourself you treat yourself
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differently develop a health plan so you
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can’t feel well and do well if you don’t
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have good health you can’t perform if
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you don’t have your health your health
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is valuable develop a health plan a plan
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that you will follow because this is the
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only vehicle that you have to carry you
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through this experience call life and
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you want to take good care of it because
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you love you enough you care enough
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about you and that’s not easy it is not
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easy having a health plan and sticking
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to it
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but you’re worth it doing it again and
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again and again I have lost 22 pounds
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several times
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seven it’s always do it I love potato
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chips people who know me know I love M&M;
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peanuts I love peanut butter and jelly
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sandwiches I love my mother sweet potato
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pie I love this it’s not always on my
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health plan but I put it on there
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sometimes I said life is too short to go
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without sweet potato pie if I go tonight
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I want you to slip up slice the sweet
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potato pie of my casket yeah and watch
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the smile of my face
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next thing is as you take care of
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yourself the next key is keys to
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motivation to self motivation you want
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to live life with energy and passion you
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want to make a conscious effort to be
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Lively see in life you either saying
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hello or goodbye you either on the way
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or in the way leave that people alone
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some folks just walking around looking
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to him are you doing honey
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stay away from these people just go away
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from them it affects you
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you want to smile you want to be happy
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you got a lot to be thankful for but you
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watch some of the faces around you every
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day
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and I tell you some of these faces they
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will put you in a depressed state of
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mind
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so you want to avoid these kind of faces
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when you see them coming turn your head
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next thing is that you want to monitor
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your inner conversations the things that
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you say to yourself you want to watch
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them and in watching them you want to
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take charge friend of mine told me this
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evening and she did it excellently she
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said I didn’t want to come tonight I was
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feeling so depressed and I said I’m
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going anyhow see that was the
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conversation so you really don’t feel
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like it you really don’t need to do it
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you don’t really need to read anything
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forget all that that’s that in a
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conversation oh you don’t need to worry
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about trying to go into your own
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business forget that you can’t do that
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what if you lose everything you’ve got
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that in a conversation that stopped you
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from doing the things you want to do
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less don’t do that how can you possibly
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think about being a motivational speaker
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you don’t have the contact you don’t
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have the money you don’t know the right
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people
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you’re gonna get up in your minds gonna
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go blink forget all that you remember
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that time you got up before some people
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and you panicked you stood up in your
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mind set down don’t you remember
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nothing yes and then I said shout out so
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you’ve got to learn to stand up to
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yourself inside yourself and
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short-circuit override that conversation
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that’s always going on 85% of what that
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conversation will tell you is negative
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it’s negative it will tell you you’re
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tied when you really are not tired it
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will tell you you can’t do it it will
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fill you with fear so you’ve got to
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watch that conversation and when you
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find it going on you’ve got to stand up
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to it so I’m going to do this anyhow I’m
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afraid but I’m afraid not to do it and
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I’m not going to let you stop me the
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biggest challenge that you will have in
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life is you as an old African proverb
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that says is there’s no enemy within the
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enemy outside can do us no harm the next
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thing that is a key to self motivation
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is that you’ve got to ask yourself what
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do I want out of life what do you want
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out of life what do you want out of a
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job what do you want out of career what
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do you want out of a relationship what
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do you want what gives you your life
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what how will you know when you got it
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what will make you happy you need to
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know you need to s not asking yourself
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some questions what do I really really
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truly want you need to be exact about
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that
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don’t be vague oh I just want to be
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happy that’s too vague what will make
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you happy how will you know when you got
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it see you’re all in on it the exact be
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specific and as you do that that will
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stimulate that super conscious mind or
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the reticular activating system of your
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mind that will begin to find those
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things to identify with it and once you
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begin to determine that which you want
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take the time to write it down don’t
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just think about it write it down that
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is a subjective process that engages the
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subconscious mind write it down once you
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write it down read it three times a day
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morning noon and night
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you

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