Checklist for Better Motivation



Here is a checklist of one-liner reminders you can use to motivate yourselves and others.


  • Be on fire.
  • Bend the rules to bring out your best.
  • Create some space.
  • Create the arena that serves you.
  • Cut the dead wood.
  • Do the opposite.
  • Don’t let anybody tell you can’t do something, or that you’re not good enough.
  • Eat, sleep, and exercise on a cadence.
  • Empower yourself.
  • Find a way.
  • Internalize your success.
  • Switch to the past, present, or future.


  • Act on your inspiration.
  • Build momentum.
  • Do worst things first.
  • Find your flow.
  • Finish faster.
  • Keep moving forward.
  • Just start.
  • Make it a “MUST.”
  • Simplify it.
  • Stick with it.
  • Switch gears.
  • Turn “have tos” into “choose tos.”

Anxiety, Stress

  • Don’t let anxiety or worry get the best of you.
  • Use stress to be your best.


  • Be the change you want to see.
  • Be part of the solution.
  • Call it an experiment.
  • Embrace the change.
  • Rattle your own cage.


  • Figure out what you want.


  • Be YOUR best.


  • Decide.
  • Say “No” to the stuff that drags you down.
  • Say “Yes” to the stuff that lifts you up.

Discipline, Self-Awareness, and Self-Control

  • Build your inner strength.
  • Don’t let other people push your buttons.
  • Inspire yourself with skill.

Emotions, Passion

  • Be confident and calm.
  • Change your state.
  • Change your thoughts to change your feelings.
  • Do passion work.
  • Energize your approach.
  • Link it to good feelings.
  • Love the mission.
  • Play your favorite music.
  • Turn your anger into action.
  • Want it with a passion.

Fear, Failure

  • Change your approach.
  • Conquer your fears.
  • Conquer your problems with confidence.
  • Deflect the setbacks with skill.
  • Divide and conquer your problems with skill.
  • Don’t let fear stop you.
  • Don’t look for excuses.
  • Don’t play the blame game.


  • Ask questions that move the ball forward.
  • Focus on one pitch at a time.
  • Focus on the greater good.
  • Focus on the numbers.
  • Focus on the things that empower you.
  • Focus on what you want.
  • Focus on what’s working.
  • Point your camera at the things that fire you up.


  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • Get your game on.
  • Go for the epic win.

Goals and Limits

  • Set a deadline.
  • Set a time limit.
  • Set a quantity limit.
  • Set extreme goals.
  • Set mini goals.

Mental Models, Mindsets, and Metaphors

  • Be a force of one.
  • Change the frame, to change your game. .
  • Choose the metaphors that light your fire.
  • Model the best.

Pain and Pleasure

  • Remind yourself how short life is.
  • Remind yourself, that It could always be worse.
  • Use a big stick.
  • Use pleasure and pain.


  • Don’t be a perfectionist.


  • Chart your progress.
  • Count the wins.
  • Reward your effort and your results.


  • Choose significant tasks that are meaningful for you.
  • Choose the words that mean something to you.
  • Find your “one thing.”
  • Find your “why.”


  • Play to your strengths.

Teaming Up

  • Build your band of merry men.
  • Team up to tackle the tough stuff.

Thinking, Self-Talk

  • Ask yourself, “What would <<fill in the blank of favorite hero>> do?”
  • Be a coach, not a critic.
  • Change the story you tell yourself.
  • Don’t play the same broken record.
  • Think the thoughts that serve you.


  • Choose the scenes that serve you.
  • Create a wall of inspiration.
  • See it in your mind’s eye.
  • See what’s possible in a way that blows your mind.


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