When you’re starting your own business, or working on a goal, several factors can lead to demotivation:
- Too busy running other aspects of your company
- Social obligations
- Lack of time
Procrastination develops. And before you know it, years have gone by and you still haven’t launched your business or worked on that product. It’s not because you have no idea why you began in the first place. After all, it was your dream. It’s because the build-up of all the above factors have rendered you ‘lazy’.
By lazy, I mean other factors (including those listed above) have become more important to you, causing you to lose focus and interest in reaching your goals.
Remember the adrenaline you had when you first started working on your idea? That incomparable excitement? That vision? You still have it. It’s just locked up in your psyche somewhere and you’ve forgotten all about it. All you need to do is revisit it.
How? Through motivation.
Sometimes all we need is a dose of motivation to remind us of the reasons we first began working on our goals.
Enter motivational speakers.
Not only will you listen to some inspirational words, you will discover some great techniques that will resurrect your vision and quickly get you back on track to finally completing your much-delayed dreams.
Here are 5 of the best motivational speakers that can help you regain that much needed drive and determination in order to reach your business goals:
1. LES BROWN
About: If it’s powerful inspiration you’re after, you’ll do well to find a better speaker than Les Brown. Born with his twin brother in a low-income area of Miami, Florida, in an abandoned building, Brown was subsequently given up for adoption. He was adopted by the oft-mentioned Mamie Brown, a then 38 year-old single woman who worked as a domestic assistant.
Brown went from being cruelly labeled as a “remedial, retarded student” to developing high self-esteem, which later led him to become one of the leading motivational speakers in the world. He was also a noted politician and even anchored his own talk show: The Les Brown Show.
His famous It’s Possible talks, delivered during the height of his success, touches on all aspects of reaching your goals with self-belief and overcoming life’s many obstacles. He draws on anecdotes to illustrate how people can overcome challenges in order to succeed in business and life.
Style: Powerful, inspiring delivery. Anecdotal and encouraging.
Notable work: Live Your Dreams (1992)
Quote: “Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.”
2. ANTHONY ROBBINS
About: A commanding 6′7″ presence, Anthony (Tony) Robbins is one of the most famous celebrity speakers of today. He’s a passionate speaker with a distinct, deep voice that stays with you long after you listen to his work.
Ever careful to steer clear of the oft-found ‘waffling speakers-with-no-substance’, his talks are succinct, direct and powerful.
Born in North Hollywood, California, Robbins went from a difficult childhood in a broken home to becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the world as a leading personal finance instructor, life-coach and self-help author.
In 2007, he was named in Forbes magazine’s “Celebrity 100” list, with estimated annual earnings of approximately US$30 million.
Style: Deep, powerful voice and delivery. Instructive and informative.
Notable work: Awaken the Giant Within (1991)
Quote: “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
3. ZIG ZIGLAR
(November 6, 1926–November 28, 2012)
About: Zig Ziglar travelled over five million miles to deliver his renowned motivational talks to millions around the world. Born into a large family of 12 siblings in Southeast Alabama, Ziglar went on to carve a unique career path of his own. He served in the United States Navy during World War II before becoming vice president and training director for Automotive Performance.
Ziglar’s distinct delivery, full of personal stories and encouraging words of wisdom, made him one of the most sought after motivational speakers of his time.
Style: Highly recognizable Texan accent. Optimistic and honest.
Notable work: Secrets of Closing the Sale (1982)
Quote: “You don’t build a business, you build people. And then people build the business.”
4. JIM ROHN
(September 17, 1930–December 5, 2009)
About: Rohn’s personal rags-to-riches story played a large part in him becoming one of the true pioneering gurus of personal development. He was also a successful entrepreneur and author.
From having been raised on a farm in Idaho, to becoming a vice-president of a large national company, Nutri-Bio, in the 1960’s, Rohn exemplifies all that he teaches – attitude and action.
His book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle (1991), described what he considered the five components of success:
- Philosophy: how you think
- Attitude: how you feel
- Action: what you do
- Results: measure often to see if you are making progress
- Lifestyle: the kind of life you can make for yourself out of the first four pieces
Notably, Rohn mentored renowned speaker and multi-millionaire, Tony Robbins, in the late 1970’s.
Rohn went on to receive the 1985 National Speakers Association CPAE Award for excellence in speaking.
Style: Distinct tone and delivery. Assured and succinct.
Notable work: Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle (1991)
Quote: “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
5. ERIC THOMAS (E.T.)
About: In complete contrast to the more ‘conventional’ motivational speakers above, Eric Thomas’ style is far more ‘contemporary’ and urban, with a strong emphasis on powerful, ‘coach-like’ motivational methods. Nicknamed the ‘Hip Hop Preacher’, his direct and relentless delivery provides an incomparable source of instant motivation.
Thomas draws on personal experiences in order to exemplify the significance of overcoming life’s many difficulties.
He was raised in a single-parent household in Detroit, Michigan, and never had a relationship with his father. At 16, Thomas dropped out of high-school and became homeless for two years, sleeping in abandoned cars and plucking food out of garbage cans. His life transformed after meeting a preacher who inspired him to go back to school and “Go save lives.”
Thomas is now a successful motivational speaker, author and minister.
Style: Energetic, adrenaline-filled delivery. Positive and upbeat.
Notable work: The Secret to Success (2012)
Quote: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe; then you’ll be successful.”