How to Stay Motivated by Asking ONE Simple Question

Do you struggle with getting motivated or staying motivated?

Sometimes the excitement of a new goal or project can get you moving, but often the motivation fades away with the initial excitement and you never reach your goal.

Why is the end result not enough for us to stay motivated and keep moving forward? 

Because often the end result is not real enough to us.  

If you are not tasting it, feeling it, really putting yourself in that place mentally… it’s just not real enough to keep striving for that goal.  

It’s important to remember to consider what happens if you fail to follow through on your goals, just as much as what life could look like if you do stay motivated and see things through.  


In this video, I am going to cover:

  • The simple tactic I use to help me stay motivated to see my goals through.
  • How to visualize both the positive and the negative outcomes
  • And… show you how using this method can help you reach seemingly impossible goals!

How do you stay motivated with your goals? Once you have made a list of all the things you want to accomplish and all the things you want to do, how do you stay motivated? Well, that’s what we’re going to cover in today’s video. Don’t forget to subscribe as I release new videos like this each and, every week.

Hey everybody, Dan Henry here, I’m a Wall Street Journal, bestselling author, international speaker, and eight-figure entrepreneur, founder of I love sharing my knowledge here on YouTube. Now, in the last video, we did a video on the focus list, how to decide what to focus on, and that’s this list that I have right here. Just to summarize, you make a list of all the things that are bad in your life. You make a list of the things that you would have to do to fix these things, and you order them by priority. If you want a deeper look into the focus list, please make sure to go back and look at my previous video on the focus list to get detailed with that. Okay. But how do we stay motivated when we are actually implementing this list? So that’s what I’m going to talk about.

So once you make a list of all of the bad things in your life and you say, okay, I’m overweight. I got a bad relationship with my father. I’m not making enough money and you make this list, okay? Here’s what I’d like you to do after you prioritize that list. After you decide, what are the things, for instance, you’re overweight, you’ve got to diet and exercise. You don’t have enough money. You’ve got to start a business or ask for a raise from your boss. You have a bad relationship with your father. You’ve got to make that uncomfortable phone call you’ve been waiting for years to make. Whatever it is, here’s what you have to do.

How do you stay motivated to do it? So here’s what I want you to do. Sit down. Think of a negative situation that you have to fix. Maybe you want to do this in the morning. Maybe you want to do this before you go to bed. Whenever it is, maybe you do this right before you’re taking action. When you’re planning your day, when you’re deciding, Hey, here’s what I’m going to do. Think and say in six months, in a year, in two years, in five years, what will my life look like if I don’t do this? What, and this is kind of tough, but what will I look like, what will I feel like if I’m overweight in five years? Will I not be able to play with my kids? Will I be dead? And if I’m dead, will my wife be crying for me? Will she be sitting alone trying to explain to her son why his father is gone? Or will she be running around happy with another man? Whatever it is and, I know that sounds a little bit tough to swallow, but what about not having enough money? What about that?

What about having a bad relationship with your father? Think about two years from now, five years from now, when you’re attending your father’s funeral. And you’re thinking to yourself if I would have just made that phone call if I would have just made amends because nobody ever thinks of the future, they think of right now. Most of the time living in the now is a great thing. But if you want the now to matter, you have to think about the future. Think about what will happen and don’t just think about it, smell it, taste it, feel it literally be outside at that funeral. You smell freshly cut grass. You hear the crying and the whimpering of your family off in the distance 10, 15 feet away. You hear the iron from the gears that lower that casket down six feet into the ground cranking. You hear the wind blowing. Really be in that moment, make it real because if you don’t make it real and you don’t motivate yourself to make that change, it will become real.

Let me give you a perfect example. I wanted to write a book, always wanted to write a book and I had a basic idea of what I wanted to write. I had a basic idea of what I was going to do, but I never had the motivation to do it. This was one of the times when I realized how powerful this technique is. Russell Brunson, who is the owner, founder, CEO of ClickFunnels. He has this huge conference every year. It’s called Funnell Hacking Live big, like five, 6,000 people, literally the marketing conference, right? Well, I never thought I was going to be able to speak because, you know, I made millions and millions of dollars. I used their software. I achieved everything there was to achieve in that world and every year I would never get asked to speak. Now, I didn’t know why I thought maybe my brand was a little too abrasive for them, or I didn’t honestly know, but I just thought it was never a possibility. So I didn’t bother to do certain things like prepare. ‘Cause I always thought if I could speak there, I’d give a book away. I’d give a free book to everybody and that would probably grow my brand and my business so much if I did that because I’ve seen other people do that and it worked really well. I heard stories of people going to all these different conferences, giving out a free book and their business just exploded. So what I did was I delayed. I didn’t think about it.

Well, one day about 30, well maybe 40 days before the next Funnel Hacking Live, Russell calls me up and says, Dan, I’d love you to speak. And I was like, this is amazing. Oh my goodness. You know? I’m like, I gotta come. I gotta do my speech and I pretty much knew what I was going to speak about. But then I thought, wait a minute. I thought, wait a minute. This is the perfect opportunity to do the book thing. But it was only 30, 40 days out. So I said to Russ, I said, let me ask you a question. If I got a book together, I don’t even think I told him that. I think I told him that I already had it together, but I said if I can get them printed in time to make it to the event facility, can I give a free copy away on every seat?

And he says, yeah. And of course when he says, yeah, I go, Oh my goodness. So over the next 30 days, I use my circle of focus technique, which I’ve talked about in other videos to write that book in 30 days. I wrote that book in 30 days had it edited, photoshoot, cover, everything. It was on seats, printed, the whole nine yards and from putting that book on every single seat, we generated about $2 million just from that, plus blew my brand, blew my name up like crazy. That’s this book right here, which again, 30 days, it took to write this, the photoshoot everything. It became a Wall Street Journal bestseller. By the way, if you want a copy of this book, I’ll leave a link in the description where you can grab it for free and we’ll ship it out to you just pay shipping.

But I digress. 30 days. Now you might say, Dan, what motivated? How did you stay motivated to get this done? It’s very simple. I closed my eyes and I imagined if I go through all this work and, I get up on stage and deliver this great speech and I have nothing to give them. They just say, Hey Dan, that was a great speech. Have a nice day. I thought this is my opportunity. How many millions of dollars in revenue am I going to miss out on? I mean, it was the perfect moment. It was the perfect moment for this to be released. I thought, what would my life be like if I did not take advantage of this? Every day when I woke up, man, every day, I thought about that. I thought about that. At the same time, and here’s where incase you get a little too doom and gloom, because a lot of people think about the positive, right?

They think about, well, what will my life will be like when I have a book, and that’s great. That’s good. It’s a good way to motivate. But when you never think about the negative, there’s no sense of urgency. There’s no true, back against the wall motivation because, we all know as human beings, when our backs against the wall, that’s when we perform the best, right? There have been stories of mothers, lifting cars off of their children because of the adrenaline boost they got. So I like to tap into that, now I always did think Hey, what’ll it be like? Yeah. It’ll be like the peak, I have my book, they’ll love it, we’ll have tons of clients come from getting free books. 6,000 books all given out at the same time. Sure, yes, absolutely I do think about that. But ultimately what really drove me to get it done was that sense of urgency. That thing that made me move. It made me get up two hours early every day, it made me focus. It gave me that motivation to get it done because I could not imagine my life without taking advantage of that opportunity. So that is my recommendation to you. The next time you want to get motivated to do something is, think about what your life will be like if you don’t do it. Taste it, feel it, smell it, close your eyes, and be there so that you never have to actually be there. Be there in your mind so you can avoid down the line being there in real life. And you can take advantage of the dream that you envisioned.

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