Part 10: Reflections and References

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Reflections and References

I hope you take the time to reflect on the lessons provided in this article. This expansive piece of writing was created not only to help others, but to help me. I have also struggled with gathering motivation and holding on to it. There’s a lot of great advice offered and it has taken a lot of time and effort to put it all in one place. I know I will be returning to this article from time to time, seeking motivation and the advice I need to reach my goals.

Follow these guidelines to build, maintain, and restore your motivation:

  1. Be inspired to go beyond the routine and face difficult challenges
  2. Remember that you do have control over your attitude, behavior, and choices
  3. Take responsibility for the things you have the power to change
  4. Who you choose to be can influence those around you and can determine your path in life
  5. Sometimes we need to be someone that we’re not, in order to find the motivation to inspire others
  6. When motivation fails, the power of habitual and repetitive behavior can carry us through hardship
  7. Be analytical, practical, or creative to solve problems
  8. The only meaning in life is that which we’re willing to give it
  9. Our beliefs about ourselves and the world can determine how we navigate through life
  10. Determine who you are when all the external things you believe yourself to be are removed
  11. Negative thinking feeds negative attitudes and consequently negative outcomes – think positively
  12. Be grateful, let go of envy, be patient, reclaim control of yourself, commit to action, establish meaning and declare purpose by serving others, be willing to take calculated risks

If you enjoyed the content provided in this article, I highly recommend you check out the source material that allowed this article to be possible.  Please note that for some publications listed below that are no longer available, the site administrator has provided links to currently accessible editions.


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Covey, S. R. (1989). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Free Press.

DeSteno, D. (2018). Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride. Eamon Dolan / Houghton – Mifflin – Harcourt.

Duhigg, C. (2016). Smarter, Faster, Better. Random House.

Eschenroeder, K. (2014, May 19). 10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action. Retrieved from The Art of Manliness:

Frankl, V. (1946 original Austrian edition (1959 U.S. edition)). Man’s Search For Meaning. Beacon Press.

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Leotti, L., Iyengar, S., & Ochsner, K. (2010, Oct). Born to Choose: The Origins and Value of the Need for Control. (L. Drayton, Ed.) Trends in Congnitive Sciences, 14(10), 457-463. doi:

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Montgomery, L. J. (2007). Perceived Control and Locus of Control in Active Duty Military Members: A Comparison of Late Enrolees with Early Enrolees. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Psychology. Philadelphia: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Digital Commons. Retrieved 06 14, 2018, from

National Skills Coalition. (2014, July 29). Basic Skills Are Everyone’s Business: Building Ladders of Opportunity for Minority Communities. National Skills Coalition. Retrieved June 14, 2018, from National Skills Coalition:

National Skills Coalition. (2018). Middle-Skill Credentials and Immigrant Workers: Missouri’s Untapped Assets. 07: June. Retrieved June 14, 2018, from

Reivich, K., & Shatte, A. (2002). The Resilience Factor. Broadway.

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Willyerd, K. (2015, February 27). Millennials Want to be Coached at Work. Harvard Business Review, Online. Retrieved 06 14, 2018, from

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