From Rock-Bottom to Rockstar: 7 Crucial Motivation Tips with Todd CollinsBy Zachary Yuzdepski
Collins is the Chief Operating Officer of Platinum Reputations, a company that works to help businesses and individuals with their online brand. Todd Collins works with over 400 clients building out digital marketing strategies, managing online reputation, and assisting businesses in conquering their local markets.
Today, Collins has a fast-paced life speaking in front of audiences across the globe sharing his expertise, eating lunch with Tony Robbins, and helping run a very successful agency.
(Todd Collins speaks on fulfilling customer services at VendastaCon 2018 in Banff, Alberta, Canada)
Listen how Todd Collins went from having his car repossessed in front of a client, to sitting at a table with Gary Vaynerchuk and Tony Robbins in just 6 years. Hard work and hustle at its finest.
7 Motivational Tips and Challenges to Start Winning at Work, Home, and Life
1. Change Your Mindset, Become Competitive
When people think of being competitive, they might think of having the desire or motivation to beat an opponent. While outperforming your competitors might be a part of it, sometimes being competitive means competing against yourself.
The sales landscape is a competitive setting. To continue the sales example, if you want to become the best salesperson at your company, you probably chase the name at the top of the sales leader board. If this isn’t already working for you, then start by competing against yourself. Take your numbers achieved last month and challenges yourself to smash your own sales records.
It all starts with a mindset, you must believe in yourself and your own abilities to succeed.
That doesn't necessarily mean standing at the water cooler telling all of your co-workers, “Hey, I am the best salesperson in the world.” It can be a quiet confidence, and a confidence within yourself. Use this confidence to drive yourself, and start believing in your own abilities.
Challenge: Start making goals and targets whether it be sales, fitness, or life targets. Measure your success and work to beat your own targets consistently!
2. Start Reading More
Reading about other people's successes, failures, and life stories has proven to motivate others. Todd Collins was given a book many years ago, and at that time, a light switch went off. Reading can help keep you motivated, and the right book has the power to light a fire inside of you and change your life.
Challenge: Lacking motivation? Try reading a motivational story or novel to boost your adrenaline and kick your butt into gear. Check out Amazon’s Best Sellers, my favourite being “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***” by Mark Manson.
3. Don’t Just Set Goals, Write Them Down!
Harvard Graduate students were studied and asked various questions about their goal-setting strategies for their future. Here’s what resulted from the study:
- 3% of students wrote down their goals
- 13% of students wrote down their goals
- 84% of students had NO goals at all
In 10 years time, the class was interviewed once again. Of the 3% who set goals for their future, their average salary was 10 times as much as the other 97%!
Write down your goals, and have them staring at you every single day on a piece of paper to keep you motivated.
4. Evaluate Yourself: Who Will You Be Remembered As?
When you look back at yourself at the end of your life, who do you want to be remembered as? Todd Collins talks about his struggles with the idea that his children would remember him as a car salesman, not as the great dad that he is.
Make sure that you consider who you are perceived as. By your family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else whose opinion MATTERS to you. Haters will hate, but block out the opinions that don’t matter and focus on the people who do matter.
Challenge: In your goals notebook, take time to reflect on who you want to be known as or remembered as…and then write it down! Think of the most important opinions and people in your life, and examine how you want to present yourself to these people.
5. Accept That It’s Not Gonna Be Easy (And That's Okay)
Simply put, it isn’t easy building your success and becoming a successful businessperson or entrepreneur. Stop thinking that you will find success overnight—every successful person will tell you that this IS NOT how it works.
We recently spoke with Rand Fishkin, Former CEO of MOZ, and he touched on the trials and tribulations of the entrepreneurial lifestyle. Todd Collins echoes Fishkin’s points, in that the entrepreneurial chase is not always a bed of roses.
Challenge: Shake the mindset that success comes easy. If you are experiencing tough times or struggles, document it. You can use a goals notebook as a diary log to write about your struggles. When you bounce back from tough times, read back about the way you felt while experiencing a dark time. This can keep you motivated to succeed and to avoid the painful experiences you may have faced in the past.
6. Mornings: The Importance of Drive
Productivity can start with the motivation to get out of bed. We all know how hard it can be to leave your cozy mattress and warm blankets in the morning. It is probably even harder if you are getting up every single day to leave to a job or career that you are not passionate about.
Start your day with something you are passionate about, something that will give you a drive to tackle the challenges of each day. Todd Collins gets out of bed and heads to the gym, because for him that is a way to achieve or accomplish something early in his day.
If you make your bed the first thing in the morning, you have accomplished something. Although it is extremely insignificant to some, it can be the motivator that drives you to continue to ride a wave of accomplishment throughout each day.
So find something to drive you out of bed, each morning, and start your day by accomplishing something. Accomplish a workout, accomplish a chapter of your book, accomplish you kids lunch kit meal, or accomplish your bed making routine.
A morning drive and desire is the fuel for the rest of your day.
Challenge: Develop a morning routine that involves accomplishing something early in the day. You will feel more energized and more motivated knowing that you have started your day in a productive manner.
7. Cleanse Your Inner-Circle of Toxic Relationships
Swap your juice cleanse for a cleanse of personalities. If you are surrounded by a group of individuals who do not want to reach the level of success that you do, it can be difficult to motivate yourself. The people around you set examples for you, pave the road, and help to keep you motivated. Just like how juicing (in theory) rids your body of toxins, your social life needs the same to cleanse your mind.
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn has said,
“You are the average of the 5 people that you spend the most time with.”
Meaning, the more your hang out or spend time with toxic individuals the more you become similar to their character - whether you know it or not.
Start surrounding yourself by positive influences, kind of like the way your parents told you to make good choices and find nice friends in high school.
Challenge: Social media audit! Your social media channels might seem insignificant, but as humans, we tend to spend a ton of time on these channels. Follow people like Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Todd Collins, George Leith and get rid of the negativity (negative people) in your news feed.
8. Work to Deal With Stress
First off, accept that you will get stressed. Don’t try to block out stress, but embrace the fact that when things don’t come easy it is natural to experience stress.
With stress, there is always a solution, and there is always a way out of a trying time.
Stress can be used in a positive fashion, as stress often motivates people when faced with a deadline. Stress can be good, but your mindset must also accomodate the way you handle various types of stresses.
Challenge: Use stress as a motivator and start embracing some of the stress in your work life. Not everything is going to be perfect or go your way when it comes to your career or your day-to-day work. You must shake the mindset that work is going to be worry-free or problem free. Stress is normal, and can be used to motivate individuals to meet deadlines, hit targets, and accomplish goals.
Conclusion: Start Believing In Yourself & Your Abilities
The famous Chinese philosopher, Confucius, touches on the power of believing in yourself. If you believe that you will accomplish something, you are more likely to actually do so. If you don’t believe you can accomplish something, your motivation will die, and you might fall short of your objectives.
You don’t have to be the most talented, the most intelligent or the most experienced to become the most successful. Those who believe in themselves are more likely to win. Start winning.
For more on Todd Collins' incredible story, tune into this weeks Conquer Local Podcast!