Motivation Is Just A Bad Drug

One of the biggest traps I see is people getting “hooked on motivation”.

Motivation is as about as effective as crack. “Take it”, get high and then it fades.

Watch a Youtube video… get lit up for an hour.

Read a book… get excited for a day.

Go to a seminar… get pumped for 2 days.

I’ve been to enough events to understand the motivation junkies.

They constantly looking for their next fix.

Now there’s nothing wrong with motivation. It’s just not very effective form of “drive”.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to transition from motivation to unstoppable drive.

First, let’s cover the things to STOP doing.

Unstoppable Drive Key #1: Stop Just Chasing Money and Follow Your Interests, Love, And Passion

I love money. It’s awesome. It allows me freedom. I can invest in: travel, new tech, my family, give it to people who need it, my health, etc…

However, I never do things JUST for the money.

Most of the motivation junkies I meet are money chasers. Most of them are in business opportunities that they don’t enjoy hoping to make some easy money.

If I was in their shoes, I’d probably need “motivation injections” too.

If I’m doing things I don’t enjoy — it drains my mental, emotional and spiritual energy.

I’ve said no to at least 50 “opportunities” in the last few years that would’ve put me in a bad emotional position.

I would’ve been trying to climb uphill, chasing money. My performance would’ve suffered.

My rule is simple: I’ve got to at least ENJOY EVERYTHING I’m doing. I’ve got to have a genuine interest. Ideally, I’m passionate. Could I see myself doing this for free? Do I see myself learning about this on a Friday night alone in my home?

I’m a co-owner in 5 different companies at the moment and I LOVE every single one. I love what we do. I love the industry. I love who we serve.

Unstoppable Drive Key #2: Never, Ever, EVER Settle

Being raised in a small village of 350 people, people live simple lives. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

However, it’s NOT for me. I cultivated a deep drive to live an extraordinary life. A burning desire to live exactly the way I wanted. And I’ve achieved it.

You want to live on the beach?

Want to have 4 cars?

Want to have homes in 3 countries?

Want to live a 5 star, VIP lifestyle?

Then, never, ever settle. Cultivate that vision. Put gasoline on it.

It’s so much easier to settle and accept the softer way. Except that’s one of the biggest lies you can ever tell yourself. Settling kills a part of your soul.

Every time you settle, you’ll lose a massive amount of drive.

Keep thinking about your vision on a daily basis.

POWER-TIP: Write 10-20 pages of vivid details about it. Write what your perfect day would look like (where are you, what does your home look like, how do you feel, who’s there?). Write what your perfect week would look like… your perfect year. I’ve done this and it’s spooky how powerful this is. I manifested almost everything on my list.

Dr. David Hawkins said, “What we hold in mind tends to manifest.”

You’ve probably heard of the law of attraction.

My friend Jesse Elder says, “What you want, wants you.

You need to make a non-negotiable, unbreakable commitment that you will never, EVER settle. Life is too short to settle.

Settling leads to regrets and I’m with Gary Vaynerchuk on this one. NOTHING scares me more than regrets. When I’m living the final days and moments of my life, I want to look back and feel that I did what I wanted to do.

Unstoppable Drive Key #3 Commit To The Long Game

We live in a world of “hacks”, 1 button solutions, instant gratification and endless ego gratification on our social media profiles.

However, the reality is SUCCESS is a long game. The sooner you accept that the better off you’ll be.

How long is long? It all depends.

I started studying copywriting when I was in my early 20’s. I built my first online business about 3 years after that. I worked on my skills daily.

POWERFUL REFRAME ALERT: I almost never think of “time” when it comes to a project or mission. Instead, I think of STEPS. Imagine there’s 100 actions you need to take to go from where you are to where you want to be. If you take an action a week, it’s 100 weeks (almost 2 years). If you take an action a day, it’s 100 days. Take 3 actions a day, it’s 33 days. So the name of the game is: maximum productivity and efficiency (READ MY 3X YOUR PRODUCTIVITY BOOK to take your speed to a new level).

Unstoppable Drive Key #4 Surround Yourself With People On The Path

Want to kill your drive? Then hang out with people that are living in the cemetery of broken dreams.

And sadly, that is the grand majority of the world. This includes most of your family, uncles, childhood friends and neighbors.

Have you heard of the crabs in the bucket? When a crab tries to climb out of a bucket, the other crabs will drag them back down.

Don’t take it personally. The crabs (people) that have settled to live in the bucket hate to see anyone leave the bucket. Why? Because it’s a painful reminder that they’ve settled. You’re letting them know that you’ve chosen to leave the status quo.

Most of them will do whatever it takes to drag you back down. They will try to break your will. They will attempt to create fear by telling you about all the bad things that can happen if you go for it. “Oh! it’s a big bad world outside the bucket.”

Forget that.

Leave the crabs in the bucket. Wave them goodbye. Blow them a kiss and wish them the best.

The key is to find friends and allies that also left the bucket. The odds are you’ll have to go national and global. The majority of friends are global at this point. Yes I’ve got some awesome local friends, but they are a minority.

Most of my friends I’ve met at business events, workshops, masterminds and spiritual retreats. We kept the vibes going and cultivated a deep bond.

It’s normal to feel lonely in the beginning. IT IS LONELY. Take this as an opportunity to work on yourself. Refine your skills. Read books. Buy info products and integrate them.

ALLY BUILDING POWERMOVE: Another option for building great friendships is forums and FB groups. No matter what you’re passionate about, there’s a forum and FB group about it. Start posting on regular basis. Keep your eyes open for the winners (the high level of consciousness people posting in the group). Friend them up. Message them. Schedule a 30-minute call to build a friendship. DO NOT do this with an agenda of selling them anything. Again, go for the long game. You may or may not ever do business with them. It doesn’t matter.

Unstoppable Drive Key #5 Cherish and Celebrate The Small Wins

Man, this is a BIG ONE. IT’S MEGA.

Celebrate and cherish EVERY SMALL VICTORY.

You got your first visitor to your website? YESSSSSSS

Got your first lead? AWESOME!!!!

Got your first sale? BOOOOOOOOMMMM….

Seriously. After your first sale, it’s just a numbers game.

POWERTIP: This one comes from John Reese, he once said (I’m paraphrasing) When you launch your website and business, remind yourself that today will be the worst it gets”. In other words, if you launch your website and it doesn’t perform that well, don’t worry. You’ll optimize your way to success. You’ll improve your optin rates. You’ll increase your conversion rates. You’ll add more products. You’ll get more traffic. It’s just nothing but blue skies as we look ahead.

I was talking to my bro Big Brandon Carter the other week. At the time of me writing this, he has over 663K thousand subscribers on YouTube and over 1.5 million fans on Facebook. He was feeling down because he felt he wasn’t getting as many views and subs as “the top YouTubers”.

I said, “Bro, it’s time to feel some gratitude. Stop thinking of these people as ‘views, fans, and subscribers’. They are PEOPLE. REAL PEOPLE. Imagine if they would all be here right now, it would be the biggest concern in American history. You couldn’t see them all. It would be a sea of people. Feel intense gratitude for each person you’ve touched.”

I had a similar experience a few years ago. I was doing some health seminars and we had 200 people registered for an event in Puerto Rico. A damn hurricane hits the island on the day of the event. Twelve people showed up. I enjoyed connecting with every single person that came. It woke up from the “analytics stupor” I was lost in.

It’s easy to get twisted in the metrics. Instead imagine every view, fan, and subscriber as a human being you’re touching and helping.

Same goes for dollars. You made $5 on Youtube? Awesome! Turn that money into something real. You could buy a burger at Five Guys. You can’t afford fries and a Coke yet, but you will soon.

You made $100 this month? That covers your electric bill. BIG WIN. You made $1500? That’s rent/mortgage!

Never, ever take the small wins for granted. Why would the Universe give you more of what you’re not appreciating?

ACTIVELY APPRECIATE Every win… Every Dollar… Every Person You Touch.


Meet the Author

Matt Gallant

Matt Gallant is a serial entrepreneur who's collected over 7 million leads in various industries, scientifically tested well over 10,000 different marketing ideas, generate tens of millions of dollars online and built his dream international lifestyle. Matt currently resides in Panama with his beautiful wife.

4 comments… add one
  • sammy Aug 22, 2017, 6:57 pm

    Killer article thanks for putting this together! LMBT!

  • Erko Aug 23, 2017, 3:35 am

    Great article, starts my morning. Great reminder overall also, thanks!

  • Boykie Aug 23, 2017, 10:17 am


    Awesome piece. I’ll have to come back to it a few more times to ‘extract all the juice’ and ensure all the keys are internalised!

  • Thomas Fouts Aug 27, 2017, 7:09 pm

    Thanks Matt. I kind of took the summer off, enjoyed life, traveled a bit, and now have a hankering to get busy online. This is just what I needed to read.
    I have divided my day into thirds. With each allotted time, it will be intent and focus solely on business/health/home. I am going to meet my first level goals in each area in 2.2 years.
    Keep these fantastic knowledge tidbits coming! I can’t wait to see what your new creation is going to be! Anticipation….

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