How to Find All the Motivation You Could Ever Need


Before I started my business, I was a corporate manager desperate for something more purposeful. I began a quest to find my calling and make a difference in the world. I have landed in heaven: helping creative women entrepreneurs with “big ideas” implement their world-changing visions.

I’ve learned so much on the journey that brought me to this point. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that motivation to do anything is inherent when we’re connected to our purpose for doing that thing.

If you are connected to your purpose and following your calling, you will have all the motivation you need to keep moving forward. If you find yourself lacking motivation, there’s nothing wrong with you! It likely means you’re shooting for something that isn’t fully aligned with who you are. Once you find alignment, you’ll find your motivation.

Jenny Shih is a coach and consultant for right-brained, creative entrepreneurs. She helps “big idea” people implement their world-changing visions. Jenny’s free idea flight kit will give you everything you need to get your ideas up and flying.

She also likes to talk about superheroes and saving the world.

Tweets: @jennyshih
idea flight kit (it’s free): go here

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  2. CL (November 3, 2011, 8:55 am)

    I love this girl’s energy around business stuff! Thanks for giving me permission to be where I am. You articulate that space so well. The world is lucky to have your work!

    • Jenny Shih (November 4, 2011, 8:31 am)

      You have complete permission. Be where you are right now, as there is no other place to actually be :-)

  3. Bev (November 3, 2011, 9:30 am)

    I love this Jenny! It is absolutely true. It is also true when you are following your calling – when you lack motivation you just aren’t fully aligned. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Jenny Shih (November 4, 2011, 8:32 am)

      I like how you phrased that, Bev. A lack of motivation means misalignment. Right-on.

  4. danielle (November 3, 2011, 9:54 am)

    Hi Jenny!
    great video- following this advice really helped me narrow down my business to the one or two things i want to focus on- and let go of all the related, but not focused, ideas i had. Now that i am only focusing on two things instead of 6 or 7, i get much more done and am moving in a forward direction with those two things instead of staying stagnant with 7..
    I always love your advice- thanks for sharing…

    • Jenny Shih (November 4, 2011, 8:27 am)

      Awesome, Danielle! So great to hear that you’re moving confidently in the direction of where you know you want to go!

  5. Christy (November 3, 2011, 10:04 am)

    Have I mentioned that I love you and your work :) The Why is so important for keeping motivation in everything we do. Interesting to know that motivation is tied to the limbic system which is driven by emotions. So the why most always have a strong emotional pull! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jenny Shih (November 4, 2011, 8:29 am)

      Thanks, Christy! Yes–motivation comes from the WHY. Good to know about the limbic system – emotion – motivation connection. That makes total sense!

  6. Caryn Gillen (November 3, 2011, 3:17 pm)

    Jenny! Spoken by a true follower of her gut – inspiring and freeing… What if we listened like this all the time? What would be different… Thanks for the reminder!


    • Jenny Shih (November 4, 2011, 8:31 am)

      I wonder that same thing, too, Caryn. What would happen if we followed our inspiration and gut all the time? All good things, I’m certain!

  7. Nicole | blue bicicletta (November 7, 2011, 4:48 pm)

    Great video post Jenny! And it’s so great to see you in the flesh! This is something I often struggle with – trying to push myself to do things that I think I should be doing to grow my business. But you’re absolutely right – when something really excites me and is really in line with how I want to spend my time, there is no effort involved with getting myself to do it. I’m definitely going to put some more thought into this in relation to some things I’ve been dragging my feet about. As always – thanks for your insight!

    • Jenny Shih (November 8, 2011, 1:10 pm)

      Sounds like you’re connected to that wise part of you that knows the difference between true inspiration and mentally-driven ideas, Nicole. You’re right; if you’re dragging your fee, it may not be the right area for you to focus right now. Thanks for being here and sharing your insights!

  8. Anna Kunnecke (November 16, 2011, 9:20 am)

    Great video, Jenny! Thanks for the great reminder to take it down to the core on those days when I get bogged down in the minutiae!

    • Jenny Shih (November 18, 2011, 8:34 am)

      Glad it helped, Anna! No reason to get bogged down with the minutiae :-)

  9. Andrea (November 18, 2011, 7:59 am)

    Hi Jenny!

    I love your energy. Yes I really resonated with the example you used in this video. I am launching a new website and want to include an online product however I am still researching the product. I recently realized inorder for it to be the quality I want I have to slow down and take some time developing it and implementing it. Thanks for indirectly reiterating this for me :-)


  10. Hillary Rubin (November 18, 2011, 8:27 am)

    Awesome post Jenny! You rock on video. Love how you say if you don’t have motivation there’s nothing wrong with you.

    • Jenny Shih (November 18, 2011, 8:33 am)

      Thanks, Hillary! Yes – lack of motivation doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you. (And thanks for the video comment–this was my first one!)

  11. Amy Scott (November 18, 2011, 8:54 am)

    Wow, awesome job for your first video, Jenny! :) And this is exactly the message I needed to hear right now. Thanks.

  12. Helen Herman (November 18, 2011, 2:48 pm)

    What a great message, Jenny! And so on-point. If you’re struggling with something, the best thing to do is let go. There’s a reason you’re struggling, after all!

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