Motivating Motto

Frank Somma is a highly successful salesman, a motivational speaker, and a good friend of my good friend and mentor, Rob Gilbert (check out Rob’s Success Hotline: 973.743.4690). Frank has an inspiring blog where he shares inspiring, insights (visit In a post a while ago, he talked about a gift that his cousin and valued friend, Steve, gave him in the form of a simple, but powerful idea: He challenged Frank to come up with a motto that captured his goals.

Here’s what Frank said about this: “… I needed to get a lot done and was concerned that in my zeal to work I would neglect my body or drift from my core principles so my motto was “Run Hard…Sleep Well.” It reminded me daily that I was committed to working but if I sacrificed too much on the personal side I would not “Sleep Well.”

The next year, Frank chose a new motto — one that expresses an intention he wants to keep foremost in his mind on a daily basis over the next 12 months: “Mindful of every moment and grateful for every day.”

What a wonderful motivational tool! Reading Frank’s post inspired me to ponder a personal writing motto. After thinking about it for a while, one popped into my head that seems perfect for me: “Take action every day!” I’ve written this on a card and put it by my desk. It captures my writing goal for the next 12 months: I want to move forward with momentum.

How about you? Why not come up with a writing motto of your own — one that will inspire and motivate you to achieve your major goal over the next year and put it where you’ll see it every day: on your computer, your desk, your iPhone, in your wallet? If you think of one, I’d love to hear from you. And write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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