Motivation Masters: Tom Bilyeu

January 5, 2018

Welcome to 2018! No doubt you’re all figuring out your resolutions for the year… And most of you will have forgotten about said resolutions by February. If you truly want to stay consistent with your goals, you’ll need to learn from the masters.

This month, I’m introducing you to four motivational speakers - high-powered, highly successful individuals, who’ve learned to conquer everything that stands in their way. As far as I know, none of them dance (sadly), but their advice is solid gold for any resolution you wish to meet, be it dance-related or otherwise.

Today I’m starting off with Tom Bilyeu, an American entrepreneur and founder of Quest Nutrition, the second-fastest growing private business in North America. Here’s some of his best advice on pursuing your dreams.

Escape “The Matrix”

Most of us live in a world where we do what were told, we believe what others believe, and we generally keep our head down. The way to break out of that is to find something that drives you, something you are so passionate about that when you fully engage and embrace that passion, nothing can stop you.

Discover What You Really Want

Ask yourself: “What would I love to do, if I had nothing to do?” Initially, you’ll come up with something basic and not very useful, like “I want to be happy.” Then there will be the common things that everyone says, like “I want to travel more, spend more time with my family, etc.” But if you keep going, you’ll realize there’s still something missing.

Your true passion is locked away behind insecurities and self-limiting beliefs. But if you search long enough, you’ll start seeing something, a possibility that excites you. And that’s the beginning.

Pursue Your Goals for the Right Reasons

Trying to make more money in your job, or get that beach body ready is all well and good, but these self-serving desires will only take you so far. Instead, ask yourself: How can I help others through my business, so they pay me more? How will getting in shape help me meet someone I can love and cherish?

When you put your goals in these terms, you are recognizing that you are not the only one that will gain from keeping your promises. Let the people you have yet to help become your invisible accountability partners to keep you on track.

Change Yourself FIRST

As Leo Tolstoy wrote: “Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.” If you want to create a new business, become a more popular social dancer, or be more punctual in your classes, you need to start with yourself.

The skills you have acquired up to now have already taken you as far as they can, so if you want to do or have something, first you have to be something else. Spend time getting to know your mind, and how it rationalizes to get what it wants. Test and build a process to create the mindset you want, and you’ll have a winning formula.

Feeling pumped yet? Why not carry that feeling into one of our fitness classes, and party those Christmas calories away!

About the Author

Ian Crewe has been dancing ballroom for over 18 years, and has a Licentiate in American smooth and rhythm. His passion for dance eventually led him to blogging and the World Wide Web. Ian currently teaches at the Joy of Dance Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.