Going the Distance: 3 Ways to Stay Motivated Long-Term

Going the Distance: 3 Ways to Stay Motivated Long-Term

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Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and podcaster. He is a nationally recognized leader in the real estate education space and has taught millions of people how to find, finance, and manage real estate investments.

Brandon began buying rental properties and flipping houses at the age of 21. He started with a single family home, where he rented out the bedrooms, but quickly moved on to a duplex, where he lived in half and rented out the other half.

From there, Brandon began buying both single family and multifamily rental properties, as well as fix and flipping single family homes in Washington state. Later, he expanded to larger apartments and mobile home parks across the country.

Today, Brandon is the managing member at Open Door Capital, where he raises money to purchase and turn around large mobile home parks and apartment complexes. He owns nearly 300 units across four states.

In addition to real estate investing experience, Brandon is also a best-selling author, having published four full-length non-fiction books, two e-books, and two personal development daily success journals. He has sold more than 400,000 books worldwide. His top-selling title, The Book on Rental Property Investing, is consistently ranked in the top 50 of all business books in the world on Amazon.com, having also garnered nearly 700 five-star reviews on the Amazon platform.

In addition to books, Brandon also publishes regular audio and video content that reaches millions each year. His videos on YouTube have been watched cumulatively more than 10,000,000 times, and the podcast he hosts weekly, the BiggerPockets Podcast, is the top-ranked real estate podcast in the world, with more than 75,000,000 downloads over 350 unique episodes. The show also has over 10,000 five-star reviews in iTunes and is consistently in the top 10 of all business podcasts on iTunes.

A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with Heather and daughter Rosie and son Wilder) spends his time surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and swimming in the ocean near his home in Maui, Hawaii.

Brandon’s writing has been featured on Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, FoxNews.com, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media.

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Let’s talk about motivation.

The truth is, people are motivated initially. They get really inspired at first, but they don’t hang on for long. They don’t stick through it and keep up their motivation long-term.

Most people get excited for a week and then they give up a week later.

How many have done that with a diet? Or a workout plan? Or with a business opportunity? It happens all the time.

So, what I would encourage you to do is to ask the question: how are you going to stay persistent for the long haul?

I’m going to give you three ways that I personally use.

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No. 1: Mastermind Groups

I am a big fan of mastermind groups, which means getting together with three to five other people, either online or in person. It doesn’t matter how—a Zoom call or a phone call is fine—but get together with three to five other people every week or every other week. Talk with them, share your goals, and hold each other accountable.

meetups group

No. 2: Daily Journaling

I have this thing called The Intention Journal. I use it every single day. I write down what my three goals are for the week, what my big goals are for the quarter, why I want the goal, what my objective is, what roadblocks I’m going to face, and so on.

And I track my habits in it every morning. I write what time I woke up, how much sleep I got, how much water I drank, if I’m drinking or not. Did I exercise? I also write what I’m grateful for, what I’m going to do today, my schedule, and I rewrite my goals.

All of this stuff keeps me motivated every single morning. Like they say, “Motivation is like taking a bath. You have to do it all the time.”

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To stay motivated, do it daily because it wanes.

So, I keep track of my fitness in this thing. I keep track of my real estate goals in here. I keep track of dates with my wife. I keep track of a lot of that stuff in here.

Brandon writing in notebook

No. 3: Performance Coaching

Finally, this one is not for everybody. Performance coaching is where you pay somebody—but I’m not talking about a $50,000 guru. I’m talking about paying a coach—like I do.

My coach’s name is Jason Drees. I pay him roughly $600 a month, maybe a little more than that. I pay annually. So, it’s expensive—it can be up to $10,000 a year for coaching.

But every other week, I meet with him about my goals and my processes. He really digs into my mindset, and he makes sure that I’m accomplishing my goals. This stuff applies to every area of life.

And as a result, I got a lot of really cool stuff out of it. I moved to Maui. I now go on a lot of dates with my wife. I’ve got two beautiful kids.

Whatever you use to stay persistent, stay persistent for the long-run.


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People are motivated initially. They get really inspired at first, but they don't hang on for long. Here's how to stay motivated long-term.