motivation There are lots of things that are considered stimulants--caffeine, sugar, bright colors, various legal and illegal substances, certain kinds of music, electric shocks, attractive persons of the opposite sex and so on. You get the picture. These are all things that have proven time and again to be physically stimulating to most people and many, many treatises have been written about all of them to varying degrees throughout the ages. This site, though, is about stimuli from a positive perspective. We want to make this the place to visit when you need some ideas from a top leadership speaker and motivational speaker. This is the place to share what gets you out of the bed in the morning. How do you successfully handle the daily problems you face in your various roles as wife, husband, mother, father, sibling, daughter, employee, employer, professional associate or fellow academic?

To learn more about motivating yourself, click here. What spurs you to action? How do you get yourself and the people around you moving in the right direction? If you've studied Tony Robbins and are asking: "what's next?" Answer: STIM!

Now, I will say right up front that we are not advocating the use of chemical stimulants of any kind. We advocate those methods that work with how our brains and bodies work and not against them or in any harmful way. We want to know what jazzes you up. Do you have some effective ways to channel that energy into your home life, work and relationships? Do you know of someone else who's written about this area of life and successfully harnessed their strategies for common use? Tell us about them.

Big or Small

These ideas can be big or small. Anything you find helpful, from TV, magazines or - my personal favorite - PDF ebooks. These ideas can spur you on to positive action or a clearer sense of well being and happiness. Even the seemingly smallest of ideas or shifts in perspective can be a huge help to other folks who are seeking help. It might even make you a Superstar of STIM!

I'm going to start us off with a very simple idea that I've found useful. And this is going to sound very simplistic and ineffective, but if you'll give it some thought and time to mull around in your head I think you'll find it very helpful too. I get out of bed in the morning because I'm looking forward to seeing my husband. He usually gets up earlier than I do and is already working on something or reading by the time I get up at around 7am. When my alarm goes off, after the initial shock!, I can't wait to go out into the kitchen and see him. I know this may sound sappy and silly, but I don't care. He is the love of my life and my very best friend. When we're together everything is okay, no matter what challenges we might be facing personally or professionally. His presence calms and excites me at the same time. He makes me feel connected to the world and inspires joy and laughter in my life. How very lucky I am to share my days and my life with him. Actively appreciating our time together moves me in many ways. Many people have referred to this as living in the moment. I like to think of it as recognizing love's face anew as often as possible.

So before it gets too sugary sweet in here, tell us, what gets you out of bed in the morning?