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Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it“. Lou Holtz

Ability. Motivation. Attitude. Three key ingredients to help you to achieve your goal. I like this, because none of them work without the other two.

It doesn’t matter how much ability you have if you have no motivation or attitude. All that talent just won’t get used.

It doesn’t matter how motivated you are if you have no ability or attitude. You need to be able to do something and have a can-do get-to-the-finish attitude to keep going.

It doesn’t matter how great your attitude is, if you have no ability or motivation then you’re not going anywhere. You need to be able to do something and feel motivated enough to do something with it.

So you need all three. Yes, really.


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This is about your skills. What can you do? What’s your talent? What is it that you are so good at that people ask you to do it all the time? Don’t be modest here, what are you really skilled at? You might even have testimonials, star ratings, an award, social proof or something else to prove it.


This is your why – why you do what you do. What makes you get up in the morning? Why do you keep going? What’s the vision you’re working towards? What’s your inspiration? Maybe it’s your kids, or you want to help orphans in India, or you want a holiday to the other side of the world to visit your best friend or you want to help others or share a specific messsage?

Write it down. Put it somewhere you’ll see it all the time.


Not to be confused with motivation (WHY do something), attitude is how you FEEL while doing your thing. If you have a positive attitude then you’ll feel good about getting going and making progress. If you have a negative attitude then you’ll not feel good about doing it, so the ideal is of course to have a positive can-do attitude. A bit of oomph that you can push with your motivation and nudge with your abilities to make amazing things happen.

Ability + Motivation + Attitude = Success


What does this look like for you? What will you get if you use those skills that you’ve got – for a good reason and with a great attitude? Success doesn’t always have to be measured in money or things (although if yours is then that’s fine!) it might be more time, a happy family or freedom.

In the comments: Ability + Motivation + Attitude = What? What’s your definition of success?





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