Internal combustion – Internal motivation.

Gottlieb Daimler is known as the founder of the internal combustion engine. This engine was a game changer in the world of automobiles and trucks. The magic of this invention is that he captured the energy of explosive power in the interior of a cylinder. It does not come from external forces.

Speaking engagement this time: AutoNation Toyota Spokane, Washington.

I was asked to speak to the sales team on interior motivation and how one develops internal motivation.

Motivation has been a subject that has attracted my attention and investigation for over 50 years.

The story of Josh Burton is one of many stories about the power of internal motivation.

Josh Burton came to an NBC camp in Maui Hawaii with his daughter Brandee. Josh observed the camp for an entire week. He watched and listened.

A week or so after the camp Josh was driving down the road in Kauai and he made a life-altering decision. Josh, a chain smoker and a blackout drinker gave both up ‘cold turkey’. What happened to Josh?

Over the past 50+ years, I have heard hundreds of stories like Josh’s. In every case, interior motivation is the single most important factor in human performance and success.

Your personal energy is your thermostat for your health.

How is your energy for life?

What are you doing to protect your energy for life?

What are you doing to increase your energy for life?

May I suggest five logical action steps to increased energy and personal health?


One:  Increase your gratitude muscle. See the good in life around you.

Two: Fill your mind with positives and eliminate the negatives.

Three: Move more, eat less.

Four: Hang out with positive people and not negative people.

Five: Love and embrace solitude and silence.

Practice being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

Mike Nilson, former Gonzaga University basketball great states, “if you know it and you don’t do it, you don’t know it.”

The 10-day practice plan. Commit for 10 days to do your best to complete the big five motivation plan.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:19- 27