My Inspiration Story – How Changing Your Views on Motivation Could Help You Live a Better Life

Have you ever felt that motivation alone is not enough to drive you from doing the things that you love in your life? Maybe you’re just being too hard on yourself, and this perspective is affecting the way you live your life negatively.

In this episode of the Live Your Personal Best podcast, I share snippets from my upcoming book and explain why it’s essential to change the narrative around motivation to become a better person.

Listen to this podcast and change the way you think about the core of motivation and why comparing yourself with other people is detrimental to your well-being.

Episode Timeline

[1:22] Emily reveals the reason why she’s writing her book

[1:56] Emily reads a snippet of her inspiration story.

[2:32] Emily talks about the one narrative around motivation.

[3:09] Emily expresses her thoughts about the most common narrative around motivation.

[7:59] Emily encourages her listeners to broaden their perspectives towards success.

[8:55] Emily reads a poem from her upcoming book.

[9:12] Emily reminds herself about the dangers of comparing herself to other people.

[12:17] Emily talks about her upcoming podcast episodes this March.

Key Takeaways

  • When talking about motivation, there’s no need to sacrifice the things you love and matter to you to achieve your goals and aspirations.
  • One of the reasons why there’s a rise of motivational speakers who are former athletes is because they want to educate their audience regarding the mental toll caused by the sacrifices they made.
  • When you continue to follow the traditional view on motivation, there’s a great possibility that you’ll miss many things that you could learn about yourself in your journey.
  • You can have more reasons to be motivated aside from aspiring to succeed in your endeavors. You can utilize motivation to relax, slow down, and take a break.
  • You need motivation for all scenarios, not just one.
  • When you expand their view on what success could mean, you can be happier in life, and it could also help develop your view on what motivation is.
  • Don’t compare outcomes with other people because each person’s goals are different.


“Athletes can be successful without sacrificing their mental or physical health. Athletes can be successful in their sport and still thrive outside of it, too.” – Emily [2:45]

“There’s no reason to compare yourself.” – Emily [11:44]

“Go out and find what makes you different. Find what makes you motivated.” – Emily

About the Host, Emily Coffman
About the Host, Emily Coffman

Emily Coffman is the fastest growing advocate for athlete wellness in life after sport. She is a former NCAA Division I Athlete at the University of Oklahoma in rowing.

Now, she is the creator of the top 1% health and fitness podcast, Live Your Personal Best which has over quarter of a million downloads and best-selling author of Elite to Everyday Athlete.

Her research and focus on the health of athletes after they leave the field, has led her to become one of the leading experts for athletes to learn how to live a healthy life, enjoy working out, and find their new love of sport.