Self-Motivation – It’s like brushing your teeth

Do you have the ability to do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations?

How many people, do you think, are self-motivated enough to find a reason and strength to complete a task, even when challenging, without giving up or needing another to encourage them?

Motivational speakers are cashing it in worldwide. But why in the world would a boss need to motivate employees? I know you’ll have a million good reasons as to why it is done, but think about it for a moment.

I can understand that you can increase SKILL level with on-the-job-training, but should one actually be hiring or training someone to be motivated at his or her job?

Here’s my theory on this topic of SELF-MOTIVATION: On the one hand, the person is doing the job basically because there is some aspect to the job that is fulfilling and that he/she is passionate or cares about and they can make a living from it. Then, on the other hand, there is the person who cares only for the pay-cheque; they would rather be doing something else, but that “something else” is not bringing in the money like the “pay-cheque job”, so they simply do the minimum.

Now, let me come back to my question I put to you in the beginning…
Why in the world would you need to motivate employees?
The answer: because there are too many people who would rather be “doing something else” but they have become “addicted” to the paycheque. (Are you addicted to your pay-cheque?)

Gentle reader, are you self-motivated in your career path? Are you determined to be the best in your field of expertise and are willing to grow and learn, whatever it takes or whatever it might cost you? This question about self-motivation is an important question to ask.
Do not rely on friends, family or your boss to “pump you up” to meet targets or set personal goals. This is your task.

Here is the simple truth: People who have found their passion in life are by nature SELF-motivated. They stay on top of their industries and market trends. They are self-motivated to learn more about their job. In fact, they do not see their “job” as a job, but as a blessing to be able to learn and do more EVEN if they do not get recognition for it. They do not care about getting “appreciated” for their contribution – they are too busy focusing on their growth experience.

There are many tools you can use to help you get self-motivated. Books, seminars, mentors, role models, vision boards, etc, but you have to realize that it has to start from within. Meaning: It is a choice or a decision you make to be motivated each day. It is like brushing your teeth… it is something you have to do each day and not skip.

You CANNOT allow, nor wait for people and circumstances to get you motivated and fired up. Simply, pick up the tools each day yourself and stay motivated. Be aware that a motivated person has the energy levels to far out-perform any colleague or competitor. Motivated people are ACHIEVERS and you won’t find them procrastinating. They set their goals and achieve them with passion.

Calvin Dorman is a Professional Business Consultant and Web Marketing Lecturer from Cape Town, South Africa, offering companies and individuals more effective Web Marketing, one to one Computer Training and Graphic Design solutions.

The Art of Self Motivation: 7 Ways to Keep the Positive Energies Flowing

The Art of Self Motivation: 7 Ways to Keep the Positive Energies Flowing

We all have days when it is an absolute struggle just to get out of bed. We wish we can simply sleep all day. We desperately need to find some form of motivation, some reason to face the day ahead. At work we sometimes find ourselves pushing aside particular tasks. Somehow we cannot get ourselves to do them and we keep finding other things to work on, waiting for that elusive mood to come to us in order to get things moving along. Even relationships sometimes suffer from periods when either or both parties may be experiencing individual problems that keep them from nurturing their connection to their partner.

Whatever our personal situations, we all have experienced periods when nothing seems to be working the way we want them to and we lose our momentum, we lose our drive to keep going. Negativity starts to creep in and if we don’t do anything about it, we might end up in a personal or professional rut. The key is to find effective ways to motivate ourselves whenever we feel we are on that downward spiral.

Different things work for different people. The tips below should apply to most situations and each may work by themselves or in combination with the others:
1.Make a list.
Making a list in itself is very methodical and will somehow keep you from over-thinking or over-analyzing whatever it is that may be causing your lethargy, if at all you know. The very act of sitting down and forcing your brain to get organized may be all that you need to spur you on.

If you list down the things you need to do for the day, being able to tick them off one by one as the day progresses should be enough motivation to keep you focused. If you make a list of your long-term life goals, be sure to display it prominently around the house or near your desk at work to serve as your motivation every time you feel you are losing steam again.1.Stay in a positive frame of mind.
This may be easier said than done especially during emotionally-charged times but positivity is a state of mind that you can train yourself to be in. There are simple things that can help you achieve positivity like being in the company of the people who mean the most to you; or listening to your favorite inspirational songs; or treating yourself to a few hours in a spa; or helping out someone in need; or taking a short leisurely walk in the park; or even just putting your feet up and taking a nice 5-minute break. You may be surprised at how re-charged you will feel, ready once again to take on the day’s challenges.1.Visual Stimulation
Surround yourself with photographs of the reason(s) why you’re walking the path you’re currently on. If your life’s dream is to be able to earn that college degree and you have to take night classes after a long day at work, you may need to look at a photograph of yourself in graduation robes to keep yourself motivated during days when you are too tired and want to give up. Some visual stimulation will help wipe away the tiredness from your bones.1.Track your progress.
Every once in a while check how far along you’ve come and give yourself a pat on the back. Seeing your progress is as good a motivation as actually reaching your goal. Every small milestone needs to be celebrated. Realize that they all bring you closer and closer to your ultimate goal, whatever it may be.1.Harness your inner strength and determination to succeed.
With proper motivation, every person has the ability to make their dreams come true. Motivation can come from external influences like one’s family and friends or even material rewards. It can also come from within, from a person’s very own will to succeed. This inner strength can sometimes fade into near insignificance amidst the many struggles that a person faces each day. Firm believers in this inherent human trait have found ways to harness it thru the use of motivational jewelry that a person can wear at all times. These inspirational jewelry are often made with ancient symbols and are powerful reminders of a person’s connection to his environment and his own spirituality that makes it possible to achieve his most fervent goals.1.Make fear work for you.
Never forget what might happen if you don’t finish what you’ve started. Fear is an effective motivational agent to keep you from giving up. Fear of failure galvanizes people to do their very best and makes them extra careful with every step.1.Share your dreams with people you respect.
Not wanting to disappoint the people with whom you’ve shared your life goals is a powerful motivation for you to keep on striving for success. It is not easy to give up on your dreams after you have announced it to others, especially those whose opinion you hold in high esteem.

During those times when it seems hard to take the next step, remember that self-motivation is a personal decision and that none of the tips listed above will work if you don’t first decide to help yourself.