Have you ever felt like you were capable of more than what you are
Do you have goals and dreams that you haven’t gotten around to
What does it take to really get going in life and start fulfilling your
What Is Motivation?
At the most basic level, motivation is what causes us to take action.
In order to get the most out of life, to accomplish any goal or aspiration, it is
critical to understand and apply your self motivation.
We can define motivation as having three basic components:
energy, willpower, and purpose.
Energy is the most basic component of motivation. Our day to day energy
levels can vary depending on a number factors like health, exercise, diet
habits, and environment. With a low level of energy, it becomes difficult to
get anything done as fatigue can set in quickly.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an
indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Willpower is the ability to push yourself to act, even if your energy is low or
if part of you is resisting. The more energy you have, the less willpower is
required to get you to take action and vice versa.
Willpower is like a muscle- if you don't use it often it will weaken and
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." - Friedrich
There are messages constantly coming at us telling us what we should or
shouldn't be doing. Advertising is all about giving you reasons to buy this
or that, your employer gives you reasons to do your work, and your family
and friends may try to tell you what to do with your life. Understanding
the power of purpose is key to understanding what is motivation.
Personal Goal setting
When going through a personal goal setting process, it is helpful to put your
goals into perspective. One of the goal setting strategies is to classify goals into
three general categories.
At this level of the personal goal setting process, your life goal gives you
inspiration for your other goals.. Look beyond your current needs and
problems, move past your fears, and see the image of who you could become.
Your life goal is what you would accomplish if you were acting at your full
capacity. Think about what would really give your life meaning; what you
could and would do if you were using your full potential.
This second category concretes goals that are how
you actually express your life goal.
Look at your life as it currently is, and think about
what immediate changes and long term changes you
need to make in order to get closer to your life goal.
Make some long term goals that will help you move
in the right direction.
Focus on one goal at a time, don't try to tackle
everything at once.
The main purpose of these types of goals are to give you the foundation and
ability to accomplish your larger aspirations and dreams. If you have poor
health, little money, low energy, few resources, etc., your ability to accomplish
the second level goals is diminished.
Goals like making money, being in good physical shape, and gaining power
are just means for you to achieve greater things.
Don't let them become the sole focus of your life, otherwise you may end up
disappointed when you achieve those types goals and find that they were not
How Changing Habits Can Change Your Life
Changing habits can have a profound impact on your overall
development and help to increase your personal effectiveness.
The first step in changing habits is to gain a better understanding of
what they are and how they work. Habits are the things we do with
minimal conscious effort.
So think about what you'd like to change in your life, and create a new
habit today- just start doing one thing consistently. One new habit that
may not seem like much, but over time the impact will really add up. Do it
now, and reap the benefits for the rest of your life.
Clarify What You WantClarify What You Want
Think Long TermThink Long Term
Celebrate the Small VictoriesCelebrate the Small Victories
Readjust StrategyReadjust Strategy
Evaluate OutcomesEvaluate Outcomes
o Usually the act of procrastination is a defense, a
way to protect yourself. Often when you
procrastinate, you are afraid that taking action will
have some negative consequence.
o You may think you are going to fail, or that
something will go wrong, and you put off the
behavior to try to avoid such a negative
o You may put off studying for a test because you are afraid you might not
be able to learn everything, or perform well during the test.
o You may put off finishing a project because you fear your efforts may not
be good enough.
Overcoming Low Self Esteem
Self esteem is based on deep rooted beliefs about self worth and your
innate potential. With low self esteem you may not feel like you deserve very
much, you may believe that your efforts will most likely meet with
failure, or you don't have much potential for improvement.
Beliefs like these will make a high level self motivation very difficult to
attain, you may have a hard time accomplishing goals.
Take ResponsibilityTake Responsibility
Examine your BeliefsExamine your Beliefs
Work on developing your strengthsWork on developing your strengths
Eliminate Negative InfluencesEliminate Negative Influences
How to Build Self Confidence and Increase your
Having self confidence is important as you set goals and muster your
motivation to get things done.
Your level of confidence will determine how ambitious your goals are
and will help you to keep going when you run into obstacles.
Self confidence is basically a set of beliefs you hold about your innate
potential and ability to accomplish things in life. Therefore, learning how to
build self confidence becomes a matter of changing some fundamental beliefs