“He who hesitates is lost.” Proverb
In my business, we are always talking about motivation. Motivation is the “spark” that ignites the fire I like to call energy or action. We are all motivated for different reasons, however there are typically three ways that ignite action:
1) FEAR has been used as motivator for years. Often there is some sort of punishment should you not complete the assigned task. This punishment is usually something very painful to you and therefore, you will do anything to avoid it. This type of motivation could be called the, “do it or else” method. The problem with this type of motivation is that it only works temporarily. For example, if a coach makes you run extra laps in order to be a starter in the next race; or perhaps a teacher tells you to study or else you will fail the course, chances are you will probably do it. However, if for some reason you don’t see the coach or teacher for a while, you are likely to slip up and not do the work.
2) REWARD is another method that is often used to motivate people. It is simply the promise of some type of reward or prize if you hit a certain goal. This method doesn’t always work for a couple of reasons. One reason why the reward method of motivation may not work is because the reward may not be big enough. If the reward offered does not truly interest a person, they will not put in extra effort to achieve that reward. Second, just as some of us are afraid of failure, some of us are afraid of success. This means as a person comes close to achieving their goal, their motivation gets miss-directed and they self-sabotage.
3) SELF-MOTIVATION is the best type of motivation. I like to say it is the best because with this type of motivation, we tend to engage in an activity because we want to. Self-motivation forces a person to answer why something should be done. Then, they must figure out what’s in it for them if they do it, and finally, it helps them to see how doing the activity will satisfy everyone’s own need to feel wanted and important. I challenge you to really dig into the thrill and joy of SELF-MOTIVATION. Enjoy accomplishing something because you WANT to do it.
Spend some time today and write out what it is YOU really want. Make sure it is something that will bring you extreme peace, ecstasy, joy, etc. The journey of getting there will be fun if YOU REALLY WANT IT. Imagine hearing a voice in your head asking you over and over and over, “What do you want?” What would your answer be? What are you willing to do to get what you want? How hard are you willing to work? What are you willing to give up? If you have enough motivation you will achieve whatever you set out to accomplish!