Choice is Motivation
We hear the term ‘Empowerment’ a lot these days. For those who need a reminder, empowerment refers to liberty and our ability to achieve what we desire. Motivation on the other hand is that what keeps your spirit and enthusiasm high. Your need for self-empowerment or self- motivation in life comes within. Motivation gives you something to look forward to. And it makes everything seem attainable even those goals that may seem impossible. Mainly what motivates you is the dream of having a better life, career, family or love. Acquiring self-motivation can be a difficult process to start but it ultimately all comes down to making a choice. Your decision to choose an appropriate motivational tool can be more difficult than you might think.
Personal motivation is a very important skill in this day and age. Especially when we have so many distractions to pull us away from tasks at hand. When you can maintain your focus on the tasks at hand. You will begin to see you journey take great positive strides towards the success you are looking for. I’ve talked about and given ideas in previous blogs regarding your focus. But how do you stay motivated when some days are filled with challenges? Feeling empowered is important but being a self-starter, a person who can pick themselves up and jump right back in is the foundation of staying motivated.
External motivators are short lived. Others in your life can act as cheerleaders to help keep you in action. But it all comes down to you and your own personal interest in the game at hand. You are your biggest competitor. Only you can dictate the outcome. In reality you are dealing with more than just one element in life. It is not like you can turn off everything and just solely focus on the one piece you want to work on.
For example, you really want that promotion at work but you need to improve a few of your hard skills first. That means taking a few courses to get up to speed. But your family needs you in the evenings to help out. Your significant other wants your time after the children goes to bed. And your weekends are filled with soccer, tennis, gymnastics, housework, yard work and God knows what else. All of these elements are not just a flip of the switch so you can give 100% to completing the courses so you can get the promotion.
For most of you that are reading have already begun to relate to a similar situation in your life. Or are beginning to pull together potential solutions. Great! When we are looking in from the outside, the solutions seems so, well obvious but when you are caught in the middle of the challenge they are hard to see.
Motivation is a Choice
It is important to remember that getting motivated in the first place was a choice you made. You chose to set a goal. The promotion. And you chose to seek out information allowing you to reach that goal. Like finding out what skills necessary were needed and determined which one(s) you might be in need of. By taking the second step and seeking out more information indicates that you are in action and are motivated. With the balancing of all of life’s elements challenge that stands before you, your motivation is waning but you are still in choice.
Within making decisions and choices there are ways you can increase your personal motivation. The key among these is setting a meaningful goal. The actions you complete along the way need to supportive of you achieving your goal. When you move through your actions, you need to make observations with regard to how they either moved you closer or further away from your goal. Taking time to reflect along the way is important to maintaining your motivation. Putting this back into our example … Having a conversation with those in your family that are also decision makers with regard to enabling you to take the necessary courses would be an action that is not only supportive of achieving your goal but it would be moving you that much closer to the goal.
Self-motivation is a fundamental aspect that leads you to success in life. Being a motivated individual helps you to push on through difficulties that you encounter. Motivation brings out traits of you to excel in any area of your life along with of course the use of your talents, skills and knowledge.