Sunday, October 9, 2016

Thoughts about Motivation

Motivation is “The inner power pushing one toward taking action, driven by desire, passion, and ambition.” Another definition of motivation is “the reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way” or the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”

When you are motivated, you never get discouraged, even when you fail. Winston Churchill said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Motivation has to come from inside your own soul. Stephen R. Covey wrote, “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” Les Brown says, “Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.”

Motivation is more important than talent or ability. There are many talented people who never amount to anything because they lack motivation. Lou Holtz wrote, “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

Motivation is the difference between a rich man and a poor man, a health woman and an overweight woman, a winning team and a losing team. The secret ingredient to success is motivation. Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.

Jim Rohn says, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

The greatest gift a coach can give his team is motivation. There are no motivated teams led by unmotivated leaders. Giving people the “how” is not enough, you have to give them the “why.” The “why” is what motivates people.

When I am motivated, I wake up early and go to bed late.
When I am motivated, I keep my nose to the grindstone and work hard.
When I am motivated, I accomplish more in a day then I normally do in a week.
When I am motivated, I exercise even when I feel like laying down for a nap.

Motivated people don’t give up.
Motivated people aren’t afraid of hard work.
Motivated people take on challenges.
Motivated people do not wait; they take action.
Motivated people create opportunities.
Motivated people desire to achieve a goal.
Motivated people have a clear direction to achieve that goal.
Motivated people have an optimistic attitude.

Motivation creates energy.
Motivation keeps you going when life is tough.
Motivation attracts others to your dream.

If I could bottle up motivation and sell it, I would be a billionaire.

What motivates me?
Goals motivate me.
            Cleanliness motivates me.
            Achievement motivates me.
            Completion motivates me.
            Learning motivates me.
            Teaching motivates me.
            Financial reward motivates me.
            Approval motivates me.
            A sense of accomplishment motivates me.

What demotivates me?
            Lack of cleanliness demotivates me.
            Lack of appreciation demotivates me.
            Lack of appropriate compensation demotivates me.
            Lack of encouragement demotivates me.       

            As a Christian, my ultimate motivation is to stand in front of the throne of God and to hear Him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”