You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.Buddha
People differ from each other. Some overthink while some are easy going. Some can handle the pressure while some crumble inside. So, what makes a person different from the other? There must be some personal traits or qualities that differentiate one individual from another.
There are people who talk to themselves while others do not even know what they are until realized by someone else. Some people do not always motivate others to do something but they also motivate themselves. This is self motivation.
Self motivation is a simple way to keep yourself motivated even in difficult situations. We can motivate ourselves and we do not need others to motivate us. But the question arises, how we keep ourselves buckled up all the time. Let’s find out.
What is Motivation?
This is what the Oxford Dictionary has to say about the word “motivation”. There are hell lot of materials or articles available on the internet that talk about motivation. I found the one on Very Well Mind really interesting. Give it a read if you want to know more.
Motivation is the force that drives us in achieving the goals of our lives and keep us moving. Lack of motivation leads to unfinished goals, lack of zeal in life, and self interest.
Either we can motivate ourselves or get motivated by others. It is easy to get motivated by the speeches of motivational speakers or motivational quotes. But such a motivation does not last longer. Once we get busy in our lives or daily routine, we tend to forget what someone else taught us or said to us. On the other hand, if we are motivated by our own thoughts, we see beneficial results in long run.
How do you define motivation? What keeps you motivated? Are you self motivated? We need to ask these questions to us.
What is Self-Motivation?
Self-motivation is the personal drive that keeps a person moving and in achieving the goals. It is one of different types of motivations where the person himself is the motivator.
Not every person can be a self motivator as it is a personal trait. Self motivation is the quality of a person, of an individual. Such people differ from others in many ways.
- They love themselves.
- They know who they are and what they can do. They are self driven.
- They know what is good for themselves. They value themselves.
- They keep small goals that they can actually achieve.
- They have a company of people that are like minded, positive, and motivate each other.
- They keep themselves away from toxic and negative minded people.
- They have a different perspective of life and see positive things even in difficult times.
- They push themselves through difficult situations and always look for solving problems. They have a problem solving attitude.
- They have a positive attitude towards life.
- They never stop learning.
Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.M. Scott Peck
Now we know that self-motivation is a personal trait, if we are lacking it, we can still inculcate this trait by doing what a self motivated person does.
How To Stay Self Motivated?
Self motivation is important in everyone’s life. Self motivation helps us to manage and achieve our goals in life. Self motivation makes the life easy to live and gives a different prospective towards the challenges of life. The biggest question is how can we keep ourselves motivated even at difficult times? Let’s explore this.
What we often forget to do is to lover ourselves. We frequently say to others how much we love them but we forget to tell this to ourselves. So, the first thing that we need to do, is to love ourselves.
I know I am not perfect. Who wants to be? I am happy with my flaws. I accept the way I am and I love myself for that.PenofHearts
There should not be any confusion between self love and self-obsession. Self love is not self-obsession. Obsession to anything is not considered good. Self love means caring yourself, and respecting your decisions. If you do not love yourself, you cannot love others. You are responsible for your own happiness, so start loving yourself.
Believe In Yourself
Believing in what we are and what we can do is important. We must have firm belief in what we think and what we are doing. If we do not believe in ourselves no one else will believe us.
I am the best.
I am better than the rest.PenofHearts
Make Small Goals
Making goals is important part of life and we should always make smaller goals. This helps us keep motivating and moving. Small goals also help is from procrastination.
Small steps taken everyday, lead to a solid foundation of success. Working steadily makes the goal achievable.PenofHearts
Stick To Your Goals
Once you have made your goal, stick to it. We should always respect what we have planned and should try to complete it in the given time. Albert Einstein once said “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
Have A Good Company
What we are also depends on with whom we often spend our time. People surrounded with negative minded people tend to have negative views. So, its important to know whom we should hang up with. Always keep yourself surrounded with people who think like you. People who are self-motivated also motivate others to achieve their goals in life. Always make friends with people who want to do something in their lives.
Thinking is a good quality. We should always think before doing something. This helps us in doing right things in life. But overthinking is not good. Overthinking on small things deviates us from our goals. Overthinking leads to negative thinking and we get stuck in our own thoughts.
Be A Problem Solver
Self motivated people do not ask question “why“. They often ask “how“. They believe in solving a problem rather that thinking about the problem itself. Sometimes, “why this happened to me” has no answer but “how will I come out of it” has. So rather discussing about the problem discuss about the solution. Try to solve the problem and be a problem solver.
This is something that I learned from my husband. Whenever we have any difficult situation in our life, I start complaining while he starts thinking as how to come out of that difficult situation.
Be A Learner
This is something I always believe in. We should never stop learning. Learning keeps us moving and motivating. We can learn everyday from our day to day problems or from other people.
Be A Positive Person
Positivity plays an important role in our lives. When we start looking at any situation with positive mind, half of the problem is solved automatically. We should always look for good things even in bad situations. This keeps us motivated and gives a positive attitude towards solving that problem.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.Helen Keller
Self motivation is the key to success. If we are motivated from within, we can achieve any goal in our life. Self motivation pushes us through difficult times and also helps us in doing our daily life chores. Self motivation encourages us to work hard everyday. So, next time when you are looking for motivation, look inside yourself.
What are you waiting for? Make your small goals, stick to them, complete them, and stop overthinking. Interact with like minded people and stay positive.
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right here.Venus Williams
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