Tuesday

MOTIVATION


Had a quick chat with one of my associates this morning and the following came to mind regarding MOTIVATION and wanted to share it with you.


Ask any person who is successful in whatever he or she is doing what motivates him/her, and very likely the answer will be "goals". 

Goal Setting is extremely important to motivation and success. So what motivates you?

If you are a lawyer because that's what your parents want, you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. 

Sure, it's possible to succeed with someone else providing the motivation for you. ("If you graduate from college, I'll give you a car!" or worse "If you don't graduate from college, you won't get a car.") But motivation that comes from within really makes the difference.

Certainly, you need some intelligence, knowledge base, study skills, and time management skills, but if you don't have motivation, you won't get far. Think about this analogy. You have a car with a full tank of gas, a well-tuned engine, good set of tires, quadraphonic CD system, and a sleek, polished exterior. There it sits. 

This car has incredible potential. (Have you heard that before?) However, until a driver sits behind the wheel, puts the key in the ignition, and cranks it up, the car doesn't function. 

You guessed it; the KEY is MOTIVATION.

Interest is an important motivator. So is a desire to learn. When you link these two things together, you create success. Often success in an endeavor leads to more interest and a greater desire to learn, creating an upward spiral of motivation toward a goal you have established.

So be honest with yourself. Are you genuinely interested in XYZ? Have you set realistic goals for yourself? How can you develop the internal motivation that really counts? When it comes to motivation, KNOWING is not as important as DOING.