Motivation Part II

In part one of our series on Motivation we covered two of the main theories on human motivation, Maslow's Classic Hierarchy of Motivational Needs and Herzberg's Motivational versus Maintenance Factors. Both theories provide the foundation for what will be building on today. The five self-motivation tools we'll cover today can boost motivation and help you to accomplish more in your life.

  1. Actively Make Choices: The first self-motivation skill to develop and strengthen is to actively make choices. It is all too easy to feel stuck in  a job or life situation and to blame factors outside of ourselves for keeping us stuck. But every day we make choices, those choices create your reality. If you don't like the situation you find yourself in, start making different choices. It does no good to try to shift the responsibility of your situation onto other people, luck, or other factors outside of your control. Take control by taking responsibility for your situation, and start making choices that will lead to the changes you want.
  2. Take Action: Once you have made a choice on what you want, the next step is to immediately take action to start implementing your choice. It does no good to decide on things unless you also ake action to accomplish them. The most successful people in life are those who develop the skill of taking action when necessary, dong what needs to be done to achieve their goals. Get in the habit of taking action as soon as you decide on a course of action. It will help to develop momentum in your motivation and keep you moving towards your goals.
  3. . Self-Discipline: The cultivation of self-discipline is one of the most powerful self-motivation skills you can develop. Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action, even when you may not have a strong desire to do so immediately. Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action, even when you may not have a strong desire to do so immediately. Self-discipline can help you get in the habit of taking action even when you may not feel like doing it immediately. It is a matter of doing things even though you might not feel like it right now, realizing that the immediate action will benefit you in the long-term.
  4. Create Deadlines: Another great self-motivation skill is to create hard deadlines for yourself to accomplish your goals. Have you ever put something off only to find that when the deadline came for it to be done, you were filled with energy, rushed into action, and got it done? Rather than waiting for a last minute deadline, you can create a sense of immediacy by holding yourself to an artificial deadline, one that may be much earlier than is really required. Holding yourself to a deadline you have created can help increase your motivation to get things done.
  5. Maintain a Positive Attitude: The last of the self-motivation skills is learning to maintain a positive attitude in spite of obstacles and failures. This can be one of your greatest assets to keep your self-motivation high. A positive attitude can help you to move past failures and to keep you going even when things seem to be falling apart. Focus on the positives in every situation - see failures as learning experiences, treat obstacles as challenges to overcome, and find opportunities in the face of despair. In every situation, there will be both positives and negatives, and you always have the choice on which to focus on. Your self-motivation will be much greater if you maintain a positive attitude.

By developing these skills, you will find it easier to get started on things and to finish the things you've started.