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Self-Motivation: It’s like brushing your teeth

December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Do you have the ability to do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations?

How many people, do you think, are  self-motivated enough to find a reason and strength to complete a task,  even when challenging, without giving up or needing another to  encourage them?
Motivational speakers  are cashing it in worldwide. But why in the world would a boss need to motivate  employees? I know you’ll have a million good reasons as to why it is done, but  think about it for a moment.
I can understand that you can increase SKILL level with on-the-job-training, but should one actually be hiring or training  someone to be motivated at his or her job?
Here’s my theory on this topic of SELF-MOTIVATION: On the one hand, the person  is doing the job basically because there is some aspect to the job that is  fulfilling and that he/she is passionate or cares about and they can make a  living from it. Then, on the other hand, there is the person who cares only for  the pay-cheque; they would rather be doing something else, but that “something  else” is not bringing in the money like the “pay-cheque job”, so they simply do  the minimum.

Now, let me come back to my question I put to you in the beginning… Why in the world would you need to motivate employees?
The answer: because there are too many people who would rather be “doing  something else” but they have become “addicted” to the paycheque. (Are you  addicted to your pay-cheque?)
Gentle reader, are you self-motivated in your career path? Are you determined to be the best in your field of expertise and are willing to  grow and learn, whatever it takes or whatever it might cost you? This question  about self-motivation is an important question to ask.
Do not rely on friends, family or your boss to “pump you up”  to meet targets or set personal goals. This is your task.

Here is the simple truth: People who have found their passion  in life are by nature SELF-motivated. They stay on top of their industries and  market trends. They are self-motivated to learn more about their job. In fact,  they do not see their “job” as a job, but as a blessing to be able to learn and  do more EVEN if they do not get recognition for it. They do not care about  getting “appreciated” for their contribution – they are too busy focusing on their growth experience. There are many tools you can use to help you get  self-motivated. Books, seminars, mentors, role models, vision boards, etc, but  you have to realize that it has to start from within. Meaning: It is a choice  or a decision you make to be motivated each day. It is like brushing your teeth…  it is something you have to do each day and not skip.

You CANNOT allow, nor wait for people and circumstances to get you motivated  and fired up. Simply, pick up the tools each day yourself and stay motivated. Be  aware that a motivated person has the energy levels to far out-perform any colleague  or competitor. Motivated people are ACHIEVERS and you won’t find them procrastinating.  They set their goals and achieve them with passion.

Calvin Dorman is a Professional Business Consultant and Web Marketing Lecturer from Cape Town, South Africa, offering companies and individuals more effective Web Marketing, one to one Computer Training and Graphic Design solutions. Send Calvin an email: info@calvinbusiness.co.za or give him a call now on 084 632 6622. Read more of Calvin’s motivational articles at http://www.calvinbusiness.co.za

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