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HOW TO GET RE-MOTIVATED
By Michael Angier
We all have times when our motivation is lacking. The tragic
events of September 11th have caused us to experience many
emotions. In addition to the feelings of fear, anger and
confusion, we also may be less confident and have less direction
and focus than before.
We must not forget and we must mourn the loss, but it's our
patriotic duty as citizens of the free world to get on with our
lives--to not let the terrorists succeed by sidetracking our
economy and negatively influencing our way of life.
So how DO we get motivated again?
Perhaps it would be helpful to take a close look at motivation
itself--what it is, what it's not and how we can increase our
I do motivational speaking, but I've always had some resistance
to being called a motivational speaker. I don't even think it's
possible to motivate someone other than ourselves. Certainly we
can present information, help others to look at things in
different ways, remind them of what's important to them, tell
inspiring stories and help to increase their belief.
All of these things help. But the truth is we can only motivate
ourselves. We might get pumped up by an inspiring speaker, a
thought-provoking book or a motivational tape. But in order to
have sustained motivation--the kind that will enable us to move
past the inevitable roadblocks or challenges--we must dig deeper.
We must have motivation FROM THE INSIDE OUT. It can't be pasted
on the surface. It must live powerfully and deeply within us.
We're either motivated to move toward something we want or away
from something we don't want. One might think they're motivated
by something higher or better than these two options, but if you
examine your objectives carefully, you'll find that they will
fit into one or the other.
The REASON we want to achieve something is far more important
than the HOW to accomplish it. I often see people getting bogged
down in the mechanics of reaching a goal (the HOW) instead of
getting clear and committed to the why.
If my child is on the other side of a door in a burning
building, I don't need to read a motivational book in order to
psyche myself up to get through the door. The DESIRE to save my
child provides the motivation to do WHATEVER I must do in order
to achieve my purpose.
Assuming we're clear on what we want--and this can easily be an
erroneous assumption--it is our desire and commitment more than
any other one thing that determines our success.
Not long ago, a friend of mine shared with me that he always
gets his business and personal income taxes done by the end of
January. Not one to do so myself, I asked him how he did that.
He said that the satisfaction of having this done and out of the
way was stronger than any sense of dread he had about doing the
myriad tasks needed to get the job done.
His focus was on what he wanted where mine had usually been on
the distastefulness of the job. By focusing on the prize--what
we want and WHY we want it, we increase our determination and
motivation to achieve our intended outcome.
The root of the word motivation is motive and means "An emotion,
desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an
incitement to action." I interpret this as the REASON for doing
something. Motivation also denotes motion, action, doing
something based upon a strong reason.
When I find myself less than enthusiastic about working toward
an objective, I find it helpful to refocus on what I want and
especially WHY I want it. In doing so, I regenerate the drive
and dedication to make it happen and I place myself in a
position to enjoy the journey.
The motivation that comes from inside not only lasts longer it
produces a greater resolve and creates a passion that is not
only powerful but infectious as well.
I encourage you to revisit your values, your mission and dreams.
Remind yourself of why you have chosen to achieve your
goals--why you are doing what you're doing. Only we can motivate
ourselves to action. Only we can accomplish our dreams. Let's do
Copyright 2001 Michael Angier & Success Networks International.
Michael Angier is the founder and president of Success Networks.
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