Self-motivation, in its simplest terms, means the power that drives you to do different things.
It is the inner fuel that you possess and motivates you to work towards achieving your goals, and make the effort to develop yourself and achieve yourself. It is important to note that self-motivation usually comes from an internal drive. It is a type of motivation that stems from the sincere inner desire to achieve a certain thing, regardless of the reward or the return. Self-motivation can also stem from an external impulse, that is, motivation that stems from the desire for external rewards (money, power …)
The importance of self-motivation
You are undoubtedly aware of the importance of self-motivation, otherwise you would not be here reading this article looking for ways to motivate yourself. There is no doubt that satisfying others and meeting external standards may undoubtedly motivate us, but nevertheless it is not the best solution. In other words, doing things only because we feel we have to do them, or because we will be rewarded for them, may often be enough, but it will not ignite within us the necessary passion for innovation and excellence. It’s okay to turn to outside sources of motivation sometimes, but these sources rarely make you feel good about yourself and help you discover a deeper meaning in your life. Not only does self-motivation, from within, help us do better, but we often handle stress better and feel happier when we do what we really want to do.
Is self-motivation a skill acquired by training?
The simple answer is yes! You can definitely develop your ability to motivate yourself, as self-motivation is only a result of a set of realistic skills that you can acquire and develop with constant training and practice.
According to Skills You Need website, there are 6 main skills that are a base for self-motivation, which can be summarized as follows:
Set big but realistic goals (in other words, smart goals).
Get enough adventures (moderate risk).
Constant search for feedback for the purpose of continuous improvement and development.
Full commitment to goals, whether personal or institutional, and making extra effort to achieve them.
The real and effective search for and seize opportunities once they are found.
The ability to deal with obstacles and remain behind the goals despite the problems and obstacles.
In addition to these skills, there are also 5 things you can do to keep you motivated and motivated:
Keep learning and acquiring new knowledge (cultivate a love of learning).
Always spend your time with the people who support you.
Instill in yourself a positive thinking mindset, and be optimistic and flexible.
Stay away from procrastination, and improve your time management skills.
Ask for help when you need it, and do not hesitate to help others.