Personal Development And
Motivation. We all know its a good thing to have. It
can help us tackle hard jobs and work til completion. It can take dreams and
make them start to happen. Or, its lack can leave us filled with abandoned
projects and half started desires.
Want to start exercising? Want to give up smoking? Want to write a book?
Motivation is the key to our success or lack thereof.
There are only two kinds of motivation when you get right down to it. Only
two ways to motivate yourself that make a difference. Positive and negative.
Negative motivation is the most common form. We are motivated to avoid a
negative consequence. What happens if we don't go to work? We get fired.
Then we can't pay the mortgage and lose our home. So we are motivated to go
to work to avoid those negative results.
We were all raised with negative motivation. Avoiding the threat of
something bad happening to us. If you don't do your homework, you'll fail
your classes and get in trouble. It perhaps got us to do our homework, but
negative motivation is just that, negative. It is deflating. We grumble and
moan as we do our homework or go to work because we "have to."
Positive motivation is also very useful. You may hate to get up at 4AM. But
if you are going to catch a flight to Hawaii tomorrow, you wont mind getting
up at 4am at all. You'll likely hop out of bed. When we WANT to do
something, we get all excited and enthusiastic. Positive motivation comes
with energy and will power.
The thing is, you can start to practice being positively motivated as much
as you want in life. Just think of the positive result you are after from an
exercise program for a few minutes. Then see if that doesn't start filling
you with the desire to get started.
Taking action is the key to motivation of any kind. Positive motivation will
just help you to take action with some excitement and enthusiasm, instead of
being dragged kicking and screaming into your future. Try more of it in your
life and see how it feels.
Energize yourself! Think of the positives in
whatever you are about to do. Let that energy motivate you and pull
you to start working on it!
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