Motivation Module

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Motivation Module

  1. 1. Motivation Ask any person who is successful in whatever he or she is doing what motivates him/her, and very likely the answer will be "goals". Goal Setting is extremely important to motivation and success. So what motivates you? Why are you in office? If you are in office because that's what your parents want, you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. Sure, it's possible to succeed with someone else providing the motivation for you. ("If you achieve your targets, you will get incentives!" or worse “If you don’t achieve your targets, you won’t get incentives.") But motivation that comes from within really makes the difference. You need to believe in yourself first. Certainly, you need some intelligence, knowledge base, study skills, and time management skills, but if you don't have motivation, you won't get far. Think about this analogy. You have a car with a full tank of petrol, a well-tuned engine, good set of tyres, quadraphonic CD system, and a sleek, polished exterior. There it sits. This car has incredible potential. (Have you heard that before?) However, until a driver sits inside, puts the key in the ignition, and starts it, the car doesn't function; the KEY is MOTIVATION. Interest is an important motivator for a student. So is a desire to learn. When you link these two things together, you create success. Often success in an endeavor leads to more interest and a greater desire to learn, creating an upward spiral of motivation toward a goal you have established. So be honest with yourself. Are you genuinely interested in being in college? Have you set realistic goals for yourself? How can you develop the internal motivation that really counts? When it comes to motivation, KNOWING is not as important as DOING. Some quotes- " With time, leaders learn to speak to peoples' hearts; that’s why they are followed." Written in 2008 by Karabo Senna --- South Africa " The keys to success in business competition are- to make a difference and be unique." Written in 2008 by Joeen B. Buensalido --- Philippines Excuses resulting in Procrastination or inaction- Get Them in Writing It’s critical that you get them in writing. Not goals or ambitions. No, we’re not talking about creating a clear target. Instead, we’re talking about uncovering a clear obstacle. Few people like to admit that they’re afraid to do something. They also don’t enjoy admitting that they’d rather not work toward improvement. The way out? The always- available excuse.
  2. 2. What’s Your Excuse? Whether it’s a packed schedule or the fact of kids still in school, people will reach for anything that gets them out of the hot water of fear or sacrifice. It’s not that you’re afraid to break free of your dead-end job and find something truly rewarding; it’s simply that you don’t have the time right now. Obviously, with excuses covering up the truth, nothing ever changes. And even more clear is the fact that you need to break free of these destructive traps of illusion. Where to Begin Because these little nuggets of falsehood have enjoyed so much use in the past, it’s difficult to call them out the moment they rise to the surface; they’ve become so ingrained that using an excuse is more of reflex than rational thought. This problem is solved with a pen and paper. By writing out, word for word, the excuses you’ve used in the past to avoid doing things that scare you or things that require sacrifice, you’ll shine the light on your rationalizations. You can even ask friends or family the typical ‘reasons’ you’ve offered to explain your inaction. When you’ve uncovered your patterns of explanation, you’ll be ready the next moment they come to mind. Instead of talking you out of action, you’ll know better. You’ll know it’s just your excuse reflex at work and finally break free of the trap of rationalization. A New Take on an Old Idea Take it one step at a time. You’ve heard this before. Its good advice, but we need to take it a step further. Even now when I talk with people about their hopes and dreams, the road ahead is towering with monsters; insurmountable challenges that send them running for the nearest dark corner. You need to do more than take your goals one step at a time - you need to take them one act at a time. Millions of goals and dreams are put off and then lost forever because people become overwhelmed with the road ahead. They never take a single step. By looking only at the first action required of your dream, you’ll overcome that obstacle. Such an easy task won’t be put off, helping you to not only take the first step but also trigger the momentum that will take you to the end of the goal.
  3. 3. The Simple Secret to feel Energetic- Always- You walk through the door, take off your shoes, and relax in your sofa. That saps your motivation in seconds. You need to be charged up even after a hectic day at work & for that you need to be on your toes. That keeps up your energy levels. It’s true! It can be nearly impossible to pull yourself up from the couch once you’ve settled in after a long day at work. A small change in routine, as a result, can lead to a major difference. Instead of arriving home and resting for a few minutes - which can easily turn into a few extended moments - stay on your feet and take care of your nighttime tasks. You’ll find it much easier to remain active by staying on your feet than by trying to muster up the energy for action once the sofa wraps its inviting claws around you. Give it a try and you’ll be amazed at how much more you get accomplished! The Power of Self Motivation You can achieve everything you have ever wanted to have, experience, or become. The power has and always will be within you, but nothing will happen until you get and stay motivated to make something happen, to change your life and achieve your desires. Unlocking Your Inner Power "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." – Steve Jobs The Power of Positive Thinking- Do What Successful People Do A Positive Mental Attitude is indispensable to your success. You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the future, focus on the solution and look for the good. If you do what other successful people do, if you use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you will reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people. Become A Positive Person To empower and motivate your employees, customers, your suppliers, your bankers and so on, you simply need to be a genuine, positive and cheerful person. You develop a positive mental attitude. You be the kind of person who would never use discouraging words, who is easygoing, friendly, patient, tolerant and open minded. You make people around you feel comfortable. Positive Emotions Are the Key to Life
  4. 4. Positive emotional energy is the key to health, happiness and wellbeing. The more positive you are, the better your life will be in every area. Don't Focus on the Problem, Focus on Solution You can become a positive thinker simply by focusing on solutions, not the problems. Just remind yourself that "there are no problems – only challenging opportunities." Optimistic Thinking Changing your perspective is the key to finding success in seeming failure. Some people perceive optimism as unrealistic, but research has found that we can indeed live happier, healthier, and more successful lives if we can learn to discover opportunities in problems. Due to optimistic positive thinking, problems will become merely challenging opportunities that you can turn to your advantage. They provide opportunities for personal growth and can stimulate your creativity for finding better ways to live. Can you become more optimistic? Can you simply “choose” to think more positively? Yes, you can. The simplest way is to empty your mind, clear it of all fears and anxieties while replacing them with positive thoughts. Mix up with optimistic people because optimism is contagious. So is pessimism. Studies have revealed that people who live with depressed people tend to become depressed themselves. Surrounding yourself with optimistic, supportive people will help you turn occasional optimistic thoughts into a habitual way of thinking. Another powerful tool for optimism is 2P & 3P thinking. When good things happen to you and when you accomplish your goals, try to understand why those events occurred in Personal, Permanent and Pervasive terms. If you manage a successful project at work, take credit for that success. Attributing it to your intelligence offers an explanation that is personal (you are intelligent), permanent (you’ll always be intelligent) and pervasive (your intelligence will help on other projects as well). Living a Healthy and Successful Life Researchers of two American Universities found that a positive thinking and attitude improved a person’s health. So not only will a positive attitude help you be healthy and live longer but it also increases the likelihood that you will succeed. There is a connection between mind and body – and that our thoughts and attitudes/emotions affect physical functioning and over all health, whether through direct mechanisms, such as immune function or indirect mechanisms, such as social support networks. Law of Expectations Whatever you expect with confidence, it becomes your reality. If you confidently expect to succeed, if you confidently expect to learn something from every experience, if you confidently expect to become wealthy as a result of applying your talents and abilities to your opportunities and you maintain that attitude of confident expectations long enough, it will become your reality. It will give you a positive optimistic cheerful attitude that will cause people to want to help you and will cause things to happen the way you want them to happen!
  5. 5. Some excerpts from a very good book I have read- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma- A must read….this book will really change the way you think. • Forget about the past. Dare to dream that you are more than the sum of your circumstances. Expect the best. • Condition the mind. Don’t let negative thoughts enter it. • You are building your destiny because only you decide how do you react to what happens to you. • Persistence is the Mother of personal change. • With one eye fixed on the destination, there is only one left to guide you along the journey. • Reflect on your day, on your life. • What you visualize, you get. • There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self. Run your own race. • Never judge you self worth by somebody else’s net worth. • There are no setbacks – only lessons. • The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts. • Find out what you truly love to do, and direct all energy towards it • The purpose of life is a life of purpose • Clearly defined priorities and goals for every aspect of life server as lighthouse. Offering you guidance and refuge. • Have the discipline and vision to see your heroic mission – Dharma – and to ensure that it servers other people while you realize it. • Never do anything because you have to, do it only if you want to and if that is the right thing for you to do • 5 step method of attaining goals – form a clear mental picture, create positive pressure, set a deadline, put it to paper, apply it for 21 days • The book of dreams • Kaizen – constant and never ending enrichment of mind, body and soul • The only limits on your life are the ones you set yourself • Happiness comes from progressive realization of worthy objectives • Failure is your friend • Do the things you fear • 10 rules of radiant living: Ritual of solitude, Ritual of physicality, Ritual of live nourishments, Ritual of abundant knowledge, Ritual of personal reflection, Ritual of early awakening, Ritual of music, Ritual of spoken word, Ritual of congruent character, Ritual of simplicity • Virtues – industry, compassion, humility, patience, honesty and courage • I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s power and strength rests within me • Live with discipline • Enlightened people are priority driven. This is the secret of time mastery. Focus on priorities and maintain balance. • Act as if failure is impossible and your success will be assured
  6. 6. • We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience • The quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution • See yourself not as an individual, but as a part of collection • Life does not always give you what you want, but it always gives you what you need • Stop putting off your happiness for the sake of achievement. Crux of “The Alchemist” – If you really want something, the entire Universe conspires to help you achieve it.

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