Self-motivation is, in its simplest form, the force that drives you to do things.
Self-motivation is a key life skill and something that everybody interested in personal development should think carefully about. It is also a key part of emotional intelligence, one of the three areas of personal skills that are integral to the concept.
What is Motivation?
It is what pushes us to achieve our goals, feel more fulfilled and improve overall quality of life.
Daniel Goleman, the author of several seminal books on Emotional Intelligence, identified four elements that make up motivation:
- Personal drive to achieve, the willing and desire to enhance or to meet certain standards.
- Commitment to personal or organizational target and goals.
- Initiative, which he defined as ‘readiness to act on opportunities.
- Optimism, the power to keep going and pursue goals in the face of setbacks.
There are many advantages to self-motivation. People who are self-motivated, for example, tend to be more organized, have good time management skills and more self-esteem and confidence.
We all have a strong willing to work better when we love what we are doing.
It’s easier to get out of bed in the morning, we are happier in our work, and happier in general.
Research shows that this is particularly important when we’re under stress. It’s much easier to cope with stress and long hours if we generally enjoy the work.
When thinking about what motivates you to perform a certain task, think about both substantial and inessential motivators – if you have trouble getting motivated to perform specific tasks it may be useful to write them down and list the motivators for each.
Finally, it is important to keep track of what you want to achieve and stay motivated to do so. To keep your motivation levels up try to:
- Learn and Acquire Knowledge
- Keep Positive
- Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses