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What Happens When Motivation Fails

When we put forth a constant effort to be positive and behave in a positive manner, yet the day comes to an end and you are lacking that motivation. What causes this type of motivational failure? How can we beat it?

There are probably two very different types of individuals that ask this question:

1) The Individual Being Motivated: Employee, Student, Daughter, Son, etc. These are the types of individuals that normally receive motivation from a motivator, or are guided along the self motivation path. Yet they have trouble finding motivation.

2) The Individual Motivator: Manager, Teacher, Mother, Father, etc. These are the types of individuals who inspire motivation, help guide motivation, and require self motivation. Yet they too find it hard to stay motivated.

Understanding the problem and finding a solution may vary upon individuals. The first group has lost confidence and need a bit of a nudge now and again. They are finding themselves and need to be guided along the pathway of motivation. It is important to note that this group tends to need motivation defined by someone else before they see it within themselves. They have to learn to set attainable goals. They must create a version of success within their own minds and follow their own path. They may need help along the way, but they'll make it.

The second group has to have an understanding of individualism and understand the fact that everyone is different. Nothing is set in stone, and what motivates one individual may not work for another. They have to be willing to help change the attitudes of others. Attitudes cause behavioural problems when they are out of synch with the individual. These are tell tale signs that more guidance is needed, and that the individual has yet to be motivated properly. When this group gets down they must reflect inward and look for the changes and adjustments they can make within their own lives.

Let's look at some of the things that motivate people. Some people are motivated by an example. A teacher gives guidance and motivates students by showing a positive attitude. The students pick up on this and exemplify that attitude. Some people are motivated by money. A manager and employee; the manager sets a bonus for productivity and the employee works toward that. A criminal and a police officer; the criminals actions are normally motivated by the fear of being caught and the thrill of getting away with something illegal. Fear can be a very powerful motivator. There are as many different types of motivators as there are people, and each individual is motivated by something unique to them. Some will be the same as others and others will be totally independent.

The idea is that with the right attitude and proper motivation, anyone can pick themselves back up. Some people may need help, others just need time. Overall it just depends on the individual and what motivates them.

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Self Employed Creatives and the Motivation Challenge

Self motivation is a challenge for anyone who is self employed. But it's a particularly tricky challenge for those in the creative industries. Why would that be? Well creative types, quite sensibly and obviously, often become self employed in order to be able to be creative and flexible in their work. Not for them the drudgery of a nine to five office job with a soulless boss!

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How To Define Motivation

If you are like me, you probably have wondered at some point in time what motivation really was? The textbook definition of motivation would state it as being an inner process that moves you unerringly toward the attainment of your goal. That definition should also include the mental concepts of purpose and vision. These concepts will play an important role when you are determining your goal in the first place. The real glue to building lasting motivation are the cultivation of the qualities drive and determination. If you are interested you can read...

Some people allow different things to motivate them. It could be your job, your marriage, your family, your income or your wealth. What is the definition for motivation for you? If you can find out definition for motivation to you, then you would have tapped into your true self and hone in on exactly what it takes to succeed.

Since the word motivation is equivalent in a lot of ways to the word "move". It should be readily evident that your life is at a standstill when your motivational force is not there. This equates to fear of failure and what keeps people who lack motivation to remain in the same pattern every day of their lives.

Self-Motivation and You

It is quite likely that you already have the necessary skills to motivate yourself in a manner that is effective. Besides emotion these skills would include being organized, goal-oriented and disciplined. In fact it could be further stated that if you have all of these skills now in sufficient quantities that you have already substantiated a pretty good definition of motivation for yourself already by becoming the person you are today.

It all comes down to being consistent in your daily application of these principles. It is a commonly known and well accepted fact that it takes approximately twenty one days to form a new habit. If you find that your level of action is lacking or under what you think it should be then perhaps you should make a "change". Commit to spending the next twenty one days thinking about what you want to do and then following up on those thoughts with quantifiable action.

Conclusion

So there you have it a definition of motivation that should serve you well if you choose to accept it and act upon it. You should have an understanding that self-motivated individuals reason that things won't always work out. They understand at those times that the most important thing is to make the most important thing the most important thing. That is to stay focused on what they want despite evidence that would suggest otherwise. They have learned through life experience that keeping their focus on the prize will always be of assistance in the long run. They utilize the principle of focusing on what is wanted right in front of them instead of challenges and/or problems whose main purpose it seems is to keep you from what you wish to accomplish.

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What’s Behind Your Lack of Motivation?

Do you find yourself not fully engaging in life due to a lack of motivation? Do you sometimes feel you're a just spectator and wish you could participate in the world around you more fully?

It is quite common for people to have desires or aspirations that go unfulfilled due to little or no self motivation. As this cycle continues it often erodes your own self confidence leaving you with a low self esteem. This is a dangerous cycle and a bad place to be in. The longer this continues the more it ends up stunting your own personal growth and this downward spiral just seems to continue on.

What we're going to address here today is how to identify the underlying culprits behind this lack of self motivation keeping you from living your life more fully. You can't correct what you can't identify therefore the first step will be recognizing what it is that holds you back.

As we identify 3 common areas that inhibit many people from achieving goals or finding personal happiness you may be surprise how easy it is to overcome these barriers.

Fear of Failure


Make no mistake about it having a desire does not mean you also have the confidence to pursue it. Sadly it is all too common for many to desire something but then convince themselves they can't fulfill it BEFORE they even try to. One big reason this occurs is the natural inclination to have a fear of failure.

All our lives we've been taught and it is continually being reinforced that failing at anything is NOT GOOD. As a result of this learned behavior we naturally avoid any new challenges that may result in an outcome that is less then successful.

This fear of failure is wrong since one of the best ways to learn ANYTHING is thru trial and ERROR, that's right ERROR! Without experiencing mistakes and learning from them we limit not only our personal experiences but also our personal growth.

Fear of Commitment

Another common factor that holds people back from pursuing certain desires or goals is making the commitment to undertake this pursuit. This fear of commitment once broken down is quite easy to understand.

Any new endeavor we might consider pursuing is naturally something we're unfamiliar with since it is 'new' to us. Well if we're 'unfamiliar' with something that means we may not be 'comfortable' with it.

Being uncomfortable with something is usually not a desirable or fun experience therefore it is avoided.

If your anticipation of any endeavor is fun and excitement you're likely to pursue it enthusiastically. If you're unfamiliar and therefore uncomfortable your anticipation may be one of dread. As a result this may hold you back from engaging in it.

Familiarity is only gained thru 'experience' and often times the FIRST STEP towards partaking in that 'experience' is the hardest.

Lack the Proper Skill Sets

Although unfamiliarity is again a factor here, the reasons for it are more tangible then the 'inner fears' we have just discussed. The lack of certain skill sets can be more easily identified and addressed thru training or coaching. As a result these types of limitations can be more easily overcome but still remains a factor that could hold people back.

As we've discovered your lack of motivation often stems from little or no self confidence in your knowledge and/or experience. This can be overcome by learning a little bit more about what it is you want to pursue. Nobody starts out an expert, it is a learned experience! Quite naturally we fear what we don't know but once we gain familiarity with the unknown our fears subside and our confidence and comfort level grows. This allows us to more fully engage in the world around us breaking through the barriers that often hold us back.

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