How to Motivate Yourself
From June 2006 through
March 2007 I wrote ten monthly columns, each telling one way to motivate
others. But one thing is clear; we can’t motivate others unless we are
motivated ourselves. Here are five things to consider as you seek to
Motivated people desire to do things and that motivation is sustained by
desiring to do things not just for ourselves, but for others. Last month
I said I was convinced the happiest people are those who want to serve
others. I have also discovered the most motivated people are those who
seek to serve others; desire to serve others is fuel for staying
Motivated people evaluate themselves often; and they ask for honest
feedback from others—to determine their own strengths and their
weaknesses. Then they capitalize on their strengths and take steps to
shore up their weaknesses. Motivated people stay motivated by their
determination to improve.
Motivated people consciously decide to take action—learn a skill, gain new
information, listen to others—so they can develop and improve.
Development and improvement doesn’t just happen; it happens when people
decide to make it happen.
Motivation and discipline go together, for discipline is the link between
desire and accomplishment. Motivated persons display discipline; they are
disciplined enough to delay gratification and take the road less traveled
rather than go with the crowd.
Motivated people direct their energies toward the common good—for the
benefit of the organization and others. This action keeps them motivated
and helps them control their own destiny.
Five words, all beginning
with D: Desire, Determine, Decide, Discipline and Direct. To motivate
yourself, keep these 5 D’s in focus.