Finding Your Motivation

What is motivation?
Your personal motivation is the force that gets you out of bed in the morning and provides you with the energy for the work of the day. Have you ever wondered why you seem to be bursting with energy some days and other times is seems to desert you entirely?
Understanding how motivation works so that you can access your natural motivation to help manage the life you want with more confidence is the key to working out how to motivate yourself.
The most important thing that you can take from this article is that you don’t have to put up with feeling weak and unmotivated. If you deal with the blocks in your natural energy source, you can restore energy, achieve more with less effort, and feel more at ease with life, more satisfied with yourself, and more confident and powerful in the world.
The more motivated that you feel, the more inclined you are to push yourself through the things that are holding you back. If you can increase your motivation, you automatically increase your confidence.
Abraham Maslow is best known for his work on human motivation. Maslows’ Hierarchy of Needs is one of the best known models for human potential.
He saw men and women being constantly drawn through life by this irresistible pull of unsatisfied needs. He believed that you must first satisfy your basic physiological needs for air, water, food, sleep, and so on before any other desires can surface.
Once your physiological needs are met, you automatically shift up to the next level in the hierarchy to your need for safety and that now drives you.
At the next level are your needs for love and connection, things that you don’t automatically get all the time. If these needs are not met then you find it almost impossible to meet your higher-level needs in any meaningful way.
The next level is your need for self esteem and recognition. It may be all very well being part of the group that you are but now there is a need for power and status in the group too – drive a bigger car, own a bigger house etc.
Eventually you arrive at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy as a fully developed human being at what he calls the self actualisation stage, you make the decision what is most important to you in life and your main motivation becomes living and expressing this.
When you find yourself in a new social group -meeting new people – you can expect to feel anxious because at this stage you are at Maslow’s 3rd level (love), needing to be accepted by this group. When you are in a situation like this you need to accept your mild anxiety (or worse!) about it, there is nothing wrong with feeling or admitting that you are nervous. Remember, that everyone else in the room fits into the hierarchy somewhere and is therefore feeling needy at some level. The people that you are meeting who are not new to the group are operating at the 2nd & 3rd levels, some still anxious for acceptance, some will be motivated by their need for social esteem and need your respect.
Depending on the type of group this is you can expect everyone to be operating from various different needy levels.
Recognising the importance of Achievement
Achieving results in work forms an important contribution to your personal sense of significance and wellbeing as you move up the hierarchy. As you move further up the ladder at work you need to think more about what constitutes achievement for you. What do you really want out of your life and your work. This increases your sense of fulfilment and satisfaction and provides you with more motivational energy for yet more achievement.
Plan of Action

     <li>Decide that you are going to take on personal change to enable you to achieve the things that you want in life, and get into action.</li> 
     <li>Decide where it is you are going, or what it is that you really want.</li> 
     <li>Plan you work and work your plan.</li> 
     <li>Don't compete, create!</li> 
     <li>Pay attention to your lessons before you apply them.</li> 
     <li>Care for your companions on the journey.</li> 
     <li>Listen to your inner coach.</li> 

    <p>As you gain more personal insights into what you do, why you do things a particular way and the choices that you are making, you will become more aware of your true potential.</p> 

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