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Motivating yourself and others everyday


I believe in two premises: (a) Most people are good people, but they can do better; and (b) Most people already know what to do to improve their lives. But the question is why aren’t they doing it? What is missing is the spark-motivation. Some self help books adopt the approach of teaching what to do.

The most powerful motivation comes within our belief system. To move into action, we need to believe in what we do and accept responsibility for our lives. When we accept responsibility for our behaviour and actions, our attitudes toward life becomes positive. We become more productive. Life becomes more meaningful and fulfilling.

After a person’s physical needs are met, emotional needs become a bigger motivator. Every behaviour comes out of the “Pain or Gain” principle. If the pain is greater than the gain, that is deterrent to action. If the gain is greater than the pain, that is a motivator. Gains can also be intangible, such as recognition, appreciation, sense of achievement, growth, responsibility ,sense of fulfillment, self-worth and belief.

Let’s define motivation.

What is motivation? Motivation is a drive that encourages action or feeling .To motivate means, to encourage and to inspire. Motivation is powerful. It can persuade, convince and propel you into action. In other words, motivation can be defined as motive for action. It is a force that can literally change your life.

Why do we need to get motivated?

Motivation is the driving force in our lives. It comes from a desire to succeed. Without success there is little pride in life; No enjoyment or excitement at work and life becomes like a lopsided wheel giving a bumpy ride.

 The greatest enemy of motivation is complacency. Complacency leads to lack of effort, and when people are complacent they don’t grow because they cannot identify what is needed in their lives.

Once you understand what causes motivation, you can motivate yourself  and achieve your goals-and you can motivate others too.

Your internal motivation is your drive and attitude. It is contagious. Your attitudes are the key to getting the response you wanted from others.

What is the difference between Motivation and Inspiration?

People motivate themselves. What we do, however, is inspire them to motivate themselves. People can create an environment that is motivating. Inspiration is thought; Motivation is action. Motivation is like fire-unless you keep adding fuel to it, it dies. Your fuel is your belief in your inner values. When this belief in inner values feeds your motivation, your motivation becomes long lasting.


What we really want to accomplish is self-motivation. Remember the greatest motivator is belief. We have to inculcate in ourselves the belief. We have to inculcate in ourselves the belief that we are responsible for our actions and behaviour.

A few steps to motivate others:

  • Give recognition.
  • Give respect.
  • Make work interesting.
  • Be a good listener
  • Encourage goal setting
  • Provide opportunities for growth
  • Throw a challenge
  • Help, but don’t do for others what they should do for themselves.

We are all motivated- Either positively or negatively. Negative motivation brings the desire to take the easier way which ends up being the tougher way.

“Good things come to those who wait, but only                 those things left by those who hustle.”                                                          -Abraham Lincoln-

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Sajdha Iqbal
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