"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar
Self-motivation is complex. It's linked to your level of initiative in setting challenging goals for yourself; your belief that you have the skills and abilities needed to achieve those goals; and your expectation that if you put in enough hard work, you will succeed.
Four factors are necessary to build the strongest levels of self-motivation:
• Self-confidence and self-efficacy.
• Positive thinking, and positive thinking about the future.
• Focus and strong goals.
• A motivating environment.
Let's focus on self-confidence and self-efficacy for now.
Being highly self-assured means you will set challenging goals for yourself, and be more resilient when you encounter setbacks. If you don't believe in yourself you'll be much more likely to think, "I knew I couldn't do this" instead of, "This one failure isn't going to stop me!"
Albert Bandura, a psychologist from Stanford University, defined self-efficacy as a belief in our own ability to succeed, and our ability to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. This belief has a huge impact on your approach to goal setting and your behavioral choices as you work toward those goals.
According to Bandura's research, high self-efficacy results in an ability to view difficult goals as a challenge, whereas people with low self-efficacy would likely view the same goals as being beyond their abilities, and might not even attempt to achieve them.
It also contributes to how much effort a person puts into a goal in the first place, and how much he or she perseveres despite setbacks.
People can develop that general level of self-confidence which helps them believe they can succeed, and recognize and enjoy the successes they’ve already had. That, in turn, will inspire them to build on those successes. The momentum created by self-confidence is hard to beat. As we work with people, we can have a strong influence on how they develop their self-confidence.
Developing a vivid picture of success, combined with positive thinking, helps people bridge the gap between wanting something and going out to get it.
Spend some time visualizing doing or being that which you want right now. If it fits in with your goals and they are SMART goals, know you can do it. Make it yours. Own it. Go for it!
In : Motivation