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Understanding motivation gives us power to accept our behaviour and to change what we think and do.
ELEMENTS OF MOTIVATION: * Desire * Decision * Determination * Discipline * Focus * Direction
"The buck starts and stops with you". The clearer goal more powerful motivation. WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT.
Motivation comes from a challenge, so be open to new challenges.
What motivates you NOW. (this can be very different from two years ago). Refer Maslow's hierarchy of needs:
EGO SOCIAL SAFETY BASIC (food,safety) How do we maintain motivation?
1. You must want to grow personally. This requires CHARACTER. 2. You should be open to new challenges, ie. be willing to break out of your secure comfort zone. 3.You must have a P.M.A. and be willing to change your thinking. (Dawn Fraser:"I won more races in locker room than in pool") 4.Do it with ENTHUSIASM.
5.Be willing to unlock your hidden potential (99%of people in world use less than 10% of their brain capacity)
3. WHERE ARE YOU COMING FROM?
Assess where you are now and how you got there. Are you happy? What is important to you (what are your deepest values)? Am I happy now with a balanced life? If not, what can I do about it? What can I change ...and I must accept what I can't (however you can change a lot more than you think)?
Write down your short term, medium-term and long- term goals. How are you going to get there? Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Are your goals realistic? Do you need to obtain further qualifications or skills to obtain them? What other obstacles could stand in my way. Will this really make me happy?
Is my life balanced or do I need to allocate more time/energy in to other areas?
HEALTH WORK FAMILY LEISURE SOCIAL
CHALLENGES and CRISES: Are current goals in your life challenging enough? List those areas in your life, which need new challenges: personal, family, work, spiritual, community. __________
How do you see yourself - positively or negatively? 1. What do you like most about yourself? List five qualities you like most. 2. Briefly describe your current career situation and how you feel about it - positive or negative? What do you do well? Think constantly about your strengths. 3. What results/achievements are you most proud of. Celebrate past sucesses, rather than remembering past failures. 4.Write a short note to yourself: who do you want to be and what do you want to achieve by year 2005. Use your IMAGINATION. Serendipity.Accept CHANGE as a fact of life. Make change work for you. PLAN ahead.
How to achieve career satisfaction?: 1. get to know yourself. 2. learn what you have to offer others. 3. know what you want 4. find out how to get it (eg. acquire study skills). "AS I THINK I BEHAVE"
As Nike ad says, just GO FOR IT.
In Part Two we'll have a brief look at concepts of goalsetting, attitude and how we can overcome effects of stress on our busy modern lives.
Craig Lock has written extensively in the field of self help. This extract is from his first published book HANDBOOK TO SURVIVE - a collection of writings on various subjects to help every man or woman survive in a rapidly changing, uncertain world. This book is available from: http://www.novelty-gift.com/