Written by Craig Lock

What motivates us to dorepparttar things that we do? Why do we think and behave as we do? What influences people to do what they do?

Is is all because of that one word MONEY, which drives us to do what we do? I think not.

The word "motivation" means different things to different people. One thing for sure is that you can't buy a jar of it: it has to come from within yourself. A person's brain needs constant motivational input just as muscles need exercise, engines need petrol and plants need water.

I used to think that motivation was a slick American fad and that it wasn't for me. After all, I was very motivated already!

People arerepparttar 124107 product of their thoughts andrepparttar 124108 aim of motivational material is to improverepparttar 124109 quality of your thoughts. Motivation is nothing more than encouragement and we all perform better for it. Friends of mine say that I am a good motivator, because I simply encourage others.

"We become what we think about all day long." - Emerson

"Most people think only what everybody else is doing." - Earl Nightingale

The road to achievement starts with a goal. Implant that goal in your mind and think about it all day long. I am doing that with this manuscript and my goal is to have it published and be an author. I think I have takenrepparttar 124110 right action steps so far, so that I eventually reach my target. Payrepparttar 124111 price by making sacrifices. Take small steps towards your goal every day, instead of occasional bursts of activity.

The principal difference betweenrepparttar 124112 average person andrepparttar 124113 one who is highly successful seems to be inrepparttar 124114 degree of his or her personal motivation. Motivation isrepparttar 124115 hidden power inrepparttar 124116 successful person's arsenal and isrepparttar 124117 key ingredient for success. Most people, I believe are motivated or haverepparttar 124118 potential if they are aroused and interested inrepparttar 124119 activity.

However, one thing is for sure: It is not something someone else can give you. It must be self-generated from within; it is not external "RA RA" hype. In other words, motivation is an inner energy, rather than a fire lit by others.

Strong motivation also stems from a deep rooted belief in what you are trying to do; it is strongest when it comes from your inner values. This creates a feeling of ENTHUSIASM which is essential in order to remain motivated. Look atrepparttar 124120 zeal of a missionary or a Jehovah's Witness. The best salesmen are those who get very excited about and have total faith in their products. They sell with a firm conviction that their product isrepparttar 124121 best available.


What influences people to do as they do? There are many diverse influences. It is difficult to pin-point which one is most important,but some factors are as follows: different cultures, socialenvironment and biological influences (e.g.. hunger, thirst) in work and in play. Other influences are our thoughts, our perceptions. Everyone is different and unique, so there are great individual differences in our drives.

There are two main sources of motivation: What will happen if you do? What will happen if you don't? For example, your doctor advises you to give up smoking. If you do, you will feel better and live longer; if you don't your health is going to deteriorate. Both sources (and implications) are equally powerful.

There is a strong correlation between motivation and achievement. Highly motivated people are nearly always achievers. Thrillseekers like sky-divers and stuntmen often need to do life threatening activities to keep them motivated. Danger gives them pleasure and keeps them motivated.

Why do we work? Is it just for money or is money merely a short-term issue? I am personally not motivated by money. I prefer interesting and exciting work that offers a challenge andrepparttar 124122 opportunity for personal growth. Others may feelrepparttar 124123 need for affiliation or to contribute to society. Inrepparttar 124124 following chapter there is an exercise on this.

The Principles of Success

Written by Craig Lock

What is success? I am not going to try to define success. I think a precise definition is impossible. Is it winning a Gold Medal atrepparttar Olympic Games or winning Wimbledon, or being awarded a Nobel prize? What else? I believe personal success could be anything at all - it does not have to involve public recognition. Who is more success- ful? A millionaire who is unhappy, or an unnoticed person, who has led a simple, sincere and happy life? The simplest definition of success, I think, is 'to set out to do something and to succeed in doing it'. It really doesn't matter what, or how humblerepparttar 124106 undertaking.

The first step onrepparttar 124107 road to success starts with BELIEF. BELIEVE you can succeed and you will. Achieving success in whatever endeavor you choose may berepparttar 124108 goal of life, because it gives you freedom from worry. Could that be?

Success means different things to every one of us. Some people believe it is measured in financial terms, i.e. having wealth; others believe it is helping others rather than helping themselves. A bit of both perhaps?! Or it could be simply achieving for achievement's sake? Success is such a personal thing. To many people, it isrepparttar 124109 very root of their being --repparttar 124110 reason for existing is to achieve something worthwhile in our lives. Torepparttar 124111 vast majority ofrepparttar 124112 popula- tion it doesn't matter much whether they want to be suc- cessful or not; that's OK by me, as long as that is what you really want and you are happy with life.

However, most people want and are motivated to a great extent by public recognition and a relentless pursuit of achievement. How many people too are really happy? How many people are really doing what they want to with their lives? (Incidentally,repparttar 124113 ability to imagine, makes us different from animals).

No matter what motivates you personally...whatever you choose to do with your life, don't expect instant success. The years of struggle, commitment and learning in excelling at whatever endea- vor or trade you choose, is no easy task. I would whole- heartedly agree with that statement after many many years of struggle as an aspiring author. It takes a lot of courage, character and discipline to achieve success in any field. Nearly all successful people have doubted themselves at some point and wanted to give up. Me included! Yet they carried on. So many people give up within an inch or two away fromrepparttar 124114 gold inrepparttar 124115 seam downrepparttar 124116 mine - -a "whisker" away from success.

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