A good starting point when looking at motivation and how you experience it, is to ask yourself “What makes me feel alive or what makes me feel passionate?” “What do I desire?” “Am I feeling this enough? If not, then what is stopping me from feeling/experiencing it more?”
Answer these questions as honestly as you can!
Go inside, check out what you value as important and worthy. Then check out if what you are being and doing in your life is in harmony with these values. I like to think of motivation as a bridge or link that connects one’s inner values and truth to one’s actions and also the physical environments in which one lives.
If you are living your truth, or ‘following your bliss’, your motivation is in harmony with both your values and your environment. If certain things are out of harmony, motivation can also give the energy to change and improve situations. In relation to personal development and to living an excellent life, motivation is key to staying on course or in alignment with your true desires.
Looking within yourself to find out your true motivations can be more empowering and therefore more long-lived than looking outside to others or things to ‘get it’. That is not to say that motivation that originates from outside is not effective or necessary. But to rely on external motivators to feel motivated, is to forget that each of us has the resources we need within ourselves to create fulfillment.
An example of cultivating self-motivation, is personal development coaching or life skills coaching. Coaching is being used increasingly as a management tool to encourage more fulfilled and more effective people in their work roles.
For hundreds of years, employers have relied on external motivators to get their employees to perform. The prime external motivators used to make people perform have been money and job security. However, as John Whitmore states – ‘If people are going to really perform, they must be self-motivated’.
Coaching allows an individual to find motivation within her or himself, through effective listening and questioning on the coach’s part.
There is an art to knowing one’s own motivation and actively using it. There is also an art to maintaining motivation during challenging times. This art becomes stronger and easier, the more we recognise our true potential.
“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart” (Rumi).