January 11, 2015


How do you get your motivation? Who, or what, motivates you? In other words, who, or what, drives you to succeed, and to push your success further and further? Maybe you are the best source of your own motivation; maybe it is your family. Perhaps you are motivated purely by money, and the quest for more of it; possibly the search for self-fulfillment is what motivates you.

What is motivation? Is it the same as inspiration? If you look in a thesaurus you will find that the word motivation equates with incentive, inspiration, drive, enthusiasm, and other similar words. My friend, Jon Turino, has written a book which I strongly encourage you to read, entitled “Inspiration Now!” I know that you will find it inspiring, motivating, and very supportive.

We all must discover our own motivation. Are we just slaves to the dollar and is that what motivates us the most? Are we that shallow that we only live in order to make more, and more, money? However, do we need money to order to make our lives better? Is the money the necessary factor to enable us to do the things that make our lives, and that of others, better?

Our motivation is the reason that we do what we do, and we can have multiple reasons for our business lives and how we conduct ourselves. Our rationale is how we act, what we actually do to make us more successful. Our motivation makes us create our goals of what we want to accomplish, and these goals may be the purpose for what we do.

Motivation is what we use to establish our goals to measure our success. Goals may be the end result that we wish to reach in our work. Goals can also be the intermediate steps that we use to reach the ultimate objectives in life. We can have personal goals, and we can have business ones. We also discover that some goals apply to both our personal and business lives. This is a fact that we must understand and accept.

Books, videos, seminars, webinars, and other means of education can provide motivation to us. We must renew our commitment to use these tools and what we learn from them in our lives. It does us no good to attend a seminar, take copious notes, and never apply what we learned. Practice what you learn, and practice again, over and over. Your knowledge will allow you to reach your goals and perhaps your motivation.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” This quote from Zig Ziglar may be motivation in and of itself for us to incorporate what motivates us into our lives. We must have a “why” for what we do, and how we do it. We should be able to articulate our “why” to others and to ourselves.

What is your “why”? What makes you what you are, what you do, and how you do it? Your “why” should be your motivation, along with the desire to accomplish your goals and better your life, and the lives of others. If you can accept, and attempt those goals, you will have a successful life, both personally and in business.

Why do you do what you do, and how you do it? Do you agree with these ideas concerning motivation? Whether you do or not, please leave me your comments here, or email me at Jim@SOC4Now.com, or call me at 360-314-8691. Everyone’s opinion counts, and I would love to chat with you no matter how you feel.

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