I Alone Can Motivate Myself…How True Is That???
When it comes to motivation, I have come to understand that peoples’ views on it vary. So I won’t say I was surprise when my friend told me she didn’t believe the ‘motivation crap’ writers and speakers feed people with. She believes that no one can motivate another person to do anything, and we are the only ones who can encourage ourselves.
Well, since I am one of the ‘motivational crap’ writers she talked about, I thought it would be best to write an article on this subject.
What is the need for motivation?
Can I get motivated by reading books, attending seminars and listening to tapes?
I have read so many motivational books and articles, I have attended so many seminars, but I am yet to make anything good of my life….what then was the use of it all?
If after reading and attending seminars, and it still balls down to me encouraging myself…isn’t it safe to say I alone can motivate myself?
These are some of the questions people ask themselves when it comes to motivation. Now, I am going to be using motivation a lot in loose term to refer to motivation materials, self empowerment and encouraging materials (I think when people say motivational sources, they refer to them too).
We are living in a world where motivating materials are at our finger tips unlike the days of Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, and Napoleon Hill. Now you can get them from websites, articles, seminars, radios and the television. I guess with its rapid growth most people now see it as a waste of time…I know because I once felt that way
Before I go any further, I think we should understand what motivation is all about. Motivation is the act of giving someone a reason to do something. Motivational materials provide you with the:
‘Why you need to do something’ information
‘What you need to do’ information
‘How you need to do’ information…it can never give you the ‘do’ information.
This means motivational materials cannot make you do anything. They can provide you with the reasons and how you need to fulfill your dreams, but they will not fulfill it for you. At the end of the day, it all comes down to you….you alone can decide what you will do with the information the materials provided you with.
So does this make these motivational materials unnecessary? No!
Motivational materials feed our mind with empowering words and information; and we know that man is made or destroyed by words. 90% of our attitude to life and every other thing around us is as a result of the words and information we have allowed into our subconscious.
What these motivation materials do is to detoxify our minds of those disempowering beliefs and replace them with empowering ones.
You can only act out what you believe. This means that for you ‘to do’, you must have the right mindset and information- and that is what this motivational materials do. They fuel you with the drive and excitement to run your vision with.
No man can exist alone. By design, man was created to be co-dependent. Now to answer the question ‘can I alone motivate myself?’…the answer is no. Most times when we ask this question, we focus on the ‘doing’ part. Yes, this materials won’t live your dreams for you, but they can give you a reason to. And no matter how strong and self confident you are as a person, you have your moments of weakness.
Can you honestly tell me you have never had times when you felt like a total failure, discouraged, saddened and even depressed?
There will be times when you are discouraged that you can’t even encourage yourself. You will need someone to encourage you and help you see reasons why you must keep moving. You need someone who will remind to keep pushing.
While we are our best motivation (nobody can motivate you like you can), we need one other to compliment us in our moments of weakness…because no one’s perfect.
Hello friends! What do you think about this topic? Do you think I’m wrong and that we alone can motivate ourselves? I would love to know what you think in our comment section below.
Have a nice day!