There are two main types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is doing something because we want to. This includes reasons of fun, being interested, and desiring a personal challenge. Extrinsic motivation is motivation based on a reward system, so money, power, good grades, etc. It would make sense than that if we have both motivators than we will be able to work better. But that is not always the case. Let’s explore some skills in self-motivation.
It is important to set goals and to continue updating these goals. Usually, the more people achieve, the more self-confidence they gain. We all know that without a low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence holding us back we can achieve so much more. On the flip side, if you fail to achieve your goals than your self-esteem and confidence will suffer. When setting goals, make sure to set high but realistic goals. You want to give yourself a slight challenge, but at the same time make it attainable. Remember you can do more than you think you can.
Risk management is about planning ahead. Analyze what could go wrong and how disastrous that would be. You plan on what you would be able to handle if things do not go according to plan. Then you take action to avoid these possible consequences. There is rarely growth without risks.
Accepting Constructive Criticism
The first thing about accepting constructive criticism is to listen. When someone is criticizing us we tend to get defensive and are quick to reply. Instead of thinking of a reply we need to listen and just listen. Then you need to thank them and take what they have said into consideration.
Seek and Seize Opportunities
This is all about having courage and personal empowerment. Courage is not about having no fear. People who have courage still have fear, but they have learned how to deal with the fear and empower themselves in spite of their fear. Personal empowerment is about being aware of yourself and your abilities, and not to undervalue your potential. Being aware of yourself can help you set realistic goals and seek opportunities that come your way. A great book on this is The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone. He explains how often we make goals that are too easily achieved rather than high goals we will have to work for but will be able to achieve with our true potential.
Deal With Setbacks and Keep Going
Resilience is about having the ability to bounce back when obstacles are thrown your way. According to Skills You Need, there are four basic ingredients to resilience: awareness, thinking, reaching out, and fitness. You must be aware of what is going on around you and how your thoughts are reacting. Then you must be able to think rationally and work through the problem. Of course, it is important to reach out when needed. And you must always take care of yourself mentally and physically so you have the stamina to work through any given obstacle.
Remember to keep motivated by remembering these skills and always keep track of what you are trying to achieve. It takes a lot of hard work, but it is doable.