"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."
~ Norman Augustine
I truly believe Augustine's words are true and if you look at history you know it is true. There are many people in the world with amazing talents who realize only a small percentage of their potential. We all know people who live this truth.
We also know those epic stories, those modern-day legends surrounding the early failures of such supremely successful folks as Michael Jordan and Bill Gates. We can look a bit further back in time to Albert Einstein or even further back to Abraham Lincoln. What made each of these people so successful? Motivation.
We know this in our gut, but what can we do about it? How can we motivate ourselves? One of the most difficult aspects of achieving success is staying motivated over the long haul.
Motivation is not an accident or something that someone else can give you -- you are the only one with the power to motivate you. Motivation cannot be an external force, it must come from within as the natural product of your desire to achieve something and your belief that you are capable to succeed at your goal.
Positive pleasure-oriented goals are much more powerful motivators than negative fear-based ones. Although each is successful separately, the right combination of both is the most powerful motivational force known to humankind.
Here are some tips and methods for motivating yourself:
~ Use a past defeat as a motivator. Remind yourself you have nowhere to go except up as you have already been at the bottom.
~ Give yourself the power of responsibility. Remind yourself the only thing stopping you is yourself.
~ Make a list of your achievements toward your long-term goal and remind yourself that intentions don't count, only action's.
~ Do it today. Remind yourself of someone you know who died suddenly and the fact that there is no guarantee that tomorrow will come.
~ Let success motivate you. Find a picture of what epitomizes success to you and then pull it out when you are in need of motivation.
Reflect and experiment until you find the right combination of motivators for your personality and your personal goals. I'll leave you with this final motivating quote:
"What drives me? The thing that drives me most is the desire to find my limits--and extend them." ~ Richard Marcinko
Now go push your own limits and succeed!