What Does Motivation Mean to You?

Becoming motivated and staying motivated is difficult for most of us.  When you ask the question what motivation means to you, it also begs the questions, “Do I believe in motivation?” and, “Do I really need motivation?”  In other words, do you believe you need motivation to succeed in your career and personal goals?

The dictionary defines motivation as something that causes a person to act or a method to provide a motive.  Motivation comes with many different faces.  Some you may recognize and some you may not.

Some synonyms for motivation are inspiration, incentive, drive, and enthusiasm. Do any of these look familiar?  If they don’t, then you may need motivation more than you think.

Some people appear to be born motivated. They hit the ground running each morning with a vibrant burst of energy that makes others a little nauseous while downing their first cup of coffee.  Throughout the day, they seem to be inexhaustible as they tackle one project after another.  You watch from the sidelines with emotions ranging from skepticism to admiration.

You, on the other hand, might fall in the category of being slow to start and it goes downhill from there.  You could do as well as any other if you could just get started and find the motivation. Depression may rear its ugly head as you continue to watch others run the race and finish while you’re still at the starting gate.  Depression has been called the absence of motivation.

It’s difficult to be depressed when you’re motivated; and equally difficult to fail or fall behind when you’re motivated.  Perhaps you’re plagued with short bursts of motivation only to lose interest when the going gets tough.  This is common not only in business goals and projects but in your personal life as well.

Most people who are motivated in their personal life find it easy to maintain that enthusiasm in their career.  If you equate motivation with success, eagerness, and passion, you could be right.  Are you eager and passionate about your daily tasks?  Or do you slog through them and only see a glimmer of happiness when the task is finished.

Perhaps you have stumbled on a key to becoming motivated.  There are hundreds of ways to acquire motivation, but nothing motivates like success.  We’re not talking here necessarily about winning an election or first prize in a contest, although that would be great.  Success comes in all sizes and disguises.

If you’re trying to lose weight and the pounds keep dropping each week you step on the scale, you feel motivated to do more.  If you’ve made a dozen sales calls and finally make a sale, you’re ready to make a dozen more calls seeking another measure of success because it’s so motivating. It’s true that some people were born with an innate quality of motivation, but motivation is a vital skill that you can learn.

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