Mastering the Art of Self-Motivation

hand“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”—-Walter Einstein

Momentum is the key for motivating yourself. You wake up, you go to work, come home, watch a little television, and go to bed. What did you learn from the day? Who did you help? How much closer are you to that project that you are working on? If you look at life based upon what you accomplished in an average day, you would be very impressed with yourself. We live in a society that looks at our zip code, our car, our home to determine how valuable we are. These material things may be important to you but what about all the other things that you are doing each day to improve yourself.

L. P. Jacks, Senior Lecturer, an English educator, philosopher, and Unitarian minister who rose to prominence in the period from World War I to World War II, once said:

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.

When you do what you love you begin to find your true north, which, according to Bill George, the author of the book True North, is your internal compass.

My book, Mastering Self-Motivation, addresses the point about understanding your motivation and finding your purpose in life. You have to be able to develop an awareness of your strengths and weaknesses, and then set up a plan to enhance your strengths and, if you have time, work on eliminating your weaknesses.

There is no better time than now to make the necessary changes in your life to create a roadmap for success and transform your life. Your life quest began when you first arrived in this world. At that time, you were dependent upon your parents but now you have to depend on yourself. Take the necessary steps to reinvent yourself by focusing on your core competencies which are the things that you do well.

Reinventing yourself means that you surround yourself with creative and innovative people. Ben Franklin once said that you should become a revolutionary for experimentation and change. In order to do this you have to look at failure as a way of learning. Failing just means that you have a chance for a new beginning.

Here are five things that you can do today to begin Mastering the Art of Self-Motivation:

  1. Set high goals. Oprah Winfrey once said in 1987 that she will be a millionaire by age thirty two; fourteen years later she was worth 1.4 billion dollars.
  2. Thrive on challenge. Look at challenge as a way of life. The older you get, the more challenges you will face, embrace them.
  3. Become highly self-motivated. Do not wait for someone to come down from the sky with a magic wand to make you a motivated person.
  4. Invest the necessary effort. Burn the midnight oil. Go the extra mile. Get up with the sun and work until dusk.
  5. When faced with obstacles, persevere. Become tenacious and resilient by bouncing back from obstacles with a stronger presence and determination.

This blog post is an article about my book “Mastering Self-Motivation: Preparing Yourself for Personal Excellence.”

If you would like to buy a copy of Mastering Self-Motivation, you can find it at, Barnes & Noble, or wherever books are sold.

Contact Dr. Michael Provitera, the Author of Mastering Self-Motivation, by emailing him at [email protected] Visit his website at Watch his three minute book trailer when you visit his website.

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