The Psychology of Self-Motivation

Post-New Year’s, only 8 percent of people follow through with their resolutions. This indicates that only a handful of people possess the inner drive to keep their commitments. In other words, they lack self-motivation.

The reason why self-motivation is so important is that it determines our ability to complete tasks and reach our goals. People with self-motivation are also more organized and possess exemplary time management skills.

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Let’s have a discussion about the psychology of self-motivation.

What is self-motivation?

Self-motivation is an innate emotion that drives you to work toward your goals and put effort into self-development. It can also be driven by extrinsic motivation; this is when an individual seeks external rewards, such as money, status and power.

Self-motivation is intricately linked to emotional intelligence, which is a measure of your ability to recognize and manage your emotions, as well as the emotions of the people surrounding you. This interlinked connection between the two enhances your ability to understand yourself, relate to others and reach your goals.

The Psychology of self-motivation

According to Scott Gellar, there are three major questions that determine whether an individual is self-motivated or not.

  1. Can you do it?
  2. Will it work?
  3. Is it worth it?

If you said yes to all of these questions, that means you’re self-motivated. The logic behind these specific questions is that they indicate whether you’re ready for the consequences of your actions regardless of whether they’re positive or negative. When you’re self-motivated, you feel competent in your ability to fulfill tasks and create a support structure that enables you to feel motivated by allowing you to believe in yourself.

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The importance of self-motivation

External sources of motivation are likely to leave you feeling unfulfilled; this is where self-motivation comes in. By allowing you to generate the will to do things, it makes you better-equipped to deal with stress. Self-motivation also leads to contentment and a profound sense of achievement.

How can you develop self-motivation?

Self-motivation is driven by a set of skills that are under your control. Setting high but realistic goals with the right level of risk is just one practice that can help you do so.

If you’re committed to a task or person, going the extra mile to achieve them can help you as well.

Other than that, being able to overcome setbacks you encounter and continuing to pursue your goal in spite of them exemplifies sustained effort and resilience, which can transform into self-motivation. And lastly,

Feeling good is the Fuel that drives Motivation

Take inspiration from the life of Steve Rizzo, who achieved stellar success in his life by practicing self-motivation. He was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame for being North America’s top business motivational and inspirational speaker. His distinct ability to relate with the audience, coupled with his talent to introduce a humorous spin in his talks, captivates people everywhere. You can book Steve Rizzo for your next corporate event and also order his two best-selling books online!


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