Self-Motivation and your Goals

In your daily works and activities, you often come across people talking about motivation either as part of job interview question or part of a Project Manager’s challenge within project management. Motivation in simple term relates to human behavioural pattern and feeling. These feeling and pattern represent an impulse toward attainment or a purpose about something. This phenomenon is often called a “wish”. When you express your wish with sufficient emotion then it translates to a desire. Consequently, strong desire results to motivation.

What is motivation?
Motivation is a driving force, a propelling energy or that particular thing inside of you which drives you to do things; it is the thing that drives you forward; something that helps you to make decision and act accordingly; it is an ingredient that helps you to accomplish your goals.

Types of Motivation
Intrinsic – A type of motivation that is founded on love. This is required to perform an action or task based on expected satisfaction or contemplated benefit from performing the action or task.
Extrinsic – The other type of motivation where you are obliged to perform an action or task for a reward.
A person can exhibit both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in varying degrees at any particular time. If expressed as a percentage the total value will always equal 100. Likewise, a person can express intrinsic or extrinsic motivation exclusive of each other.

Divisions of Motivation
Motivation can be divided into two major divisions:
• Self-motivation (Life motivation)
• Workplace (Employer / Manager generated motivation)

Self-motivation is something that cannot be separated from your set goals. It is not wrong to describe a person without concrete goals as a person lacking self-motivation. Self-motivation is the energy required to reach a goal. What is a goal? A goal can mean different things to different people in different regions of the World. However, examples of your goals can be found in academics, career, money, family and physical activities. Every goal is characterized by the acronym “SMART” where:
• S indicates that the goal has to be specific.
• M signifies that your goal has to be measurable.
• A stands for attainability of your goal or achievability.
• R reminds you that the goal has to be relevant to your purpose.
• T points to the importance of timing, in other words, give a time frame.

Maintain your Goals
Maintaining and retaining anything in life requires a conscious effort to invest time and resources. Similarly, in order to stay with your goals and get motivated you need to do some or a combination of the following:
• Acquire new and additional knowledge; reinforce current knowledge.
• Relate with like-minded and enthusiastic people.
• Develop the right mindsets, retain positive attitude and confidence.
• Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses.
• Develop momentum and relief yourself from procrastination, just do it.
• Seek help from others and be prepared to help others.

Increase your Motivation
If you fail to improve on your motivation, there is likelihood for downward movement. To avoid this tendency you can:
• Improve on the quality of your desire and goals.
• Reference written materials.
• Take baby steps towards achieving your goals.
• Celebrate every positive experience or outcome at any stage of your process in reaching your goals.

Importance of Self-Motivation
Self-motivation as an agenda that is hidden from your consciousness has several benefits to you in the following ways:
• Helps to achieve your goals.
• It improves your self-esteem and confidence.
• Helps to take control of your life.


Olajide Ageh