The Importance of Motivation
The importance of motivation lies in the mind. One of the most valuable motivation techniques I can give you is to explain the process of how to start thinking positive.
'Change your thoughts and you change your world'
-Norman Vincent Peale
Norman Vincent Peale was one of the wise who shared his belief with the world when he published the book, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’. His ideas have had a lasting influence as positive thinking has become the cornerstone of the self development industry. Now there's a wealth of resources on Positive Thinking Principles which will help anyone who's serious about using the power of their mind to improve their lives.
The importance of motivation is found in your thought process - and your willingness to start thinking positive will determine how you perceive and how you react to everything around you.
You will notice when you start thinking positive that you can achieve the destiny you choose in life using the power of your thoughts. Building on your positive thoughts will also help you to build confidence, self esteem, attain inner peace, reduce stress, create balance and control, target your thoughts, and achieve happiness and success.
Once you have motivation it only remains if you keep it active.
The importance of motivation needs reinforcement on a regular and ongoing basis. For example; you go to see a great motivational speaker where he or she gets you really pumped up on the importance of motivation and what the power of positive thinking can do for you in your life and you leave ready to attack the world and start thinking positive thoughts. After a couple of days these feelings start to dwindle until you are back to the motivation level you were before you listened to the speaker.
The importance of motivation is to keep it alive and not to let it dwindle. The key to reinforcing positive behaviors is to place reminders everywhere you look to keep that motivation of positive thinking in the forefront of your thoughts. This is done with daily maintenance.
I have a sign on my wall to remind me of the importance of motivation. It says, “May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” I don’t know where it came from or who said it, it’s been there for years but by using this sign, my inner peace and positive thinking, I found my passion, my meaning to life and I can keep focused on the path ahead.
Another outstanding option to build your inner strength and keep in mind the importance of motivation is to seek constant reinforcement on the particular thought pattern that you would like to alter. I love guided imagery CD's. I lay...relax... listen...and daydream my way to the thoughts I want to strengthen.
I also keep motivational sayings and pictures around me as well as carrying a book with me and keeping a book at my desk so that when I need a boost or have some spare time to relax and take a break I can reinforce my positive thoughts.
How many times do you find that you make negative comments of yourself?
“I’m too old,” “I’m too young,” “I’m too fat,” “Why do I always mess things up,” “I feel so inadequate,” “I can’t do anything right,” “I’m so slow,” and the list goes on. Your image of yourself has a way of dictating how you feel and how you react to your environment. John Bradshaw wrote a book titled ‘Healing the Shame that Binds You’ in which he states that, “Shame inducing thoughts tend to fall into three categories: self put-downs; catastrophic thoughts about one’s inability to handle the future; and critical and shaming thoughts of remorse and regrets.
The “if only” I hadn’t done such and such are sure ways to trigger shame spirals. The self put-downs like, “I’m to shy to make friends or get what I need,” or “I’m so stupid,” are ways to trigger shame spirals. Obsessions about your failures and limitations trigger spirals, resulting in severe depression.”
These thoughts defeat any attempts to encourage the importance of motivation. They are self destructive thoughts, for instance, if you think negatively about yourself such as “I’m so stupid,” then chances are if working on a project, you won’t give it your undivided attention to the project, you will assume in the long run your efforts will be un-noticed or perceived as a failure, so you will say things to yourself such as, “this won’t be accepted by others, it’s just a waste of my time,” or “there are so many people that could do the job better than me.” You will work so hard at not succeeding that you will eventually prove that your own expectation of yourself was correct and unknowingly reinforce your negative behaviors.
Do you have negative thoughts about yourself?
Would you have felt or acted any differently while doing this same project if your thoughts were more like, “I can do anything if I put all of my effort into it,” “Practice makes perfect,” or “If I work hard and refuse to give up, I can succeed.”
Our perceptions and expectations will ultimately guide us to the end result of our product.
Do you condemn yourself more than pat yourself on the back for a job well done?
Are you always bracing yourself for the worst outcome?
How often do you view the negative in a person rather than focusing on the positive?
If you have 100 compliments and 1 criticism which one do you dwell on?
The importance of motivation hinges on your ability to recognize and transform your negative thoughts to positive.
Take this Challenge - Throughout the next few days, pay attention to how many times a negative thought comes into your mind or a negative statement about yourself comes out of your mouth. You may discover that you are harder on yourself than you thought.
When you are working on altering your perceptions of yourself, you need to understand why you are having the negative thoughts. Chances are likely that these thoughts are due to some hidden fear that you believe about yourself. Negativity and fear drain your energy and make you weak. This weakness will make you lose faith in yourself. Each time you catch yourself making a negative statement about yourself, stop and ask yourself, “What caused me to say that?”
Using this technique, you are working from your current observation backwards, to find what has triggered the thought. Keep asking yourself why until you get down to the root of the fear, until you get a final, bottom-of-the-barrel answer. This is a form of constructive self-examination that you will find useful dealing with everyday stresses that are involved with your self confidence. You may not want to admit what the true fear is but you are the only person who will know and benefit from this truth, so be honest. Once you have identified these fears you will be able to work at overcoming them by altering your perception.
Use the importance of motivation to replace negative thoughts with positive.
Instead of saying, “I can’t do anything right.” Replace this with, “I can do anything I set my mind to, with determination and patience.” Instead of saying, “I am so fat,” replace this with, “I think I want to start changing my eating habits.” Instead of, “Nobody likes me,” replace this with, “I’m going to work on letting people get to know and understand me.” Any negative thought that you catch replace this with a positive thought. Inside you are locked secrets of who you truly are, as you peal back the layers and shed the negativity from your life the true you, the happy and positive you, will surface.
As explained prior, the importance of motivation and the use of motivational techniques are your secret to keeping the momentum moving forward once you start thinking positive. You will love the way you feel, no more self doubt, no more worry of how to approach or handle given situations, no more feeling helpless, insecure or inferior to others, and above all with these changes – no more placing all this stress on yourself.
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