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Today, let’s talk about self-motivation.

Self-motivation is the force that drives you to do things- to achieve your goals and become successful. It is vital in whatever you do as a person because, without self-motivation, the desire to carry out action will be absent. Therefore, it is good to learn how to motivate yourself and get things done.

Self-motivation is one of the traits of the most successful people in the world. They don’t require many external motivators to do what they’re supposed to do because their will and drive is strong.

You should know that self-motivation is not something you can gain at once ad the story ends there; it takes time and requires patience and perseverance.

People who are self-motivated have good personal development traits- they’re organized, confident, and have more self-esteem. Developing your self-motivation can help you take charge of, many aspects of life.

This write up provides some practical solutions to motivate yourself.

Here we go [insert Tokyo Drift theme song]

  1. Get a positive attitude:

Be optimistic. There’s no way an individual can be self-motivated when he/she has a pessimistic view of life. Develop a positive attitude towards life and what you do. Generally, people that have a positive view of life tend to be more motivated ad successful.

positive attitude


  1. Be confident:

Confidence is crucial in becoming self-motivated. You have to believe in yourself and your ability- what you can do. Having good self-esteem is also important in boosting your self-confidence. The belief that you’re capable of accomplishing things you set your mind to achieve increases your self-motivation. Read more on self-confidence here.


  1. Get hungry and keep learning:

Explore, read, travel and gain more knowledge and experience. Never get tired of finding out about things or just staying idle- no matter how insignificant or irrelevant it might be or feel to you. Always want more and more. Be one with paper and quill.


Don’t be too lazy to read; you don’t have to remember all that you’ve read, just keeping reading and digesting.

There are places on the internet where you can find general knowledge like Wikipedia, Wikihow, OMG Facts, and of course… 9gag.


  1. Know that setbacks will happen:

Setbacks are part of life. The earlier you learn to accept that, the easier it will be for you to accept them and bounce back into the game after they’ve knocked you out. Most of the setbacks don’t necessarily occur to put a halt to your progress, instead, they present themselves to make you better, have a stronger and perseverance.

Expect that setbacks are likely to happen at any given time. When you don’t accept that setbacks can occur at any time, your expectations will always be high and when setbacks happen, you’ll get really disappointed. This often leads to depression and pessimism.



  1. Track your progress:

It is good for you to track your progress timely. That’s why schools give out tests and examinations- to track how far you’ve gone. Motivation and success also need to be measured to know how far you’ve come and determined ways for improvement. There’s no way a person can know how much he/she has progressed without keeping track.

track your progress



  1. Do what you enjoy:

As I’ve mentioned earlier on numerous accounts in pervious posts, always do what you enjoy and what makes you happy. When you do what you enjoy, it boosts your self-esteem and self-confidence. In a similar way, it increases your self-motivation.

Having fun


  1. Don’t be afraid of mistakes and failure:

A wise man once said, “failure is the beginning of success.” Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, after all, we’re humans. However, don’t make silly mistakes. Mistakes help you evolve and be a better person. We learn best from our past mistakes.

“He who is ever cautious makes little mistakes but learn little in life.”

Don't be afraid


  1. Reward yourself:

Learn to appreciate yourself. Reward yourself after accomplishing some tasks. Let’s say for example you read a book or two in a week, it’s only fair to reward yourself by going out to watch a movie, arcade store or a box of chocolates. Reward yourself however you see fit, but it should always come after accomplishing something. It utilizes positive reinforcement to strengthen your self-motivation.




  1. Surround yourself with positive people and achievers:

“Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, but great minds discuss ideas.”

Be cautious of who you surround yourself with. There’s an old adage that says, “show me your friend and I’ll tell you who you are.” You become a [roduct of the type of people you hang out with. If you’re always in the company of successful people and positive motivators, you’ll most likely become successful and self-motivated, and vice versa.




  1. Help others:

helping hands

Being helpful to others is a great way to motivate yourself. The joy and feeling of accomplishment in helping others make you feel good about yourself, which boosts your self-esteem and self-confidence. It also motivates you to take action whenever and wherever necessary and rid you of malaise and procrastination.


  1. Set larger goals:

Move on from setting smaller goals to larger goals. Larger goals require more action and attention. Think like an achiever; think big, dream big. The bigger the goals, the more motivated you are likely to be. Set smart realistic goals for yourself. Don’t go overboard and set some unrealistic goals for yourself like becoming the Flash, or Hulk.

Set higher goals





  1. Know your strength and weaknesses:

strength vs weakness

Identify your superpower and your kryptonite- where your strengths and weaknesses lie. They help in setting realistic goals and staying motivated to see the goals through. When you know your weaknesses, you will find ways to get around them. Reinforce yourself to turn your weaknesses into strengths.

“Knowing your weakness is no weakness at all; hiding your weakness is a true weakness.”


  1. Go ‘Nike’:

Just do it. Sometimes you have to act on impulse. Sometimes you have to oversee the consequences and setbacks no matter the odds and just do it. Forget worries and regret, just take action. Be optimistic about the choices, take risks.


It is crucial to note that I said, “just do it,” and not “YOLO.” YOLO usually implies doing something stupid, uncalculated and irresponsible. Be wise and responsible.


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