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Self Motivated: The Ninth Personal Leadership Characteristic

If you want to succeed in life, personal leadership is a must-learned skill. Personal leadership is the ability to lead yourself towards what you want to achieve. And to become a personal leader, there are some characteristics that you must develop within yourself. One of which is becoming a person who is self motivated. By doing so, you will stand out from the rest.

What is the meaning of being Self Motivated?

Self motivation is one of the most important skills that you can ever learn. Without learning how to motivate yourself to do the things that you need to do, you will never accomplish anything. Being self motivated means doing the things that you need to do with drive for action. It means that you have a motive to accomplish something.

In one of the articles in, self motivation was defined as "the force that drives you to do things." If you are interested in developing yourself as a person, you need to start thinking about being self motivated. It's one of the most important skills in life that successful people have developed.

Being self motivated is closely related with being self disciplined. We define self discipline as "doing the things you must do even if you don't feel like doing them." At first, this is hard to do. But if you couple self discipline with being self motivated, it will be much easier.

"Self motivation is the driving force behind all success and achievement." - Anonymous

You may be reading this at a time when you are demotivated by challenges and obstacles in life. You may not see immediate fruits of your labor. Also, there may not be immediate rewards for your efforts. But if you would develop the habit of learning how you become motivated, it will be easier for you to become more as a person. So you could do more for others.

Being Self Motivated

Learning how to motivate yourself is really about learning more of who you are. It's about knowing what makes you tick. What your motives for actions are. And one of the greatest learning in life is knowing more about ourselves. And getting deeper knowledge about who we are as a person. Thus, learning to become self motivated is a matter of knowing yourself.

So what makes you tick? What are the things that motivate you? Some people read books because it sets the mood for them. Others drink coffee. Some others listen to success audiotapes. Or they watch inspirational films. But the bottom line is, they are doing something to set their mood and become motivated.

Self motivation isn't always about the burning drive inside you. Rarely does that stay consistently. As Zig Ziglar said, "motivation doesn't last... so we recommend it daily." What you must do is develop the habit of motivating yourself. And setting yourself in the mood for work.

The characteristic of being self motivated is important if you want to live a successful life. Without being motivated to do the things that you should do, you won't start anything. Heck, you won't even start to discipline yourself! But motivation is just a spark. It's just a head start. What you need is continuity in building a habit of motivating yourself. Don't rely on other people to motivate you. The motivation that comes from others will only take you so far. And that is not the best motivation there is.

Right at this moment, you may be experiencing discouragement from the circumstances that happen in your life. Those circumstances may be inevitable. But what you can do now is to choose to develop a habit of motivating yourself. It will be well worth it.

To Build A Bridge: A Story of Desire and Motivation

The Brooklyn Bridge that spans the river tying Manhattan Island to Brooklyn is truly a miracle bridge. In 1863, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea for this spectacular bridge. However, bridge-building experts throughout the world told him to forget it; it could not be done.

Roebling convinced his son, Washington, who was a young upand coming engineer, that the bridge could be built. The two of them developed the concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With un harnessed excitement and inspiration, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project was only a few months under construction when a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling and severely injured his son, Washington. Washington was left with permanent brain damage and was unable to talk or walk. Everyone felt that the project would have to be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.

Even though Washington was unable to move or talk, his mind was as sharp as ever, and he still had a burning desire to complete the bridge. An idea hit him as he lay in his hospital bed, and he developed a code for communication. All he could move was one finger, so he touched the arm of his wife with that finger, tapping out the code to communicate to her what to tell the engineers who were building the bridge. For thirteen years, Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger until the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge was finally completed.

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Le Mot De La Fin.

Washington would not have finished the project he and his father have started if it weren't for the burning desire and the ability to motivate himself. I have learned and observed from men and women who achieved great works in their life that a burning desire can become your greatest motivator. You too can start developing your personal leadership characteristics. All it takes is practice and the habit of motivating yourself. Remember now that in spite of all the noises and inevitable challenges you're currently facing, who you become and what you do about it is much more important.

Related: Who you become is more important

How will you practice being self motivated? Share your thoughts and practices by commenting below.

Live an inspired life,

Jeric C. Timbang

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  1. I definitely needed this! I yo-yo between excellent motivation and none at all! Thanks for sharing x

    • That’s true. I myself do experience being in a motivated state then blow it the next day. It’s really helpful if we know how to motivate ourselves. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Jenny.

  2. This is such an inspiring post. I myself struggle with self motivation so this article is so helpful.

    I’m going to practise self motivation by starting a bullet journal I think, keeping in mind that the only way to get things done is to get things done 🙂

    • I’m happy that it inspired you Bethany. You’re right about getting things done. We have to do it. No one is responsible for our own life but us. Thank you for your inspirational comment. Continue living an inspired life. 🙂

  3. Exlemrety helpful article, please write more.

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