Why should we spend what scarce time we have in this fast paced-world learning and worrying about a concept that seems a bit far-fetched and mysterious?
It’s because motivation is the driving force behind the phenomenal success of Donald Trump, Michael Jackson, and Bill Gates. If you have any desire to have one-quarter of that success in your life, then you must learn about motivation and what drives it.
Many psychologists can provide a long, drawn-out explanation of what motivation is and what makes people motivated, but the bare-bones truth is that motivation is the internal factor or factors that keep you moving toward your goal.
Without individual motivation, the world would come to a screeching halt. Motivation is important in sports, business, weight loss, and even your personal life. Every individual is capable of working toward change and growth, but without motivation, there is no forward movement.
Learning to master and use motivation in your life actually requires a bit of motivation. Sometimes that motivation comes from an external source like your mother or your boss or even your doctor. Sometimes that motivation to master your individual motivational style comes from internal forces like your health or your desire to improve relationships or another specific aspect of your life.
Why motivation is important in your particular life is a function of your desire to effect change, to build solid personal relationships, to achieve weight-loss goals or get that promotion at work. Motivation is the cornerstone to pushing toward your goals when stumbling blocks and failures stand in your way.
And failure will come. It is only human nature. You won’t find that Donald Trump achieved his goals without failure. In fact, he went from millionaire to broke and then to billionaire. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and told he wouldn’t amount to much of a ballplayer. Bill Gates designed his operating system in his college dorm room while missing out on his college education.
Failure comes to all of us. The question isn’t if we will fail, but how we will handle the failure. Successful people learn to harness their motivation and fail forward. The faster they fail, the faster they achieve their goals because they are doing it. They are moving toward a goal that they may not hit in the first 10 tries, but with each failure, they are learning what not to do the next time.
Motivation is a cornerstone of success because successful people who fail learn to see their failure as stepping stones to success and not as the end of their dreams and goals.
When you learn to harness the vast power of motivation and what triggers your burning desire to reach your goal, you will have gone halfway to success. Motivation is an important factor in success because it is the only thing that will help you to fail forward.
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