Mojo: My Own Motivation

How Do We Work on Our Own Motivation?

It is lonely at the top, especially when CEOs are not internally motivated with a burning passion for the business. We all know that feeling – the act of going through the motions because the joy we once had in leading the team seems to have vanished. Without high internal motivation, even the most ordinary “to do’s” become challenges. So, how do we work on our own motivation as the leader? Here’s 7 great ways to work on your own motivation:

Set a major goal, but follow a path. The path has mini goals that go in many directions. When you learn to succeed at mini goals, you will be motivated to challenge grand goals.

Finish what you start. A half finished project is of no use to anyone. Quitting is a habit. Develop the habit of finishing self-motivated projects.

Socialize with others of similar interest. Mutual support is motivating. As individuals, we will develop the attitudes of our five best friends. If they are losers, we will be a loser. If they are winners, we will be a winner. To be a cowboy, we must associate with cowboys.

Learn how to learn. Dependency on others for knowledge supports the habit of procrastination. Man has the ability to learn without instructors. In fact, when we learn the art of self-education we will find, if not create, opportunity to find success beyond our wildest dreams.

Harmonize natural talent with interest that motivates. Natural talent creates motivation, motivation creates persistence and persistence gets the job done.

Increase knowledge of subjects that inspire. The more we know about a subject, the more we want to learn about it. A self-propelled upward spiral of success develops.  Train your employees to be active learners.

Take some risks. Failure and bouncing back are elements of motivation. Failure is a powerful learning tool. No one has ever succeeded at anything worthwhile without a string of failures.