One extremely important quality that every successful business person should possess is self-motivation. Self-motivation may appear impossible at times, especially when outside distractions are involved. This is why working hard to achieve and maintain this skill is essential to success. It doesn’t matter what the intended goal may be, if a person is trying to become motivated about beginning a new exercise regime or about completing several business reports by a deadline, the process for self-motivation is the same.

There are many different methods for increasing and maintaining self-motivation, most take time and effort to be effective.  One popular way of self-motivation is through visualization. Visualization is a cognitive method of self motivation. The idea is that if a person is able to visualize himself reaping some type of major benefit from completing a goal, then it is simpler to become motivated about putting forth the effort to complete the steps towards that goal.

All it takes is the smallest spark of interest for this form of self-motivation to be effective. For example, a person may dread exercising on their treadmill every morning. However, if they visualize themselves with a muscular new figure and increased physical agility, then they are a lot more likely to exercise.  The mental image during visualization helps to motivate them.

Goal setting is another excellent method of self-motivation. A person sets goals for a reason, and obviously they want to reach those goals in a predetermined amount of time. As a person comes closer and closer to achieving an intended goal, he or she becomes increasingly more motivated to continue to work toward reaching that goal. The process is cyclical.  For example, an overweight person wants to lose 50 pounds but believes this goal is impossible to achieve.  However, after they lose the first five pounds they become motivated by their progress toward the final goal.  The goal appears more realistic and reachable. They become excited by seeing the initial weigh loss which pushes them to lose more.

Sometimes actual visual motivators can assist in self-motivation. While similar to visualization, this technique is different because visualization doesn’t require a person to use a physical object as a motivator; this technique does. For instance, if a person wants to lose weight, hanging a small-sized swim suit where it can easily be seen is a great way to encourage self-motivation. Another example of a visual motivator might be a sales executive that knows he or she will receive a huge bonus if they make a certain sale.  Placing a photo of the new car that they plan to purchase with the bonus money might provide enough self-motivation to make the sale a reality.

There are many ways of using self-motivation to one’s advantage. As long as a person is able to motivate themselves, and remain that way, they can achieve just about any goal that they desire. Self-motivation may appear difficult at first, by if a person works at it often, it can prove to be very beneficial and rewarding.

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