I can Motivate Myself. I am the creator of my Own Self. How ? Part-5
Self–motivation is the inner force that keeps us moving or pushes us to move forward – it’s our internal drive to achieve, produce, develop, and remain on track. When you think you’re ready to quit something, or you just don’t know how to start, your self–motivation is what pushes you to move on.
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Yes, You heard it right, You can Motivate Yourself.
This article is published in a series of 5 ways of self-motivation and covers 100 ways to self-Motivation.
- Ask yourself, Is your television helping you ? or Misloading you, just Kill it.
- You have your own soul cage, break out of it.
- Be the player yourself and run your own plays.
- You are an Einstein in yourself, just awaken it up.
- Your fear increases your fear, till you run away from it, just run towards it.
Positive thinking is closely related to self-confidence as a factor in self-motivation. It’s important to look at things positively, especially when things aren’t going as planned and you’re ready to give up.
If you think that things are going to go wrong or that you won’t succeed, this may influence things in such a way that your predictions will come true. This is particularly the case if you need to work hard to achieve success, or if you need to persuade others to support you in order to succeed. Your thoughts can have a major influence on whether you succeed or fail, so make sure those thoughts are “on your side.”
Positive thinking also helps you think about an attractive future that you want to realize. When you expect positive results, your choices will be more positive, and you’ll be less likely to leave outcomes to fate or chance. Having a vivid picture of success, combined with positive thinking, helps you bridge the gap between wanting something and going out to get it.
Let’s dwell on the Five Ways to Self Motivation-
- Ask yourself, Is your television helping you ? or Misloading you, just Kill it.
One day I saw someone wearing a T-Shirt written on it “Kill Your Television. I started thinking about it. I found people giving strange look at the person wearing that T-Shirt.
After a lot of thinking I asked myself this question “Is My television really helping me ? or Misloading me with wrong and unnecessary information’s”.
You can actually change your life by turning off your television. Maybe just one evening a week, to start with. What would happens if you stopped trying to find life in other people’s shows and let your own life become the show you got hooked on?
Cutting down on television is sometimes terrifying to the electronically addicted, but don’t be afraid. You can detox slowly. If you’re watching too much television and you know it, you might find it useful to ask this one question:
“Which side of the glass do I want to live on?”
When you are watching television you are watching other people do what they love doing for a living. Those people are on the smarter side of the glass, because they are having fun, and you are passively watching them have fun. They are getting money, and you are not.
There’s nothing wrong with occasionally watching other people do what they love doing. But the average household now does this for seven hours a day! Are they living on the side of the glass that will advance their lives?
Here’s a good test for you to determine if television motivates you more than books do:
Try to remember what you watched on television a month ago. Think hard. What effect are those shows having on the inspired side of your brain? Now think about the book that you read a month ago. Or even the e-Magazine you read last week. Which made a more valuable and lasting impression?
Which form of entertainment better leads you in the direction of self-motivation?
Today the growing fascination with going online is an improvement over television, especially if you interact. Communicating inside thoughtful chat rooms and sending and receiving e-mail both grow the brain.
Television does the opposite.
Groucho Marx once said he found television very educational. “Every time someone turns it on,” he said, “I go in the other room to read a book.
- You have your own soul cage, break out of it.
We always have our own limits, We look around us and see what others are doing and accordingly we form our own limits. We get disappointed by others achievements and very rarely we think that we can always cross our own limits. It’s all in the mind.
Our society encourages us to seek comfort. Most products and services advertised day and night are designed to make us more comfortable and less challenged. And yet, only challenge causes growth. Only challenge will test our skills and make us better. Only challenge and the self-motivation to engage the challenge will transform us. Every challenge we face is an opportunity to create a more skillful self.
So it is up to you to constantly look for challenges to motivate yourself with. And it’s up to you to notice when you’re buried alive in a comfort zone. It’s up to you to notice when you are spending your life, in the image of the poet William Olsen, like a
flower “living under the wind.”
Use your comfort zones to rest in, not to live in. Use them consciously
to relax and restore your energy as you mentally prepare for your next
challenge. But if you use comfort zones to live in forever, they become
what rock singer Sting calls your “soul cages.” Break free. Fly away.
Experience what the philosopher Fichte meant when he said, “Being
free is nothing. Becoming free is heavenly.”
3. Be the player yourself and run your own plays.
Life is a Game, Just press start your life. It’s your game and you are the player,
Design your own life’s game plan. Let the game respond to you rather than the other way around. Be like MS. Dhoni, the former Indian cricket captain , who always made his decisions count. Everybody thought he was a kind of eccentric because of how extensively he planned his plays in advance of each game. Most captains would wait to see how the game unfolded, then respond with plays that reacted to the other team. Not MS.Dhoni.
You can create your own plans in advance so that your life will respond to you. If you can hold the thought that at all times your life is either a creation or a reaction, you can continually remind yourself to be creating and planning.
“Creation” and “reaction” have the same letters in them,
exactly; they are anagrams. (Perhaps that’s why people slip so easily out
of one and into the other.)
Many of us can spend whole days reacting without being aware of it.
We wake up reacting to news on the clock radio. Then we react to feelings in our body. Then we start reacting to our spouses or our children. Soon we get in the car and react to traffic, honking the horn and using sign language. Then, at work, we see an e-mail on our computer screen and react to that. We react to stupid customers and insensitive bosses who are intruding on our day. During a break, we react to a waitress at lunch.
This habit of reacting can go on all day, every day. We become goalies
in the hockey game of life, with pucks flying at us incessantly.
It’s time to play another position. It’s time to fly across the ice with the
puck on our own stick ready to shoot at another goal.
Robert Fritz, who has written some of the most profound and useful books on the differences between creating and reacting, says, “When your life itself becomes the subject matter of the creative process, a very different experience of life opens to you—one in which you are involved with life at its very essence.”
Plan your day the way MS.Dhoni planned his Cricket games. See the tasks ahead as plays you’re going to run. You’ll feel involved in your life at its very essence, because you’ll be encouraging the world to respond to you. If you don’t choose to do that, the life you get won’t be an accident. As an old Jewish folk saying puts it, “A person who does not
make a choice makes a choice.” and the choice is his own in both the cases.
4. You are an Einstein in yourself, just awaken it up.
Every time I see a picture of Albert Einstein, I realize that that’s
I See Albert Einstein and say, “there I am.”
Every human has the capacity for some form of genius. You don’t have to be good with math or physics to experience genius level in your thinking. To experience Einstein’s creative level of thinking, all you have to do is habitually use your imagination.
This is a difficult recommendation for adults to follow, though, because adults have become accustomed to using their imaginations for only one thing: worrying.
Adults visualize worst-case scenarios all day long. All their energy for visualization is channeled into colorful pictures of what they dread.
What they don’t comprehend is that worry is a misuse of the imagination. The human imagination was designed for better things.
People who use their imaginations to create with, often achieve things that worriers never dream of achieving, even if the worriers possess much higher IQs.
People who habitually access their imaginations are
often hailed by their colleagues as “geniuses”—as if “genius” was a
genetic characteristic. They would be better understood as people who
are practiced at accessing their genius.
Recognition of the power of this genius in all of us prompted Napoleon
to say, “Imagination rules the world.”
As a child, you instinctively used your imagination as it was intended.
You daydreamed and made stuff up. You were a daydream believer by day and in your right brain at night you sailed down a river of dreams.
If you go back into that state of self-confidence and dream again, you’ll
be pleasantly surprised at how many innovative and immediate solutions
you come up with to your problems.
Einstein used to say, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
When I first heard he’d said that, I didn’t know what he meant.
I always thought additional knowledge was the answer to every difficult problem.
I thought if I could just learn a few more important things, then I’d be
What I didn’t realize was that the very thing I needed to learn was
not knowledge, but skill.
What I needed to learn was the skill of proactively using my imagination.
And once I’d learned that skill, the first task was to begin imagining the vision of who I wanted to be.
Song writer Fred Knipe once wrote a song about this. It was for the soundtrack of a video produced for teenagers about how to visualize themselves succeeding at what they wanted to do:
“That’s you in your wildest dreams
doing the wildest things
no one else can do.
If you just love and keep those dreams the wildest dreams , you’ll make yourself come true.”
To make ourselves come true we need to develop the strength to dream.
Dreaming, in its proactive sense, is strong work. It’s the design stage of creating the future. It takes confidence and it takes courage. But the greatest thing about active dreaming is not in the eventual reaching of the goal—the greatest thing is what it does to the dreamer.
Forget the literal attainment of your dream for now. Focus on just going
for it. By simply going for the dream, you make yourself come true.
5.Your fear increases your fear, till you run away from it, just run towards it.
Have you ever noticed dogs going behind you till you try to run away from them, as soon as you stop and try facing them, they will retreat and go back.
So try not to run away from the danger , rather , face it and find ways to overcome it.
The world’s best-kept secret is that on the other side of your fear there is something safe and beneficial waiting for you.
If you pass through even a thin curtain of fear you will increase the confidence you have in your ability to create your life.
General George Patton said, “Fear kills more people than death.” Death kills us but once, and we usually don’t even know it. But fear kills us over and over again, subtly at times and brutally at others. But if we keep trying to avoid our fears, they will chase us down like the persistent dogs. The worst thing we can do is close our eyes and pretend they don’t exist.
“Fear and pain,” says psychologist Nathaniel Branden, “should be
treated as signals not to close our eyes but to open them wider.” By
closing our eyes we end up in the darkest of comfort zones—buried
Janis Joplin’s biography, which chronicled her death from alcohol and
drug abuse, was aptly titled Buried Alive.
To Janis, as to so many similarly troubled people, alcohol provided an artificial and tragically temporary antidote to fear. It is no accident that in the old frontier days
the nickname for whiskey was “false courage.”
There was a time in my life, not too many years ago, when my greatest fear of all was public speaking. It didn’t even help that fear of speaking in front of people was people’s number one fear, even greater than the fear of death. This fact once caused comedian Jerry Seinfeld to point out that most people would rather be in the coffin than delivering the eulogy.
For me, it ran even deeper than that. As a child I could not give oral book reports. I’d plead with my teachers to let me off the hook. I would offer to do two, even three written book reports if I didn’t have to do the oral one.
Yet as my life went on, I wanted to be a public speaker more than anything. My dream was to teach people everywhere to learn the ideas that lead to self-motivation, the ideas that I had learned. But how could I ever do this if stage fright left me frozen with fear?
Then one day as I saw a saying written on my school notice board, “Run toward
your fear! Run right at it!” .
Deep down I knew that I had just read something I needed to
hear. No matter what station I turned to, all I could remember was those words: “Run toward your fear!”
The next day I still couldn’t get it out of my mind, so I called a friend of
mine who was an orator and morning school assembly news reader. I asked him to help me get into a personality development class he had once told me about. I told him I thought I was ready to overcome my fear of performing in front of people.
Although I lived in a high state of anxiety the first weeks of that class, there was no other way around my fear. There was no real way to run from it any longer, because the more I ran, the more pervasive it got. I knew I had to turn around and run toward the fear or I would never pass through it.
Emerson once said, “The greater part of courage is having done it
before,” and that soon became true of my speaking in public. Fear of
doing it can only be cured by doing it. And soon my confidence was
built by doing it again and again.
The rush we get after running through the waterfall of fear is the most
energizing feeling in the world.
whenever you are in an undermotivated mood, find something you fear and
do it—and watch what happens.
Motivation is just within you, do not find it outside you. Do not depend on other channels like television or social media, Spend some time talking to yourself, give yourself the extra room to organize your thoughts. Break out of your own soul cage, feel free. run your own plays and have trust on your abilities.
Never let the Past hinder your present and never be very concerned about the future. If you can shape your present, your future is well secured, and your past can only motivate you.
You are your own Einstein, everyone is genius in something, you just need to find the genius within you. Your fear will defeat you ,if you run away from it, you can win your fear only by accepting the challenge and by running towards it.
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