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Self-Motivation for the Change Process

Self-motivation is crucial for maintaining and increasing our momentum, energy, and meaning in the change process.


“Motive” is defined as reason for a cause of action. Self-motivation causes a person to have motion, and is about deciding personal incentives for our aims, objectives, plans, goals, activities, projects, and actions.


Self-motivation or personal motivation has connection to performance, productivity, getting results in any endeavour.

Self-motivation assists an individual to identify opportunities whether relational, networking, job, and position, career or business opportunities. Clear personal vision and goals helps to enhance our self-motivation despite organisational, team, or national change or challenge.


A self-motivated person is constantly reviewing and updating his or her life and career goals, checking to assess progress, celebrating achievements, and developing action plans for improvements.


Some questions of note are:


(1) what motivates a person to pursue excellence at work or a specific task or project?


(2) What prevents a person from pursuing excellence at work or on a specific task or project?


(3) What motivates a person who has positive outlook about change?


(4) What de-motivates a person from learning and improving his or her knowledge or skills?


(5) What motivates a person to learn and improve his or her knowledge or skills? And so on …


Self-motivation is a personal decision, just as de-motivation is a personal decision. In an ever-increasing and competitive workplace, employers still prefers self-motivated, highly motivated individuals to less-motivated individuals.


CIPD’s research report (2009) titled, ‘Organisational Responses to Economic Challenge’ stated among other factors that employers are looking for added value from employees.


To be self-motivated a person needs to understand the process of motivation. The process of motivation is for us to:






Attaining the goal creates other unsatisfied needs, which means that continuous desire to keeping identifying and fulfilling unsatisfied needs. Or what Abraham Maslow describes as self-actualisation – the need to develop potentials and skills, to become whoever we desire to be.


The following are tips for personal motivation in the change process:


  1. A personal drive to improve. Ask, is this the best I could do, achieve, derive, produce? Can I do better? How can I do better?


  1. Be clear about your life purpose, vision, and goals. Ask: what’s the meaning or connection between my life’s purpose, vision and goals, and this employment, task, action, project?


  1. Start each week, day, work, task, project with clear outcomes in mind. In other words, what outcomes should I expect at the end of the week, day, work, task, project?



  1. Review and revise expected outcomes as you make progress in the week, day, or during the task or activity. You can ask: Is the week, day, task or activity going okay as I expect or do I need to change tack, or do something different?


  1. Minimise your doubts and maximise expected positive outcomes. Ask, why am I in doubt? What should I have done, do or be doing that reassures me that I’ve done the best I could do or be doing?


  1. Do it now. Make a start. Start doing the task, activity, or project. Ask, what are the consequences of delaying this decision, task, activity, or project?


Self-motivation stimulates task or project completion, and it’s necessary for personal success. Personal motivation creates the desire for competence. Truly competent workers or professionals are respected; they are adding value to themselves, their colleagues, their team, and their organisation. An individual that is deflated, of low energy, less inspiring is taking value from themselves, their colleagues, their team and their organisation.


Book Review


Paul Arden wrote a book, which you can read and finish in one-to-two hours. “Whatever You Think Think the Opposite” is a fantastic book that helps to rectify our reasonable thinking. Successful people think very different from ordinary people, and “Whatever You Think Think the Opposite” will inspire you to start thinking differently.


This book is unusual, witty, and different from conventional books. In fact, one of the habits to form after reading “Whatever You Think Think the Opposite” is to be unconventional in your thinking, decision-making, and actions.


Paul Arden took ideas from a range of sources for the content of his book. The book uses a wide variety of images; there are three images in the book that are unpleasant though it symbolises the messages he tries to get across to the reader.


“Whatever You Think Think the Opposite” would inspire anyone grappling with decisions and actions to take to meet the transformation and change agenda.


When you read “Whatever You Think Think the Opposite”, email us and share your thoughts and what you are doing differently.


Inspiring Quotes


“If everything seems under control you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti


“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller


“Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” – Motto of the Gucci Family


“All meaning is self-created.” – Virginia Satir


“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering


“You can fool all of the people some of the time; you can fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

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