Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Understanding Motivation

“To succeed you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you” - Tony Dorsett

A motive is an impulse that causes a person to act. The more powerful your reasons or motives are to do something, the more motivation you receive to get things done!

Take a look at the following:
  1. A man is asked by his boss to carry a 2 stone bag of sand across a distance of 50 meters. He is not a labour and is unhappy about being asked to do this manual task by his employer. He grumbles about it and tries to put it off. He sees no reason why he should have to do this heavy, unrewarding job. He does it, half-heartedly dragging his feet.
  2. That same man is walking past an accident scene, where a small child, also weighing 2 stone, needs to be carried 50 meters so she can get urgent medical help. He does it immediately and runs all the way!

In the first scenario, the person had no motivation to get the job done. He put it off until the last minute and then when he finally did it, he made sure EVERYONE knew about it. He had no reason to do this boring task, other than trying to keep his boss happy.

However, in the second scenario he was fully motivated - there was a big reason to do the task. He acted immediately and did so with massive amounts of energy. The reason (or motive) is what fired his motivation and gave him the vigour, strength and drive needed in order to successfully get the task completed.

Walking your talk is a great way to motivate yourself. No one likes to live a lie. Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation to do what you advise others to do.” - Vince Poscente

“You can motivate by fear. And you can motivate by reward. But both of these methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self-motivation.” - Homer Rice

“Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.” - Peter Davies

A burning desire is the greatest of all motivators. Motivation is inside you, you just need to find it, harness it and use it.

Remember to keep yourself motivated at all times!

Photo 1 by photoplasia taken from this source
Photo 2 by Brett L. taken from this source

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lilifxt said...

hi sam thank u for this post it shows really the right meaning of motivation some people these days work or achieve things coz this is the way they haveto do it regardless any motivation some young people are not motivated if they understand the power of motivation and use it righht they will be more successful and have targets in life.
when i feel down i think my motives are gone i fight such thoughts by encouraging myself to be more motivated thats the fuel or the food to our brain like u said

the only lasting thing is self -motivation i agree with that

very nice post made me more motivated for being a better person

thx my friend and God bless

Jennifer said...

Hi Sam...
Very excellent post!

I am just finishing a book titled, Survival... it is about how and why people survive disasters and one of the most important traits of survivors is motivation!

Similar to your story, the motivation to see loved ones, is a BIG motivator in some people surviving!

I have a sense that at the core motivation is the key to success... Or, that upon which all other factors are dependent?

You have given me a lot to ponder that is for sure! ;-)

Lots of love,


mr fong said...

Sam,hello fm gENTing again :-)

surjit said...

Hi sam,
You have chosen a very good topic: Motivation: and a beautiful story to make home your view point.I like the following quote:
...'The only lasting thing is self-motivation.” -
Yes,only self motivation can take us to our desired goals in life.
"One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire."
Thanks for sharing.
God bless.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lili,

Thanks for adding your insight. Indeed, everybody can be more successful in life when they are self-motivated knowing their motives in life and really harness its power.

Best Wishes to you Lili

Sam Chan said...

Thanks Jennifer, for your motivating words.

I agree with you that motivation is one of the traits why people surviving! When there is nothing to motivate retire people to go on in life, they die faster!

Blessings and Love to you Jennifer

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston!
Greeting from Genting Highlands? Hey, this is your second trip in a year - right?

Hope you have a great time there!
Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Surjit!

Thanks for sharing the nice quote with me: "One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire."

Blessings and Joy to you, Surjit

mr fong said...

My 4th time ;p

Sam Chan said...

Hey Winston!

4th time in Genting this year? Ooh.. Genting is really making a lot of money from you :-)

Thanks for your support. Even though you are in Genting, you still visit my blog! I really appreciate that.

Blessings to you, Winston

mr fong said...

Haha, yeah everyday go buy theme park tickets from there.The service isn't too good, but what to do- I was there for only 2 days for the last few trips as I have to come bck to teach...

I took the time to realign my life and think abit more (I'm quite lazy in real life ;p) so your blog was a MUST :)

Hope you doing fine?

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

Thanks for your kind and encouraging words. I hope your last trip to Genting was a good one.

I am doing fine. Hope you are also.

Happy holiday!
Best Wishes