I grew up thinking the only types of jobs available were doctor, dentist, lawyer… (you get it). I wasn’t exposed to many go-getters and out-of-the-box thinkers at a young age. Maybe I was, but it never clicked. As I got older, I started to meet more and more successful people who were always going and always doing. I observed them and learned from them little by little. Soon enough, I started to pick up their habits. Before I knew it, I had become motivated to be the best version of myself. It’s contagious.
Self-driven means that you are motivated to accomplish something without an external reward. For example, you may be self-driven to be the first person to arrive at work every day even though it doesn’t result in a raise or promotion. Self-motivation is, in its simplest form, the force that drives you to do things.
Wanting to do something and motivating yourself to actually do it are two different things. Self-motivation is the force that keeps pushing us to go on – it’s our internal drive to achieve, produce, develop, and keep moving forward. 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 go on.
With self-motivation, you’ll learn and grow – regardless of the specific situation. That’s why it’s such a fundamental tool for reaching your goals, achieving your dreams, and succeeding, in this journey we call life. And this doesn’t happen overnight. You have to work at it and develop a habit of truly believing you can do anything you put your mind to.
You should be learning something new every single day. Yep, every day. Whether it’s applicable to your personal life, work life, or spiritual life. Exercise your mind as much as possible, and then take time to process that information – this is very important. Keeping your mind stimulated and consistently challenged is good for you. This causes continued growth.
Intentionally surround yourself with like-minded people who are goal-oriented and success-driven. You will learn a lot from them without even trying. The same is true of the opposite. You will learn and develop habits from the people around you, so make long-term focused decisions. We were created to be a community. To be around people. You choose what type of crowd that you want around.
Success doesn’t happen overnight. You are going to fail. It’s not a matter of if you will fail, it’s when. Don’t be scared. Everyone goes through this on their way to achieving success. I’ve learned that possibilities are endless, and you really don’t know what lies ahead. Keep learning. Keep growing. Be relentless.
There is no reason you can’t become a better version of yourself day over day. All it takes is that initial step in the right direction. Remember, this is a steady growth process. It doesn’t happen over night or even over the course of a week/month. Have patience in the process and embrace new things you learn about yourself.