No matter what you do, SELF-MOTIVATION is the most important of all the ingredients to be successful in everything that we do. Regardless of what your goals are, getting good grades, publish your research projects, getting fit, reaching another level of financial freedom, finding your soulmate, maintaining and having a great relationship, starting a business while you in college, and etc., if you want to be successful in all aspects of your life, you have to be self-motivated most of the time.
According to Dictionary.com, “Self-Motivation” literally means “the initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without another’s prodding or supervision”. The only party involved in this motivation is only you alone without any backups from anybody. Even though on our resume, many of us put self-motivation as one of the skills we have, most of us still depend on our parents, family members, close friends, teachers, professors, mentors, etc. to keep ourselves motivated when we are emotionally down. There are only a handful of us are able to withstand all the adversities that life throws at them and are still able to keep themselves in the game of life. While have in mind that it is ok to nurture ourselves with the love and support from those who care about us, the true sustainable motivation that can drive us to the pinnacle of our success in life comes from within. Today, we are going to take our first self-motivational pill – CREATE A VISION
Many of you have heard this, read this and some of you have even shared articles/posts on this on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. But, I can bet that only a handful of you are willing to actually create your own Vision of the Successful Life that you really want for yourself and do whatever it takes to realize it. Influential leaders like Steve Jobs, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bill Gates, Tony Fernandez, Jonathan Lu, etc. all have a vision for themselves and for the impact that they want to imprint on this planet long BEFORE they have done anything significant.
Here is an example about Jim Carrey’s story of creating a vision of his own that is taken from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles”.
While sitting there looking at the city below and dreaming of his future, he wrote himself a check for $10 million, dated it Thanksgiving 1995, added the notation “for acting services rendered,” and carried it in his wallet from that day forth.
The rest, as they say, is history. Carrey’s optimism and tenacity eventually paid off, and by 1995, after the huge box office success of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb & Dumber, his asking price had risen to $20 million per picture.
When Carrey’s father died in 1994, he placed the $10 million check into his father’s coffin as a tribute to the man who had both started and nurtured his dreams of being a star.
Even you might not want to be a movie star, but this applies to simply anything that you do. And, no matter what, it does not make sense for you to still live without a vision for your life. It’s like driving on a dirtroad at night without turning on your headlights. Just as Arnold Schwarzeneggar have said, “What you do is create a vision of who you want to be and live into that pictures as it were already a truth.” That’s pretty much the same formula for him to become the Mr. Olympia, Blockbuster movie star, and the California State Governor.
It is important that when you CREATE THIS VISION, it has to be something so BIG, HUGE and MOMENTOUS that you have no idea at all how you are going to get there. That does not matter. Commit first to this BIG VISION that you have created for yourself, then only you start figuring out how to get there. Before you have fully committed yourself to this VISION, nothing is going to happen. Because, most of us are bogged down by the unknown steps towards realizing our vision and do not take the necessary action to put us one step closer towards our vision. Do not worry about the How, just the What and the Why. The How will come as soon as you start taking ACTION!
Don’t wait. Take this your first pill now towards your definition of success!~
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