Hi from Lee,
I want to share a secret with you: Learning the art of self-motivation has been one of the most powerful and rewarding gifts I’ve given myself. If you really want to achieve the success you desire you must understand this truth: all motivation comes from within. In fact, the difference between an ordinary person and an extraordinary person is their degree of motivation.
One of the first steps toward developing self-motivation is to create desire. In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill said, “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.”
Think about it. In order to use your life energy in the most effective way you must tap into your deepest motivation, which is your desires.
When your desire strengthens, your motivation increases ten-fold. Your desires are a critical factor in what you accomplish in life.
I truly believe from my own experience that it’s never your mistakes that eat you alive — it’s the missed opportunities. Mistakes are simply chances to try again, but missed opportunities are lost forever and remain to haunt you.
Life is too short to not look honestly at yourself and ask, “What do I want? What desires do I have that I have not yet fulfilled?” What can I do today to really live my life, not just exist?
You need to listen to the inner you, reawaken your deepest desires and begin to take specific action toward fulfilling them — no matter how long it takes. Remember, destiny is not a matter of chance — it’s a matter of choice. Your power to be successful starts with the desire to use your talents, skills and abilities in ways that make you happy. I love the old saying “Success is not a still picture, it’s a moving picture.” It says to me that success is the way you live your life, it’s what you do everyday that counts.
Another important key to developing a strong sense of self-motivation is to examine your beliefs — both about yourself and about what is possible. Belief in yourself is the starting point for all achievement. It takes a lot of courage to dare to make your dreams come true, and belief in yourself is the one basic, absolutely essential ingredient for anyone who wants to begin. What’s more, it’s the powerful driving force behind all great success. You choose what you will believe everyday — both about yourself and what you can accomplish — and this simple analysis determines who you are and who you will become more than any other factor.
You see, there is nothing mystical or magical about the power of belief. It simply works; when you have the can-do attitude, it gives the brain the power, skill, and energy needed to accomplish whatever challenge you give it. The “how-to-do-it” always comes to the person who believes “they-can-do-it.” Once again, it’s simply the power of belief. Strong beliefs trigger the mind to figure out the details of how to succeed. And without the driving force of belief in yourself, you won’t have the courage, interest, or enthusiasm to keep going when times get rough.
In the words of the famous Irish poet, George Russell, “We become what we contemplate.” We are self-fulfilling prophecies. It doesn’t matter if your beliefs are true or false, your beliefs eventually become facts. Whatever beliefs you have formed about yourself, are exactly what you will act on. For example, when you have the attitude, “I’ll give this project a try but I don’t think it will work,” you’ve failed before you’ve begun! When your mind doubts your ability, it begins to attract events to support the belief that you’re not capable of succeeding; and then you fail, it’s that simple.
It may help you to think of it this way. Your beliefs systems are like a thermostat; they regulate what you accomplish in life. When you don’t believe you’re worth much, you don’t ask for much. When you think you’re unable to do great things, you won’t try to achieve great things. If you think you’re stuck, you become stuck because you don’t believe you have the power to change your circumstances for the better. You must have a strong, firm belief in yourself first, or your desires will never have a chance to manifest.
You can start today to appreciate yourself and be the master of your own destiny by being willing to believe in your own unique abilities. There is an old proverb, “If there is no wind, row!” It is very empowering to realize that by choosing our beliefs about our circumstances, we can powerfully affect the outcome.
Love and Light,
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