By Herbert Mtowo
How do you get yourself motivated to do the things you should do? How do you motivate yourself to do the things you want to do? Motivation is one of the most popular areas in the self-improvement field. Inspirational speakers are celebrated for their ability to make you feel wonderful. But if you are like me, that high wears off after a while. Then what do you do? Many of the motivational programs are “ten step formulas” or other recipe-like structures that make success sound simple and easy. The problem is that they are based on what worked for somebody else, but they don’t work for you! Otherwise, why are you reading this article? If motivational formulas were effective, there wouldn’t be so many books, seminars, and articles written about the subject.
Motivational programs are effective only when they align you with an inner wish that is aligned to what you want. The problem is, there is no formula for that! Take Biff Bifferson, such as. Biff made several million dollars in his widget marketing business. He has written every step he took, right down to the last detail. He’s really excited to teach you how to do it too, so he creates a seminar and explains everything you need to do to duplicate his success. But Biff is genuinely puzzled when only a few can do it, while the rest fail. Biff thinks that there is some magic in his action steps, not understanding that only when your personal creative process is aligned to those actions can you succeed. Biff doesn’t understand that he can’t teach you the personal alignment of thought and intent that lead to his success. He can only teach you the actions he took based on that personal alignment. This is the reason you have not yet had success. There are probably a few in the audience at Biff’s marketing seminar who think just like Biff; for them, his program will be easy because they are already aligned to it. But what about the others? They will fail; it’s as simple as that. It’s just common sense! No matter how good the program, if what you are trying to do doesn’t feel right to you, then you won’t do it. Either that or you will attempt to bull your way through and try to force it. But that’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole.
The same applies to self-improvement books and seminars. Eckhart Tolle found enlightenment, but how many people who have read his book have done so? How many who have read “Think and Grow Rich” have gotten rich? I have never read that book myself, but I know some mighty poor people who have. Like me, you have probably already tried many self-improvement or success programs, but they haven’t worked as well as you thought. They haven’t worked because there is a crucial element missing from all of them. This I have realized every motivational speaker and writer has a particular audience that which they appeal to. Not all of them really make an impact in your life; it’s just that you aren’t wired up to their words. But that doesn’t mean that they are not great speakers or writers. So you must know what your inner wish is and know what is your taste then you go for it and pursue it relentlessly.
That missing element is your personal alignment to it. And no one can teach you that! However, you can learn to teach yourself! That’s the exciting news. The fact is that no one can know what is going on in your head except you. Nobody knows your likes and dislikes better than you. So the solution is to yourself establish the state of being necessary for your personal success. Guess what? That’s what all personal coaches, mentors, motivational programs and inspirations speakers are doing! That’s the BIG SECRET to success! What good does it do to study Biff’s successful formula (or anyone else’s) if you are not aligned to it? The answer is, it doesn’t do you any good at all. That’s why people spend tons of money and time looking for that special program, book, or seminar that will connect with them.
Here are the keys to success:
Key #1: Find a desire that lights you up.
Key #2: Align your thoughts and actions toward that desire.
Number One is the most important key. Folks, if you don’t have that desire, that passion, forget it! You won’t be motivated enough to create something that people will want! Or have the interest to see your project through to completion with the drive, eagerness and energy it takes to launch it out into the world. The key to success in anything is doing it with passion and joy, for these emotions link you at the most fundamental level with every being on earth. Passion, joy, excitement and well-being are who you are! When you are excited about your project, others will be as well. It doesn’t matter what you are doing. It’s infectious, in a good way.
I have heard of a jazz musician year’s back. An old guy with a croaking voice and an out of tune guitar came on the stage and began to sing. This guy sounded terrible at first — he missed every note, didn’t play well, and his voice trembled. But the crowd of several thousand almost immediately shut up and began to listen. Know why? Because that cat put his heart and soul into that performance. And why was he able to do that? Because he had connected with his passion and brought it out for everyone to see. And it was awesome! You could have heard a pin drop during the 5 minutes the old guy was up on stage. That’s what passion and desire will do for you. It’s why successful people always say, “I love what I do!”
Key #1: Find a desire within you that lights you up.
Key #2: Align your thoughts and actions toward that desire.
Too simple for you? Do you need it more complicated than that? If you do, your road to success will be a longer and bumpier one. The first ingredient is the key. You have to find that desire within you that lights you up. Not someone else’s desire. If you look at successful people, even those like Mother Theresa who have dedicated their lives to others, you will find that their motivation comes from within. Even the most selfless person helps others because it feels good inside.
This isn’t selfishness; quite the contrary. All motivation comes from uncovering the desire that unlocks, for you, the creative energy of the universe. This is the energy that keeps the earth in orbit and the sun shining. It is the most powerful stuff in the universe. And it is who you are! All successful people have found that inner desire and have aligned their thoughts and actions toward it. That’s your job. Your job is to do these two simple steps. There isn’t any formula or recipe that can tell you how to do it. Bit now you at least have a plan. Now, when you talk to your mentor, you can direct him or her to lead you in the right direction.
There are probably a few in the audience at Biff’s marketing seminar who think just like Biff; for them, his program will be easy because they are already aligned to it. But what about the others? They will fail; it’s as simple as that. It’s just common sense! No matter how good the program, if what you are trying to do doesn’t feel right to you, then you won’t do it. Either that or you will attempt to bull your way through and try to force it. But that’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole.