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“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ― Thomas Jefferson


Self-motivation is, in its simplest form, the force that drives you to do things.

Motivation is what pushes us to achieve our goals, feel more fulfilled and improve our overall quality of life. But what are the pillars of real motivation?

  • The personal drive to achieve, and the desire to improve or to meet certain standards.
  • The commitment to personal or organizational goals.
  • Taking initiative, which is defined as ‘readiness to act on opportunities’.
  • And optimism, that is the ability to keep going and pursue goals in the face of setbacks.


Now how to make the best out of these skills?

  • First, set high but realistic goals, so you can see yourself making progress and measure your achievement step by step.
  • Take the right level of risk, so you won’t be going with sheer impulse, but also acting on the opportunities presented to you.
  • Seek constant feedback to work out how to improve. Feedback from objective others helps us evaluate things and revising mistakes, so always have someone close who’s ready to give you transparent feedback on your actions.
  • Stay committed to your personal or organizational goals, by fulfilling your duties without delays then going the ‘extra mile’ to achieve them and over deliver your results.
  • Actively seek out opportunities and seize them when they occur. And of course, stay ready in terms of skills and willingness to act at short notice.
  • Train yourself to deal with setbacks and continue to pursue goals despite obstacles. You can do that by handling setbacks as a learning experience and just another brick in the wall on your way up.

These tips might sound a bit too theoretical now; but I want you to follow through with me, as I will be elaborating on each one in coming motivational articles.

Zahra Awaz


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