What is motivation? It is that which provides the inner urge to action. We can motivate our self, and we can motivate others. Achievers are successful because they have an inner drive for excellence.

Our attitude is an emotion, and we use emotions to send messages. If something does not appeal to us, we let people around us know that we find it is boring or difficult. When we do so we get rid of the enthusiasm which is part of an emotion. Whenever we feel or act in a certain way, we do it because we perceive that there is some benefit in that behaviour.

You might not consciously be aware of it. Many students, for example, wait around for the attitude to change. However, it is very difficult to change attitude. It is much easier to change what you think and do and then let the emotions join in.

How do we produce enthusiasm when it is not there? Just think about a time when you were very enthusiastic. You may need to pull your shoulders back or sit straight and lift your head. You may find it is very unnatural for a while, but if you do this little exercise, you mentally send messages to the brain which match the actions. Gradually your enthusiasm will become real.

Think about being at the beach and you know the water is very cold. You may feel reluctant to go for a swim. You run up and down the beach and psyche yourself up. Finally you dive in with a big splash and are very pleased with yourself. All your negative feelings about the cold water have gone. If you had waited around until your attitude about the cold water would change, you might still be waiting on the beach for your swim.

Do remember, that the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between a good act and what is real. Actors are great at generating tears or laughter by acting it and believe it is real. They are so good at it that it sometimes is difficult for them to decide what is real and what is an act. In psychology it is well known that attitude decides the behaviour, and also that behaviour decides the attitude.

Several people have told me that they were not motivated to study or to work on the taxation papers. When they at last got around to do it, they felt so good about having done it that they could not believe they had waited that long, – and suffered so much because of their attitude toward the task.

I once heard a person say, “Waiting is the illness of those who do not live.” When you are constantly thinking about what you should be doing later, you cannot concentrate on what you are doing now, so make a list, give it numbers in accordance with importance and do COMPLETELY finish the tasks one by one. Enjoy the tick you give each job you have finished.

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