Word of the Day: Motivation

Let’s start by defining and understanding the nature of motivation:
mo·ti·va·tion
ˌmōdəˈvāSH(ə)n/
Noun. The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
synonyms: motive, motivating force, incentive, stimulus, stimulation, inspiration, inducement, incitement, spur, reason;
the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

Lately, seen an increase in the amount of many life coaches, motivational speakers, and life architects.

“A motivational speaker or inspirational speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience.”

I have been to a few conferences and I have been in touch with some motivational speakers which without a doubt are wonderful people. They are above all people with charisma and a compassionate personality, they are people with a story to tell, and never afraid of telling it. But I have never been too keen on motivational speech nor keen on motivational books, and don’t take me wrong, I LOVE reading, I just don’t seem to click with these type of books. To me all the tools to be successful lay within ourselves, and I have been “blessed” (not keen on the overuse of that words nowadays either) with the inner capacity to harvest my own motivation without the need of a boost from external forces. Therefore, I am fascinated by the underlying psychological and social reasons that explain why humanity finds these tools (books and speeches previously mentioned) so powerful. But which reasons are those? does it take a certain type of personality? or perhaps it has to do with confidence and culture? Does it take a certain type of upbringing?

It makes me wonder if there is perhaps a personality trait that makes me find both motivational speeches and self-help books unnecessary? In Latin America, everyone likes author Paulo Cohelo. Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. The Alchemist, his most famous novel, has been translated into 80 languages. He is well known for his motivational and inspirational novels/stories… I have read two of his books the first one when I was around 18 years old, and I didn’t like it. The second one as a young adult about 10 years later and I still don’t like him. Simply not my cup of tea.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Cohelo.

I find motivation in every morning that I wake up to, rain or shine. I find it in the walks I take through the parks and forests among the greenery and the soft yet vibrant colors of the earth. I find it in meeting people and learning their stories of life and survival. I find it easy, and perhaps that is my human “super power”. We often get caught up in the routine, and we forget about the brilliant colors that surround us. Perhaps we grow up and we forget about the simplicity of life and we get lost in bills and sorrows… we forget to live plentifully, and in that we lose our motivation?

Recently someone asked me “what do I expect from a business community? is it motivation or knowledge that you seek?” To me, the answer is always knowledge. Give me knowledge, educate me, teach me how to do things and that itself will keep me going forward. But for other people the daily “You can do this!” is needed in order to drive toward their goals. And you know what? both perspectives are OK, but just keep in mind that not everyone needs a motivational boost every day. Also as business owners, as managers, as heads of the family is is important we know out staff, our customers, our friends, and family. Know what makes each one of them grow and flourish. Knowing the people near us gives us the power to empower, and that my friends, that is motivation by itself.

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