There are often times when you will look to others to help provide you with the motivation you might need to accomplish something. With that said, it is also necessary to be able to find that motivation within yourself. There isn’t always going to be someone or something that you can count on to motivate you. Self-motivation is important because it drives you to take the necessary actions to better yourself in all aspects of life. When you are self-motivated you:
- are persistent and committed
- take initiative
- have a desire to achieve self-fulfillment
- are invested in the results
- take more risks
- have an eagerness to learn
- achieve success by yourself
These seven reasons are discussed in more detail throughout this article to help answer the question: why is self-motivation important?
1. You Are Persistent And Committed
To achieve anything of importance in life it takes commitment and persistence. Your ability to stay committed to the task you are working on and persistent when things aren’t working out as intended starts with your self-motivation.
When you are self-motivated, you are performing some action because you recognize it is in your best interest to do so. That action you are completing will somehow help you further down the line.
For instance, the action might play a role as you work towards accomplishing a goal, such as a promotion at work or a new customer in your business.
Furthermore, those who lack self-motivation don’t have the persistence to keep working hard as they attempt to accomplish their goals.
Instead, they are quick to procrastinate or give up when things aren’t going according to plan or when it takes longer than anticipated to get results.
2. You Take Initiative To Go After What You Want
If you want something, you need to go after it. Those who are self-motivated know what they want to achieve and have the mindset to go out and achieve it.
When you lack self-motivation, you aren’t in complete control of how your life will play out.
Sure, there are always factors that are out of your control, but without the self-motivation to chase after what you want, you let others make decisions for you. You don’t necessarily let others decide what you should do, but your lack of initiative will determine your outcome.
Without telling your boss you deserve more responsibility or to be better compensated for the work you do, you will never receive that promotion or that raise.
When you don’t take the initiative to go to networking events in college or university, you won’t expand your connections or better your chances of landing that dream job after graduation.
Without creating goals and consistently working towards achieving them, you will never accomplish what you are capable of.
When you are self-motivated, you know what you want and you are always working with a purpose or end goal in mind. You are willing to take the initiative and have the confidence to put yourself outside your comfort zone in an effort to better yourself and keep pushing for more.
3. You Have A Desire To Achieve Self-Fulfillment
When you are self-motivated, you also have a tendency to be more fulfilled. You are motivated to go out and find happiness, fulfillment and do the things that bring you joy.
Depending on your own definition of fulfillment, being motivated to go and achieve it could mean a number of different things. Some examples could include:
- catching up with your parents and other family members
- making it a priority to see your friends on a regular basis
- exercising frequently because it helps you feel good and makes you more confident
- taking the time to practice your favorite hobby
- joining a team so you can play a sport you have always enjoyed
- working hard in your job because you are passionate about it and find fulfillment in it
- playing with your kids and helping them achieve their goals
- practicing your spiritual or religious beliefs
Everyone has a desire to live a fulfilled life, but those who are self-motivated go out and find it. They take the time, and make the time, to do the things that provide them with happiness and joy.
4. You Are Personally Invested In The Results
When you are self-motivated, you are personally invested in the results.
You are doing something because of your own will or desire, not because someone else is forcing you. The results of whatever it is that you are working to achieve, good or bad, will have a direct effect on you.
When you are personally invested, you tend to work a little longer and fight a little harder to accomplish what you are working towards. You care about the end result.
If you are motivated by someone else’s priorities or ambitions, you are not as invested. You might put the time and effort in, but you aren’t as passionate about what you are doing.
For instance, you might have a passion for photography and want to pursue it as a career. However, your parents are both lawyers and are pushing you to follow in their footsteps.
If you end up going to law school, you might work hard to do well, but you won’t be personally invested, or fulfilled. Alternatively, if you were to pursue photography as a career, you are personally invested in the results.
You are self-motivated to do whatever it takes to successfully start your own photography business.
When you are self-motivated to take on a new adventure, be it a hobby or profession, you are personally invested in the results of what you are working on. You are much more likely to succeed because of it.
5. You Take More Risks
Being self-motivated is important because it will allow you to have the confidence to take a risk. Many people live their life with as few risks as possible. For most, the fear of failure greatly outways the potential benefits that the risk might bring.
Without stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking a risk, you never know what you might be missing.
Just around the corner could be your new favorite hobby, your future spouse, a new business opportunity, or a life-altering travel experience. However, without taking a risk, you will never get to experience, accomplish, or witness these possibilities that you have not yet discovered in life.
This is not the case for those who are self-motivated.
You are more willing to take a risk when you are self-motivated because you know you will see the task through. You know you will put in the required amount of effort to get the result you are looking for.
Instead of giving up when you are discouraged from the lack of results, you keep pushing through.
At the end of all risks, there are two possible outcomes: a learning experience or a reward. The reward is what everyone strives for, but a learning experience will better prepare you to get the reward next time around.
6. You Have An Eagerness To Learn
Those who are self-motivated have an eagerness to learn and progress. They are constantly pushing to improve themselves in various aspects of their life, never settling when they reach a goal or a milestone. But instead, looking forward to what can be achieved next.
Those who have a curiosity about life, want to learn and understand why things are the way they are.
A lot of individuals rely on or require external factors and influencers to help them remain motivated. Influencers could be bosses, parents, spouses, or colleagues.
While you can’t be excited about everything in life, those who are self-motivated typically have a better understanding of the big picture. They recognize that their self-motivation towards completing dull or unexciting tasks will help them advance.
7. You Achieve Success On Your Own Merit
While achieving success in any capacity is important, achieving it on your own merit is something to be proud of.
Sure, you can always credit others for helping you in some capacity. But when it is you who got the ball rolling, and it was you who put in the effort when no one else was watching, the success is a lot more rewarding.
You first took the initiative to take on the challenge, you took the risk of potentially failing, and you were committed and persistent with your hard work throughout the process, even when results were initially lacking.
As you were reading the above paragraph, did a recent achievement come to mind for you? Something where the accomplishment was a direct result of your actions and self-motivation?
It is a great feeling to look back on something you have accomplished and realize that accomplishment was a direct result of you having the self-motivation to make it happen. The feeling comes from recognizing that in the end, all the hard work you put in paid off.
The realization that there are 86,400 seconds each day. What are you doing today, so that tomorrow you are a step closer to where you want to be? If not now, then when?
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