Gaining Motivation For Your Projects
Category : Motivation
There are many men and women through the course of history who has left their marks undeniable feats of courage and passion. They were highly motivated and dedicated who showed a lot of courage and determination to achieve what they set out to do in their lives.
Their deeds of courage and dedication have inspired countless generations who always looked up to them for inspiration.
But how did these great men and women inspire themselves to achieve these feats? At the end of the day they were just ordinary human beings much like us; so what is that made the difference between them and us and enabled them to achieve these extraordinary feats?
As Thomas Alva Edison the greatest inventor of the 20th century had once observed, genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Rightly so, motivation which is a key aspect of success, apart from hard work and patience, is something that comes from external factors.
Motivation is the next biggest factor for success in anything that you may do. It is what makes the difference between a man who is successful and one who is a failure in life. With almost all the great men and women that we may have read about in the pages of history there has been at least one incident which later inspired them to succeed. However motivation is different to inspiration. Motivation is something that is the result of external factors whereas inspiration is purely internal.
In an interesting story in the point is the life of Joe Girard, an American who is widely known as the greatest automobile seller the world over. He holds the record for selling the highest number of cars and trucks for period of 12 consecutive years when he was working for a Chevrolet dealer.
That record is yet to be broken. He also holds the distinction for being the only salesman ever to be featured in the Automobile Hall of fame.
Joe Girard lived a miserable life and always grew up always tormented by his father, who probably because of his own failure in life always made it a point to take it out on his younger son. He always told Girard that he will never be able to have success in life.
On the contrary his mother always inspired Joe and gave him confidence. Probably his parents contrasting behavior to him contributed to his tremendous success in later life. He took heart from his mother’s words and wanted to live up to her faith in him.
At the same time he wanted to prove his father that he was wrong about his younger son. Joe grew up in abject poverty and that determined him to start earning for his family at a tender age of Nine first as a shoeshine boy and then as a news carrier. His first success was when he brought home his earnings to his mother. Joe’s story is an inspiring tale of hard work, sheer determination and the urge to make it big in life.
But how does motivation work and makes some one stand out?
Well to state simply motivation is the desire to do something bigger and better by breaking the norms of the society and creating a path which is off the stereotype. People who are motivated are usually path breakers and they create their own rules in life and set their own destiny. They set out to do something bigger and better and thus in the process change all the rules and set new standards.
Take the example of Leonardo Da Vinci the Italian painter, sculptor, and multi faceted genius who is widely considered to be the most multi talented person ever in the history of man. Leonardo undoubtedly was a genius and was ahead of his time in terms of his knowledge, thinking and methodologies to unearth the mysteries that were unknown to man. He often employed methods which appeared strange and crude for his time to find out more about these mysteries. His insatiable thirst for knowledge and all things factual made him think that all the troubles that he is taking in are worth it.
Another great example in point is that of Soichiro Honda the founder of the Honda Motor Company. Soichiro was born to a blacksmith in Hamamatsu in Japan and apprenticed at his father’s bicycle repair workshop. He had no formal education in mechanics, metallurgy or engineering but his father’s inspiration and patronage in all things helped him to later in start one of the best motor companies in the world.
Loss of Motivation can cause an acute fall in the performance level. Sometimes when you are working too hard and trying for success too much you tend to lose motivation. Doing the same thing over and over can also create mental fatigue. Taking time off in such circumstance is best.
It helps bring back the level of motivation and interest to carry on working. This break will also serve you by allowing you to assess your work, the mistakes that you have been doing and what is needed to correct them.
This is almost like a pit-stop. When driving for a few laps you need to change your tire or need a quick refinement, the pit-stop allows you that refinements and repairs and also allows you those vital few seconds where you can take a breadth and return back to the track.
Different people of different approaches to bring the motivation back. Some people prefer taking a break and not thinking about work at all. they prefer to stay away from anything even remotely connected with work, they just need the time off to bring back the focus and the motivation that has been missing.
Overdoing something is never the right approach, no matter how much you like doing it. You are bound to get tired and lose interest in it. It is always advisable to take that vital time off to keep things fresh. Others like a few minutes all by themselves to gather their thoughts and focus back.