Who motivates you? When you have no team leader or superior. At the end of a long day, when everybody went home (or logged off)… In an economic downturn when new business and customers are hard to come by… Who will it be?

You. Only you.

In all fairness, luckily, it’s not always just you. Some of us are blessed with the absolute best partners in this universe.

Still, for you to motivate yourself, you have to know exactly what motivates you. Once established, you have to know what provides you with the energy to start motivating yourself.

Be good to you.

i could never do that

Fifteen years ago, I was about to leave the country for work, without knowing when I’d be back. In the last week before my departure, I met up with a friend. He told me: “I could never do what you do. There are too many things for me here to leave behind”. I always assumed he didn’t mean to imply that I had very little to leave behind.

Muslims fasting for Ramadan often get asked: “so, not even water?” After confirmation that water is indeed excluded, the follow-up statement usually goes something like this. “Whoa, I could never do that.”

Of course, you could. You can leave everything behind, start all over, abstain from food and drinks during the day for a month. Overcome trauma. Heck, you might even be able to move a mountain.

Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, It’s also the cause of it — Mark Manson.

With enough intrinsic motivation, there is nothing we can’t do.