Self direction, discipline and ongoing achievement motivation...How do you get it? And, how do you stay consistent and keep it?
The Wake Up Eager Habit: Re-Calibrate Daily includes three focus areas: Managing My Mind, Managing My Body and Managing My Spirit, and includes a free online quiz to help you assess how you're doing in each of these three Re-Calibrate Areas.
This Managing My Mind Area (increasing your internal levels of self-direction and achievement motivation) is important to your Wake Up Eager Life because it helps you build a stronger:
"Faraway there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them,
but I can look and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them." Louisa May Alcott
If someone has strong self direction and achievement motivation they confidently agree with the four statements below. (These are the four Managing My Mind Items on the free Re-Calibrate Daily Quiz.)
If you're not able to strongly agree with any one of the statements, just click on the link and you go right to a Resource Article about that Item.
To me, in this clip, Michael Jordan seems to be reminding us that success is not as easy as it looks. He indicates that the results we've all seen on The Court were ALL a result of the millions of times he practiced at the free-throw line and his willingness to 'stick-to-it' and work hard at it every day.
He made it look easy. But it wasn't. Yea, he had natural talent, but he worked on it, daily. Creating this kind of strong and focused self-discipline, self-direction and achievement motivation starts with Managing Your Mind, by recalibrating and improving your focus, every day!
"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come."
Most of us experience 'on days' and 'off days' around our levels of energy, hope and focus, based upon whatever challenges the day brings us and whatever we've been focusing upon.
We all want to have all the drive and focus that we need, but we don't always have it! I've seen many bright, talented, capable people struggle at times with self-discipline and motivation.
I believe that it's powerful to know: that you can build more achievement motivation, self-direction and drive, and that 'it' comes and goes, for almost everyone. If you pay attention when your drive has dropped, you can take MENTAL and THOUGHT actions to improve it. (You're never forever-stuck with your drive in the "off" position).
If you rated yourself low (your 'switch is off' right now) on the Four Statements for the Managing My Mind Area you may be noticing that you have:
trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody
has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a
wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." Michael Jordan
And, you know you've strengthened your levels of self-direction and achievement motivation (your 'switch is back in the on position' ) when:
Awareness of where you are today, and understanding that this area can be strengthened, are important to build more motivation and focus.
"I'm not out there sweating for three hours every day
just to find out what it feels like to sweat." Michael Jordan