Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Seven Rules of Motivation

I was going through the company codex at Spheric and came across this amazing set of rule posted by Dan. I don't think I've ever seen these before and as I read through them it was just WOW. Here are the 7 rules we have listed in our company for all the read and help push themselves forward.

#1 Set a major goal, but follow a path.
The path has mini goals that go in many directions. When you learn to succeed at mini goals, you will be motivated to challenge grand goals.

#2 Finish what you start.
A half finished project is of no use to anyone. Quitting is a habit. Develop the habit of finishing self-motivated projects.

#3 Socialize with others of similar interest.
Mutual support is motivating. We will develop the attitudes of our five best friends. If they are losers, we will be a looser. If they are winners, we will be a winner. To be a cowboy we must associate with cowboys.

#4 Learn how to learn.
Dependency on others for knowledge is a slow, time consuming processes. Man has the ability to learn without instructors. In fact, when we learn the art of self-education we will find, if not create, opportunity to find success beyond our wildest dreams.

#5 Harmonize natural talent with interest that motivates.
Natural talent creates motivation, motivation creates persistence and persistence gets the job done.

#6 Increase knowledge of subjects that inspires.
The more we know about a subject, the more we want to learn about it. A self-propelled upward spiral develops.

#7 Take risk.
Failure and bouncing back are elements of motivation. Failure is a learning tool. No one has ever succeeded at anything worthwhile without a string of failures.

Number 2 is a big one in my eyes and it's the one that motivates me the most. I'm big on not on just finishing what you start but also leading by example. If you are leading a team and all they know is you never finish what you set out to do, then what are they going to think. And how are you going to react to them when they don't finish a task.

How do you motivate yourself? What are your little kick in the pants tricks?

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2 comments:

karim said...

Good rules on Motivation.

Thanks,
karim - Positive thinking

Anonymous said...

Awesome Points, Foster