Could this little known secret be the key to your self-motivation

Could this little known secret be the key to your self-motivation

By Donovan Grant

If you were a walking, talking self-motivation machine what would your life look like? Just imagine, that anything and I mean anything was possible as long as you showed up and did the work!

Wouldn't that feel great! Well, what stops you from having it right now?

In your typical office environment you’ll meet lots of different people and can probably guess just by looking as to who is motivated at work and who isn't. The truth of course is that everyone is motivated in some way and each can show it in different ways.

Some people will tell you they are motivated by ‘external’ things like money, getting promoted and other rewards. Other people are energised by ‘internal’ things like having an interesting job, feeling useful or just working with nice people. The really are tons reasons why we do what we do.
What is it that gets you motivated to do your work?

If you look at most successful people around the world, you will see that they have a cause, a strong will to succeed and they have the belief that they will rise above and overcome any obstacles they come across. What this tells us is that you’ve got to be able to persuade yourself to keep moving forward.
So there is power in talking to yourself. Are you using this valuable power source to get motivated?

I hope you were nodding or saying yes because we all need reminding that within us we have the power be self-motivated to do any worthy challenge. But the first step of course is to sincerely believe that you can. The belief that you can, may be a major stumbling block, but once past it there will be no stopping you.

So how can you turn on your self-motivation switch?

You may have heard of or even use affirmations before, well this is not what we’re talking about here. 

A few professors have completed some research that will be very useful to you and me too. They conducted several experiments on hundreds of people and have shown that those who ask themselves to follow through on a task generally do better than those who tell themselves that they will.

University Professors Dolores Albarracin, Ibrahim Senay and Kenji Noguchi suggested that telling yourself "I Will" is less motivating than asking yourself "Will I".

Now I’m no scientist, but I do wonder if this is because the subconscious minds keeps working on a question until you come up with the answer; whereas when you just say something it doesn’t tend to linger around for as long or as deep. Maybe or maybe not. But I tell you what, this could this the type of breakthroughs that most of us need to crack the code to our goals.

Professor Abarracin explains this idea “by asking yourself a question, you are more likely to build your own motivation.”

Just imagine being able to work on your goal even while you are sleeping just because you asked yourself the right question. Are you ready for a breakthrough?

You’re only powerless, if you think you are. To build your motivation, improve your results and success rates you can start by asking yourself better questions. If you’ve tried affirmations like “I Will get back in shape”, “I will learn a new skill” and “I will go after that new job”  and found them not to work for you, maybe it’s time to ask yourself “Will I…”and let your secret power source work for you.

It’s time to claim your power now because your dreams, hopes and desires are worth it. The question is “will you?”

Let’s get motivated to become the leaders that we were born to be!

From my heart to yours


What do you think? Do you ask yourself if you can do something or do you tell yourself? Have you got a secret self-motivation tip? Share your comment below, we look forward to reading it.

The trio of Professors, Dolores Albarracin, Ibrahim Senay and Kenji Noguchi published its research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, in the April 2010 edition of the journal Psychological Science.

Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations.  He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at


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