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July 15, 2024 - July 15, 2024   

Are you Motivated? Asks Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston…

motivationA fact that I have heard quoted is, “that only 20% of people are pleased to get up in the morning to go to a job that they actually WANT to do”. So, 80% are not motivated when they go to work every day, but the job pays the mortgage and provides a lifestyle for those people.

According to Wikipedia, Motivation is the desire to do things.

So let’s take a close look at Motivation from the perspective of when it’s personal, from a work situation, at school or when working in a team.

Personally, I am highly motivated because I am following my passion of helping other people to reach their true potential. What would you say if you had to complete the sentence, “I am motivated because…? Or maybe you’d prefer to complete the sentence, “I am not motivated because…?

How many young people do you know who are not motivated during that time just before exams? They know that they should be studying but they are not motivated to do it. Why? Because they would prefer to be going out with friends, or listening to their music, or doing other things. This is where Intrinsic Motivation needs to play its part.  Students will be intrinsically motivated if they attribute their educational results to internal factors that they can control (e.g. the amount of effort they put in), if they are interested in mastering a topic or if they believe that they can be effective agents in reaching desired goals (it’s not luck).

With the Olympics in London in 2012, there were a lot of individuals who were highly intrinsically motivated. There were also a number who were extrinsically motivated. This motivation came from the outside, e.g. money, competition, etc. On August 14th 2012 I was fortunate enough to live close to where the London 2012 road race test event was taking place. I’m sure that Mark Cavendish, the British rider & eventual winner, had extrinsic motivation from the British crowd cheering on his every move.

For those studying, the extrinsic motivation will be the grades, coercion and, dare I say it, the threat of something.

As I’m sure I’ve said it before, my one liner is “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”, and therefore each and every one of you will choose intrinsic or extrinsic or both motivators when there is something that you want to move forward with in your life?

As I drive around Outer London, I am seeing a number of new buildings going up much quicker than I thought they would be built. My belief is that the companies who have won the contracts to do the building are highly motivated to complete by certain dates with possible bonuses on offer. However, this motivation could also come at a cost of a number of snagging problems.

With the English soccer season nearing the end for this year, motivation to do well should have been running throughout the club, from the Chairman to the Manager, his coaching staff and, of course the players.  However, I am sure that within each club, there will be some who are highly motivated right through to some who need to be motivated. For the latter, there will be some Managers who are excellent at motivating their players, and know just what to say, and who to say it to, while there are other Managers who struggle with this skill.

If you are working through an apprenticeship, it is imperative that you are motivated. You have an opportunity that lots of others do not get in their lifetime. Get motivated NOW, and who knows what the future has in store for you?

In my view, there is more to life if you are motivated than if you are not. For those of you who do not feel motivated, simply ask yourself what you might be missing out on by not being motivated. Then, get motivated to go and do something about it. 

If you would like to know more about positive life and business skills, then feel free to email me at eric@coachandcourses.com

By Eric Gilston



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