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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar

“The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree said he would praise himself if no one else did.” ~Nigerian Proverb

It does not matter what people say to you, or what your situation is right now, what matters is your personal resolution to keep yourself motivated. Motivation is the drive that keeps you going in life. An unmotivated man, is an uncelebrated man. Motivation indeed leads to celebration. Even if no one celebrates you, you can at least celebrate yourself. Many things will come around you to keep you down and out. Life itself is a battle and everyone who wants to come out victorious must have various means of staying motivated. It is a personal decision one has to make. You just have to find a way of always getting back your groove/fire when all odds are against you. Always have a means of conditioning your environment in your favour.

If you leave your motivation in the hands of others, you will definitely be disappointed because those you are hoping on, might be in such a situation that they also need to be motivated themselves. Your life might get to the position where many will give up on you. Even if others give up on you never you give up on yourself. They might consider your case as hopeless and rank you among the plebs but what you say and see about yourself is what maters most. It is the deciding factor that will turn things around in your favour.

Men may despise you and even deliberately decide not to see your worth. Some might even boldly confront you and tell you to your face that you are ‘good for nothing’ and that your life will not amount to anything reasonable in life. It does not matter if men cannot see your worth, what matters is what you can see and what you say to yourself. The quality of your life’s achievements depends greatly on the quality of your motivation. What are you saying to yourself? What do you see for yourself? Where do you see yourself? What is your self image? These greatly determine the trajectory of your life.


There is no guarantee that life will go as planned/expected. There will be many unexpected detours on your journey to destiny fulfillment. This is where self motivation comes up. It is all about devising means and having ready channels available to keep your motivation on fire so you can arrive safely at your destination.
Some of the ways you can be self motivated are:

1. Always Talk To Yourself:

When you get discouraged, talk to yourself. Always find time to be alone. Just you alone with all the distractions shut down. This can be regarded as a time to meditate and refresh yourself. Meditation generates motivation. It is a time of productive thinking and positive reflection. When your mind tries to wander away from the original path, re-address it to its normal position with the words of your mouth because your words are very important. They carry the power of life and death. Make statements like, “I refuse to be discouraged”, “failure is not an option”, “I refuse to give up”, “there must be a way out.” These words have a way of rekindling the fire on the inside of you.

2. Condition Your Environment:

Always make it your responsibility to condition your environment. Your environment consist of what you see and hear. The things around you have a way affecting your mind and just in case you don’t know, your mind is your greatest asset on earth. The power of anyone lies in the mind. Your environment not only determines your mindset, it also has a way of conditioning it. What you see and hear continually have a way of playing out in your life. Determine to consciously “edit” your environment. I call it “environmental editing.” This has to do with deliberately selecting the things you watch and hear. It involves deleting things that do not add any value to your life. By selecting the right music, messages, and movies (3Ms), you can move your life from where it is to where it ought to be. These 3Ms, if rightly selected, can keep you always motivated.

3. Have Someone Who Can Readily Keep You Motivated:

You should have at least someone around you that can always get you motivated whenever you are down. Life has no guarantee of always keeping you in a motivated state. Two good heads are always better than one. You need someone you can always empty the burdens of your heart to. That person can be a member of your family, friend, mentor, your spiritual leader/father……. This must be someone that understands you and can readily afford you a fraction of their time. They must be those who are willing to listen to you and offer you a helping hand when needed. These are life givers and not life drainers. An Igbo Proverb says, “If a goat feels itchy, he rubs his back against a tree; if a human being feels itchy, his fellow human being scratches him.” The value of helpful people cannot be over emphasized. They are the ones you can always run to in times of adversity and austerity. They always give you reasons to keep moving forward. In short, they must be those who always keep you MOTIVATED!!!

Chukwuma Amaechi
Chukwuma Amaechihttp://evergreennewsonline.com
A Certified Senior Editor/Creative Writer @Evergreennewsonline Media, Graphic Designer, Chemical Engineer, & a Radical Entrepreneur



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