“Don’t let the opinions of others define you. Don’t let the doubts of others confine you. You can be so much more even you suppose.” – Michael Josephson
Motivation is what gets you started but habit is what keeps you going. Be not in competition with anyone else. Run your own race, just aim to improve, to become a better person then you were and that will give you satisfaction.
There are two types of motivation. Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation exists within an individual and is driven from within. This motivation is about pursuing YOUR own interests, enjoyment, satisfaction, purpose, deep and meaningful relationships, personal growth, contribution to human kind, and so on and so forth. This primary motivation leads to happiness, peace of mind and self-fulfilment. This ultimately leads to authenticity which means to be the author of your own life, to craft your own story.
Extrinsic motivation comes from the outside of an individual. This motivation is driven by Fame, Wealth, Hotness (being Cool), Compliance, Ego, Living other people’s opinions and expectations and trying to impress the world. Sadly, this is what the world has sold us to believe to be a major standard of success. All kinds of media platforms are continually bombarding us with this wrong message, selling us things we don’t need. We have been socialised to conform. You often hear people say, “I would love to do that, but I am scared of what people will say, they would laugh at me.” This is how we have been conditioned. To think and behave like everybody else which is a major cause of dissatisfaction and a feeling of being unworthy.
The major question you should be asking yourself from now on is whether you are doing what you are doing right now because you want to create an impression of being cool (wrong image) to others or to be the best human being you can be. So many of us are so deep in debt (financially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically) because we are living a lie.
For me, the essence of life is to EXPRESS my talents and gifts and not IMPRESS others and PROVE myself to the world. You are special and unique, never ever doubt your abilities, you are God’s special assignment.