By Keren Liew | Published on June 28, 2022


Self-Motivation. Another essential skill to acquire in order to facilitate self-leadership is self-motivation. However, have you ever wondered what is self-motivation and why is it important?

What is self-motivation?

Self-motivation is the drive that allows us to be productive, to develop, to achieve and keep us moving forward. Life is such a long journey – we study, we work, we pay the bills, you name it. No matter how different our backgrounds are or which life stage that we are in, sometimes we might get exhausted by our obligations or get fed up just from living life itself. Personally, I would say that it is the fuel which brings out the excitement in us to achieve our goals.


Why is self-motivation important?

Self-motivation is central in self-leadership as it is about having the force internally that pushes us to go on. It provides energy for us to conquer personal limits when we face hardships. Without self-motivation, we lack the inner power to go on – we might live day by day as it is in the absence of excitement towards life.   

Moreover, we should not depend solely on external factors –  words of encouragement, our significant others or even monetary achievements, to motivate ourselves. They might change over time and affect our motivation. Self-motivation serves as the purpose within us to keep going, and that is within our own control.  

Why do you want to get up in the morning? What are you going to do today? How are we going to do this? With self-motivation, we are able to answer these questions with enthusiasm and anticipation. We would get onto our feet to get things done because we look forward to facing whatever comes. It also allows us to view adversity as challenges instead of miseries as it grants us the passion to overcome any limitations we may face. 

There is more to learn about motivating the self and let’s not just stop where we are right now. 

Let’s read about more important skills for self-leadership in the next article “Dedication”.

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