Self Motivation & Positive Attitude

Be on Fire

How to Develop Motivation?

The best kind of motivation is when you are fired up from within. When you feel in charge of your own destiny. Here are some ways to start motivating yourself right away:

Act now, and get the mood later

Get started. Do what has to be done. Most people think they need to wait for the right mood before they act. But here’s a secret: start moving and motivation will follow. Motivation lies hidden in action. A completed task is fulfilling and energizing; an incomplete job drains energy like a drip from a tank. Each job, however small, will provide further motivation.

People who procrastinate typically hide behind high-sounding words such as “I’m analysing”. Six months later they are still “analysing”.

In fact they are suffering from a disease called “Paralysis of Analysis”. There is another type of people who delay by saying “I am getting ready” and few days later they are still getting ready. Such type of people is actually suffering from a disease called “Excusitis”. If you wait for all lights to turn green before you leave your house, you’ll never leave your house.

The saddest words in life are: “It might have been…” “I should have…” “I wish I had…”

Failures are of two kinds

  1. Those who did and never thought, and
  2. Those who thought and never did

How to Develop Motivation?

Difference between the best and the worst team in any sporting event?

You’ll find that there is, in fact, very little difference in their physique, talent and ability. The big difference is the emotional difference. The desire to succeed.

To a winner,

  • The greater the incentive, the more motivated he is.
  • The better the performance, the sweeter the victory.


We become what we repetitively think about.


Most athletes’ best performance comes when the odds are slightly against them. A burning desire to succeed is a huge driving force. When you have the desire to prove that you can do it despite all odds—you usually can. Wilma was born into a poor home in Tennessee. As a child she was paralysed with polio and had to wear a brace. The doctor said that she would never be able to place her foot on the ground. But her mother encouraged her. She told her that with persistence and faith she could do anything she wanted. Wilma said, “I want to be the fastest woman on the track on this earth.”

At nine, she took off the brace and took the first step the doctors had said she never would. At 13, she entered her first race and came last. At 15, she told a coach Ed Temple: “I want to be the fastest woman on the track on this earth. Temple said, “With your confidence and motivation, no one can stop you.”

A day came when she was at the Olympics and matched against the invincible, never-beaten Jutta Heine. In the first 100 meter race, Wilma beat Jutta and won her first gold medal. In the second 200 meter race, she won again. In the third, a relay race, Wilma dropped the baton, but just in time picked it up again, ran like the wind and beat Jutta a third time, winning her third gold medal. And creating history. A paralytic woman became the fastest woman on this earth at the 1960 Olympics.“What changed Wilma from a paralytic woman to the fastest woman of the 1960 Olympics?”

• With your spirit, no one can beat you
• Desire is what made Wilma the fastest woman at the 1960 Olympics


Once you’ve fired desire, you must believe that it will happen. This is a leap of faith. How you think has a profound effect on your performance. What if you could actually listen to your thoughts? Are they positive or negative? Are you programming your mind for success or failure?


Stop and note down your thoughts for the rest of the day. Are they positive or negative. Begin by what you’re thinking now.

The good news is: If you have so far programmed your mind to work against you, you can also now programme your mind to work for you.

Remember: Whatever you focus on, expands

Power of Auto Suggestion

The subconscious can work for us or against us. If we are not successful, we may need to program the subconscious. One important tool that athletes have used for a long time is auto-suggestion. These are simply positive statements made in the present tense and repeated regularly. The mind is very powerful. If we repeat negative auto suggestions, our subconscious believes them and turns them into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If your mind is constantly going: I am tired. I’ll never be good in sports, I don’t have a good memory, exactly that will manifest in your life.

It works the other way too: Repeat positive suggestions in the present as if they were true. When a person repeats a belief long enough, it sinks into the subconscious and becomes a reality. Positive auto suggestions are now widely used in sport and medicine. Any picture that we keep in mind for a long time, it generally becomes a reality. We are what we repeatedly think about.

Action Plan – Power of Auto Suggestion

  • Make a list of auto suggestions in the present tense.
  • Repeat at least twice a day: first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
  • Repeat for 21 days.
  • Add visualization. Imagine yourself reaching your goal. See it in your mind, hear the applause, feel what you would feel. Make it real. You will not know how well this works till you do it.