The Motivations of Success

There are many tools for achieving success, though they play different roles in the pursuit of success. One of the tools is motivation. Motivation is a very powerful tool in accomplishing a set goal. It is a precondition for achieving success. This is why every achievement is preceded by motivation. As a matter of fact, there can be no success in the absence of motivation. But what is motivation? What is the meaning of motivation?

Motivation can be defined as the enthusiasm for success. It is the stimulus to the pursuit of success. It is also the drive force for success within an individual. If you are not motivated you will lack motivation. The more motivated you are, all things being equal, the more likely you will succeed, for as long as you take actions. This is why it is very difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish any set in the absence of motivation.

The implication of this is that you cannot succeed in the absence of motivation since success is not accidental. Just as goal-setting precedes success, motivation precedes goal-setting. Hence, just as success cannot be achieved without goal-setting, goals cannot be set without motivation. The consequence of this is that success cannot be achieved without motivation. This is why motivation is a precondition for achieving success.

The term, motivation, has assumed a pride of place in scholarship in contemporary times, especially in management studies. Managers at all levels are becoming increasingly aware of the need to assist their employees to become more productive through motivation. Managers have realised that their organisations have very high probability of enjoying the optimum productivities of their employees if they are adequately motivated.

Motivation usually comes from within, though it can also be induced externally. However, since you are the best beneficiary of your success and the worst victim of your failure, you should not expect to be motivated by others before you strive for success. Success belongs to the self-motivated. If you expect to be motivated from external sources before you take the right steps in life, you may never succeed.

There are two basic motivations of success. They are the fear of failure and the pleasure of success. The shame, disgrace, embarrassment, dishonour, humiliation, pain and sadness of failure and the joy, pleasure, delight, bliss, ecstasy and happiness of success are the incentives for greater commitment in the pursuit of success. They are also the enthusiasms, incentives, inspirations and stimulations for the pursuit of success.

People who are afraid of failure always do everything within their strength to ensure that they escape it. This could be the benefit of fear. This shows that fear is not always negative, as many think. Observing the pleasure and happiness of success in the lives of successful people can also kindle the fire of passion for success. This is why ‘interacting with’ or observing and studying the lives of successful people could be very profitable.

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