Motivation – how to keep it this year…

Motivation isn’t something you can have permanently. It’s something you have to keep working at and a big part of this is believing in your own ability.

Creating success over and over again can be as simple as following the four areas of the success cycle.

  1. Belief

Your beliefs are a combination of your experiences and lessons since birth. They are a set of ideas about life that you hold true. Your beliefs affect your abilities. If you believe you’re no good at maths, then your potential for learning in that class drops. On the other hand, if you believe you’re good at maths, you’re likely to keep on improving. Sometimes, the difference between being good and not so good is simply a matter of what you believe.

  1. Action

In life, the actions you take depend on what your beliefs are. If you believe you will pass all your exams, you might take the extra classes offered at your school to ensure this success. When you take action, sooner or later you will get a result. Let’s say you are looking for a job in the newspaper. You come to the perfect job advert. The advert is describing you, your thoughts, talents, skills and personality. You know this is your job and the starting salary is $29,000—a great starting salary for your experience level. Your beliefs about yourself and what you perceive the employer wants will determine your action. Let’s say you apply. Now you are still looking in the paper and the next week come across the same advert. Again, as you read it, your excitement mounts, as you know they are describing you. The only change to the advert now is the salary is $450,000. Would you still apply? Your beliefs may surface now. “What do they want me to do?”, or “No-one is worth that much”, or “I’m not intelligent enough for that job”, or “That’s my job!” Your beliefs will determine your actions.

  1. Result

The results you get are feedback from your actions. You won’t always get the results you want because there are always challenges in life. If your results are not what you expected, check your actions. If you are getting the results you want, then you are making useful actions.

  1. Thought

Your thoughts are the key to achieving success. When you don’t get the results you are wanting, you can have two main types of thoughts. The thought of a victim or the

thought of a victor. Above or below the line of life (as described in the introduction). When things don’t work out as you would like, do you become a victim by pretending your results don’t matter? Or do you make excuses for why you haven’t achieved your goal? Do you blame other people such as your teachers, parents or the government? “It’s the Government’s fault I can’t find a job” is a real victim thought. Alternatively, to think like a victor is to think about taking ownership of the results and being accountable and responsible for changing your beliefs and actions to get a different result.

When successful people throughout the world get something wrong, or things don’t quite work out how they expect, they take responsibility for their results and correct their beliefs and actions until they reach the desired result or outcome. And the cycle continues.


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Published on Thursday, February 17th, 2022, under Success

Karen Tui Boyes is a champion for Life Long Learning across nations, industries and organisations. Winner of the NZ Educator of the Year 2017 and 2014 and the NZ Speaker of the Year award in 2013 & 2019, Karen is a sought after speaker who continually gets rave reviews from audiences around the world. Her dynamic style and highly informative content—which turns the latest educational research into easy-to-implement strategies and techniques — sets her apart from others in her field.

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