Which Type of Motivation Lasts — External or Internal?

We all experience many types of external motivation which looks nothing like a motivational pep talk. Actually, most of the motivation we receive is not obvious. We rely on friends, books, family, luck, achievements and social pressures to tell us what to do and to keep us doing it.

 One of our greatest daily motivators is the huge demand of daily living. This is what gets us up in the morning and propels us throughout the day. Most of us will admit that we feel we “have to,” “should,” “need to,” or are “supposed to” do most of what we do. Too much of that kind of motivation is called: stress. These external motivators are usually temporary. This motivation exists until the demands go away.

You can be your own motivator. You can take charge and put yourself into control. The definition of true motivation, the only kind that lasts and the only kind you can count on, is internal motivation.

Try to imagine having a coach who stayed with you, season after season and every day in between. Imagine not needing to wait for someone else to get you charged up and moving. Imagine being able to rely on yourself to always automatically and unconsciously energize your spirit, focus your attention and keep you in tune, on top, in touch and pushing towards your goals. Can you imagine never again needing someone else to prod or push you into activating your own best efforts?

Here’s your news flash: Your own internal coach is waiting to do just that. That coach is your best friend, your closest ally, your strongest believer. That coach will show you the best in yourself and help you achieve it. This same coach will give you direction, put purpose in your stride, strengthen your will and give you unquestionable belief. Most importantly, this coach is loyal to the end and never goes home.

You do not need to look far to find self-motivating resources. We are constantly being bombarded by truisms in social media that encourage us to maintain a good attitude, to look on the bright side, to stay positive and focused and to surround ourselves with like-minded people. We just need to feed on more positive input to retrain our thought patterns. It is never too late to change.

Your internal coach is your ultimate motivator who will never fail you – because it is you!



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Meet Carol Graham

Carol Graham has written 23 posts in this blog.

I am a wife, mother of two and grandmother of three. Family is of first importance, which includes many 4 legged members. Currently, I own and help operate two jewelry stores with my husband. My passion is being a health coach, which I have been doing for over 30 years. I survived cancer 40 years ago using alternative methods, which started me on the road to better health. Another great passion is public speaking. I am a motivational speaker that has much to share in the area of survival against all odds. I lived an intense life of outrageous traumatic events, always a fighter and a winner over cancer, rape, marital abuse, jail, loss of child, huge financial losses from fraud and greed of others. I strongly believe that laughter will get you through almost anything. I have just finished my memoir - Battered Hope - which was released this past summer. This fast paced memoir reads with all the elements of a good novel – character, conflict, suspense, and resolution. Follow my family through insurmountable hardships and witness the tenacity it takes for me to survive. It is a story of hope, perseverance, and faith.

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