The life of a man is predicated on the richness of motivation he has imputed in his being; motivation appears to be an anchor of deeds and action. Motivation is however an emotional intelligence in humans, responsible for successive output, hence it precedes the actions of man and serves like a syllabus to reflect upon to prevent deviation from an on-course.

Most importantly it can be spelt out as an “unquenchable human will” that vitalizes the deeds of a person. Self-motivation is however not age bound but dependent on emotional maturity and stability of a person. Motivation is inculcated in human from infancy as a learning process; every action of a person is triggered by the will of man. A philosopher once said, “the mind of a child is like a tabula raza (a blank state); from the point of birth, the mind of a child is simply empty since it has not undergo any form of action. An infant only possesses “will” that function as a reflex action which is not learned but happens by instincts. This is exemplified in breast-feeding- the kid has never learnt that the response to feeding is through mouth but by reflex action he begins to feed through mouth. As he grows daily, his ‘will’ is strengthened to force out the breast, so his struggle is a product of his ‘will’ to feed. Apparently, everything seen by a child is stored in the empty mind (tabula raza), things stored in the mind are prone to demonstration by the child. So, the self-motivation in a child is the product of his ‘will’ to carry out specific task.

Self-motivation is the drive that ignites the ‘will’ of a person towards achieving specific goals and desires. Factors that influence self-motivation include interest, commitment, initiative & optimism. In dealing with or solving problems, motivation works in the direction of personal interest and desires. It is a key factor for a successful output, what you indulge in must interest you; it ensures commitment is put into action. Another thing that self-motivation does is to create the readiness to act on every available opportunities, solve problems of keen interest, and develop the emotional stability which arises as confidence to never relent in the midst of obstacles and setbacks.

A wise man once said “whoever wants the song of his dream in the mouth of others will first have to tell about it”


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