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Personal Motivation & Professional Relevance, Part 1

March 31, 2015

SDS presentation-creationMost humans develop their initial thoughts and feelings about life from external sources of learning, influence and motivation.   These sources usually include parents, peers and personal heroes.  At some point one begins to make up his or her own mind about what to believe in regards to society, the work world and self.  This article examines external influences, personal motivation and professional relevance and suggests ways the leader can take more deliberate control over his or her development and results.

External Influences – For Better or Worse

Perhaps you were told certain positive things about yourself at a young age because you showed an interest, inclination or basic ability in a certain area such as math, science, sports or music.  Or perhaps everyone commented on how humorous you were or good with people.  As a result you enthusiastically developed along these lines and gained greater skill, accomplishment and perhaps recognition.  The field in which you work today may be a direct result of the encouragement you received from others at a young age based on their perceptions of your abilities.

Unfortunately, if you are like most people, you also were led to believe certain things about yourself that were less than favorable or downright negative.  Apart from loved ones you were also subjected to outsiders who made up their mind about you for better or worse. Some, through mis-perceptions, jealousy or lack of understanding, gave you false or negative messages about your self.  Today this baggage takes a toll on your self-image and esteem, not to mention your performance and achievement.  What others once said about you, for better or worse is what you’ve now come to say about yourself as true.

Internal Motivation & Self Coaching

To benefit the most from this article, write down ten statements that you regularly make about yourself.  Write down five enabling, positive and uplifting statements and five things you say that are limiting, negative or discouraging.

Look at all of the good statements you hold to be true.  Look at the negatives you also hold as true.  Identify the negatives that don’t have to be true any longer and positively rephrase them in ways that work to your advantage.  Examples are cited under Attitude in the next section of this article.

Beginning with the right words, you can trigger positive emotions that evoke new internal pictures of the “better you.”  It takes commitment, practice, good instructions and a present tense focus, but you can talk your self into new ways of being, doing and having.


The Art, Science and History of Self Programming

Self programming is not new, but the art and science continues to develop.  Generally ideas about self programming revolve around the three key elements of verbalization, emotionalization and visualization.   Some key names and noted writings on the subject from the past 100 years include:

  • Émile Coué – Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion
  • Shad Helmstetter – What to Say When You Talk to Yourself
  • Shakti Gawain – Creative Visualization
  • Bob Proctor – You Were Born Rich

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Resources & Recommended Reading

  •  Émile Coué – Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion (1922)
  • Shad Helmstetter – What to Say When You Talk to Yourself (1982)
  • Shakti Gawain – Creative Visualization (1978)
  • Bob Proctor – You Were Born Rich (1997)
One Comment
  1. Reblogged this on Rich Drinon Leadership Communication and commented:

    What you say to others is important. What you say to yourself is equally so.

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