By: Ken Austin
The word LASER stands for; Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In this article we are going to talk about my new invention... MASS.
MASS stands for; Motivation Amplification through Sustained Self-belief. I can assure you that it is easier said than done.
I must give credit where credit is due; I cannot take all of the credit for this article. Although the methods are purely from my own experience, I was inspired to write this article by Jack Black, a world famous motivational speaker. In his book MINDSTORE, Jack Black teaches methods to increase self-motivation. His methods have inspired me to share my own knowledge and to inspire and teach others.
Firstly I am going to break down MASS into its component parts and explain each part in brief, including the dictionary definition.
Motivation: the push of the mental forces to accomplish an action.
We are motivated by our needs and desires. Our biological needs rank highest and we must satisfy them in order to survive; these are food, shelter and survival. We also have psychological needs such as comfort, appreciation, and acceptance. Our goals and aspirations act as motivators too.
Amplification: an increase in power.
When we increase the power of our motivation, we increase its effect. The more motivated we are, the more likely we are to achieve our goals.
Sustained: maintained at length without interruption or weakening.
For this method to be effective we must ensure that our efforts are maintained and that we put every effort into improving our self-belief and increasing our motivation for the long term.
Self-belief: strongly held perceptions about ourselves.
We must ensure that what we believe about ourselves is positive. Our thoughts and beliefs define who we are as a person and shape our actions and efforts. If we believe we will fail then we are less likely to spend time and energy in pursuit of a goal.
Therefore, when broken down, the MASS formula equates to...
"Accomplishment by pushing yourself harder through constantly increasing and improving your own self-belief."
There are times in our lives when we need an extra push, whether we have come up against an obstacle or we feel slightly demotivated. The most powerful motivator of all is our own self-belief.
Consider this; if I told you the sky is green you would argue a good point to convince me that the sky is blue. If I kept telling you that the sky is green you would think I am mad and probably ignore me. If I continued to pester you and insist that the sky is green you would probably get quite mad. The reason for this is that you believe the sky is blue, a person will go to great lengths to defend their beliefs - wars are often fought due to conflicting beliefs.
Every day, you are challenged by your own self-beliefs. We are at war with ourselves; we set goals and fail to achieve them because we believe they are unattainable. We have the ability to change our beliefs by reasoning with them.
The first thing to do is question the belief, ask yourself WHY? How did you come to that conclusion? What effect does this belief have on me? Then you must reason with those answers.
For example; if you believe you will not get a promotion it might be because you have worked for the company for only a short period of time. There have been times when newly inducted colleagues have been promoted based on their skills and effort.
Once you challenge your own belief, you can sow the seeds of doubt - anything you doubt is no longer a belief and leaves room for a new belief. You may now realise that you CAN get the promotion because somebody else who had recently started at the company had done so.
By freeing yourself from a limiting belief, you are now more likely to put in the extra effort and seek out ways of achieving your goal.
Here is another example to illustrate the point; a man loses both of his legs in an accident. He has a passion for swimming and he comes to the conclusion that he will never swim again. He begins to feel that his life has no purpose and becomes depressed. It is his belief that he will never swim again, while somewhere else in the world there is somebody winning swimming competitions who is in the same situation. The difference? The one who IS swimming believes they can. What would it take to motivate the first man?
All he needs to do is question the belief that he cannot swim and cast doubt upon it. He can then see his situation from another perspective. You may find this difficult to believe, but there are thousands of people around the world who overcome even greater odds to achieve their goals.
Want to know what keeps me motivated? I ask myself this question... "who am I to give up when those less fortunate than me have overcome bigger challenges?"
To truly succeed in life you must identify every single limiting belief you have and replace it with a positive belief. Once you have done so, defend those beliefs. If somebody says you can't, you CAN. If you strive to do this, you will achieve it.