How to Motivate Yourself: The Qualities of a Good Leader

Written By | Leadership Success | September 30th, 2013 | 7 Comments »

how to motivate yourself qualities of a good leader stop procastinating“The first requisite for success is to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”
-Thomas Edison

The world is full of people who are waiting for someone to come along and motivate them to be the kind of people they wish they could be. The problem is that, “No one is coming to the rescue.”

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These people are waiting for a bus on a street where no busses pass. As a result, if they don’t take charge of their lives and put the pressure on themselves, they can end up waiting forever. And that is what most people do.

Only about 2% of people can work entirely without supervision. We call these people “leaders.” This is the kind of person you are meant to be, and which you may be, if you decide to. You must learn how to motivate yourself on your own.

To reach your full potential, you must form the habit of putting the pressure on yourself, and developing the qualities of a good leader. Do not wait for someone else to come along and do it for you. You must choose your own frogs and then make yourself eat them in their order of importance.

Lead the Field by Raising the Bar

See yourself as a role model for others. You must continually be raising the bar on yourself. The standards you set for your own work and behavior should be higher than anyone else could set for you.

Make it a game with yourself to start a little earlier, work a little harder and stay a little later. Always look for ways to go the extra mile, to do more than you are paid for.

Your self-esteem, the core of your personality, has been defined by psychologist Nathaniel Brandon as “the reputation you have with yourself.” You build up or pull down your reputation with yourself with everything you do, or fail to do. The good news is that you feel better about yourself whenever you push yourself to do your best. You increase your own self-esteem whenever you go beyond where the average person would normally quit.

How to Motivate Yourself and Stop Procrastinating

One of the best ways for you to stop procrastinating, is by working as though you only had one day to get your most important jobs done before you left for a month or went on vacation.

Imagine each day that you have just received an emergency message and that you will have to leave town tomorrow for a month. If you had to leave town for a month, what would you absolutely make sure that you got done before you left? Whatever your answer is, go to work on that task right now.

Another way to put pressure on yourself is to imagine that you just received all-expenses paid one-week vacation in a beautiful resort as a prize, but you will have to leave tomorrow morning on the vacation or it will be given to someone else. What would you be determined to get finished before you left so that you could take that vacation? Whatever it is, start on that one job immediately.

Learn the Qualities of a Good Leader

Successful people continually put the pressure on themselves to perform at high levels. Unsuccessful people have to be instructed and supervised and pressured by others.

By putting the pressure on yourself, you accomplish more and better tasks, faster than ever before. You become a high performance, high-achieving personality. You feel terrific about yourself, and bit-by-bit, you build up the habit of rapid task completion that then goes on to serve you all the days of your life.

Thank you for reading this article on how to motivate yourself and stop procrastinating. It is important to constantly be raising the bar in your work life. Please share and comment below!

Topics included in this article are:

Qualities of a Good Leader

Raising the Bar

Stop Procrastinating

How to Motivate Yourself

About Brian Tracy – Brian Tracy is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on google+, facebook, and twitter.

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    “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” ~ Brian Tracy

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  4. Eric Scott says on October 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm:

    Awesome article with picture perfect traits of a leader. Great job. Thanks!!

  5. bruno kamarah says on October 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm:

    thank you for this teaching…..ilike it
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  6. Jose Palomino says on October 2, 2013 at 5:10 am:

    The procrastination can really overwhelm your workable hours — and creep up in unlikely ways. That’s why sometimes the “get to work earlier, leave later” thing doesn’t work because you might sabotage yourself, thinking you have so much more time to get things done. If you have a limited number of hours, you need to use those hours extremely wisely — and imagining certain assignments are “urgent,” like you said, can go a long way. Often, I’ll give myself a finite amount of time to get a project done — and literally write down when I expect to complete it (ie. 2pm). Even just seeing that number on a page helps keep me focused when I’m tempted to wander.

  7. Pawel says on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm:

    Very very true what you write about motivation here. I remember one sentence from the first book of yours that I bought: “no one really cares” – if you won’t start working hard on fulfilling your dreams, no one will care that you have miserable life. Nothing more important I’ve read in my life. Ever. Big Thanks!


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