Motivation - The Fuel of Life

“Motivation is the fuel, necessary to keep the human engine running.”
Zig Ziglar

It has been proven over and over that the actual human capacity is unknown, just like the capacity of the human brain is unknown. The world’s brightest minds still use less than 15% of their brain capacity. Likewise as people, we are unaware of what we are capable of until we are put in a demanding situation; a fragile lady who struggles to carry her handbag, will lift the fender of a 400 pound car because her baby is trapped under it, a man would run into a burning building to save his family, a parent would stay up for three days without sleep because their child in the hospital is in critical condition. Where does the strength come from when we do impossible feats because we are pushed? We may not know where it comes from, but we know why – it’s because we are motivated.

I believe inspiration is the oxygen of our souls. It’s what keeps us moving, it inspires us to keep going today even when yesterday kicked our butts, and it is the fuel to press on in the face of seemingly insurmountable oppositions. Motivation has accomplished great achievements through the ages; It turned an unteachable dyslexic into an Albert Einstein, sustained a politically defeated Abraham Lincoln until he became the history’s most popular president, it raised the heads of oppressed black people under Martin Luther King JR. and gave wings to millions of people who never knew they could fly, either in sports, politics, business, religion, education or other sectors of life. Motivation is the singular enabling force that propels people across barriers put on them by nature or nurture.

Motivation is one of the most selling commodities on earth today and it’s not popular like blackberry just because Obama likes it, but because of its value and demand. We live in a world where ‘every new thing gets obsolete’ in a matter of seconds. World records are being broken every day and achievement is the underlining success factor. It would make sense therefore that whatever would help people achieve more would ride high in other of importance, and motivation rides pretty high, with heavy-weights like knowledge and boldness. People can’t understand why big conglomerates spend millions of dollars on consulting and human capital development or why top class public speakers earn the fat pay. I guess it’s because it’s easier to make what you have work and even best to make what works more effective and efficient.  Formal motivation comes in different kinds and forms; public speaking, coaching, preaching, consulting, mentoring…, but motivation itself comes in all kinds of ways.

It is the reservoir of unexploited abilities residing in the human person that inspiration taps into. It empowers us to do things otherwise not possible to us. Whether it’s the loving encouragement of a teacher telling you “you can make it”, or the memory of your father’s voice telling you “you’re better than this”, your football coach screaming like a mad dog from the side line “come on boy! Keep moving” or an actual dog on your heel, they all provide us with a gust of strength that gets us to the finishing line, enabling us achieve goals that would have slipped away from us.

Everyone needs to be motivated, especially in this fast paced, hard to breathe world we are now living in. If you cannot find something or someone to constantly motivate you, you will burn out and not reach your full potential. Everyone loves a good cheer; it is the food of the soul, because it has a way of rekindling our fire especially when our flicker has burnt low.  It really does not matter what motivates you, whether it’s a gentle nudge or a callous shove, the important thing is that you get moved along.  The story is told of a king who promised his daughter’s hand in marriage to any man who could swim across a crocodile infested pool. As the villagers gathered to see the brave fool who would dare the king, a young man suddenly jumped into the pool and started swimming frantically. Miraculously, he made it to the other side and won the hand of the king’s daughter. Amidst cheering and slapping of the back, he lifted his hands, pointing to the other side while struggling to catch his breath and asked “who pushed me into the pool?” You see, the important thing you need to realise if you’ll achieve those goals you so desire, is that you need to be motivated.  

“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Lou Holtz
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Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a Nigerian born and based minister, public speaker, entrepreneur and life coach. His keen and unique perspective to life issues makes him a refreshing voice to listen to. He currently serves as the Executive Coordinator of House on the Rock - Word House and sits on the board of a number of companies.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Well written. No matter our achievement in life, someone will or have already broken that record. This singular sentence alone should be a motivation to me even as I seek in all humility to surpass my yesterday's record. Thank you Sir.