We are all motivated by many things like success, material gain, a need to belong, or even seclusion. As human beings, we have basic needs and desires, no matter how sophisticated we think we are. As people making our way in the modern world, we also have to face other realities. As we need money to live, making enough of it can often be our key motivation. While this might be unpalatable, for many people it is absolutely true. But there are other more personal motivations, even in the rat race. Whether it’s for economic reasons or more human ones, we sometimes just need to be the best we can be.


Whatever our level of economic security or achievement, we can still sometimes feel unfulfilled. Whether this shows itself as a feeling of emptiness, frustration or ambition, these are feelings we can’t deny and need to address. This can often mean going back to basics and looking inward to examine our own personalities. These all developed through childhood, with experience adding to our innate and unique personal traits. Between these, we find out what we really like and dislike, and what we can see ourselves becoming. This idea of self-realisation is very important to us, however much we get caught up in the necessities of earning a living. If we are lucky enough, we can combine the two. While professional athletes, artists, and poets are, however, a tiny section of modern society, we can all benefit from self-improvement.

Real motivation

When we get to the stage where we want to strive to be what we can and should be, that is when we become really motivated. This is more than just a reason to get out of bed in the morning. It fires the imagination full time and is the source of huge optimism for the future. This means we start to make plans. Rather than just living day to day, becoming our real selves motivates us to think long term. We include every part of our lives, from our own activities to the lives of our loved ones. Achieving self-realisation doesn’t mean being selfish; in fact, it’s the opposite. It is only by being the best “you” that you can really give yourself to others. This means more than, for example, putting food into your children’s mouths. Real motivation gives the ambition to do much more than this. Your motivation will rub off on others: it’s infectious. What motivates you?