Self Motivation

The art of mastering yourself

A few objectives for the day...

Students will:
  • Comprehend the importance of being Self- Motivated
  • Understand that Self-Motivation is essential to leadership

Opening Affirmations and Discussion

Does anyone here know what Self Motivation means, and how to achieve it?

You are all eligible to succeed!

"the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" ~ FDR

Believing in yourself in the only way to achieve greatness!

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Self-motivation, This is one of the most important of all the scales. People who develop this trait are the ones who rise to the top in any organization. They take positions of leadership, even if they are the ones behind the scenes, and they get things done.

What do you think it means to be self-motivated?

Right! A person who is self-motivated is one who does things on his own, without having to be told. The person sees what needs to be done or sees what could be done and does it.
There is a big difference between people who have to be externally motivated, someone else telling them what to do, and people who are able to tell themselves what to do, being internally or self motivated.

What kind of employee do you think a boss would want -- one he has to tell what to do all the time or one who sees what needs to be done and does it? Why?


Most people don't realize there's a connection between being self-motivated and freedom. If I asked you if you valued your freedom and wanted to be more in control of your own life, what would you say?

People who are not self motivated wait around for someone to tell them what to do. So, what do you suppose they get? People telling them what to do! Freedom means getting to choose what YOU want to do. You are not free if someone is deciding what you will do.

If you're not self-motivated to do what's right, there are plenty of people around waiting to urge you to do what's wrong. And the more you follow them, the more you get "stuck" in that groove. The ultimate loss of freedom is prison.

What if you get home from school and turn on the TV and watch it all afternoon? Someone will eventually tell you to go do your homework. But what if you were self-motivated to do the your homework first, without being asked? Then you would have more freedom to do what you want.

What other situations can you think of where you could be self-motivated?

Discussion questions

What does being self-motivated do for people?
Can you see the connection between being self-motivated and freedom?

How would a person with no freedom act?

How would a person with too much freedom act?

Why do you think a leader must be self-motivated?