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How to Motivate Yourself: The Qualities of a Good Leader

Written By Brian Tracy | Leadership Success | September 30th, 2013

“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.”


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

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