Self-motivation is very important or anybody who wishes to succeed at anything in life, it is basically the driving force you need to get things done.
The psychologist at the forefront of research on self-motivation is Scott Geller. Scott explains that there are three questions you can use to determine whether you (or someone in your life) is self-motivated.
Can you do it?
Will it work?
Is it worth it?
If your answer to each of these three questions is “Yes,” you are likely self-motivated.
Believing you can do it, confirms that you have self-efficacy. Believing in its ability to work, you have response efficacy which is the belief that the action you are taking will lead to the outcome you want.
You must have weighed the cost with the consequences and decided the consequences outweighed the cost before you got to believe that it will work. (Geller, 2016).
Geller spoke a lot about consequences, He considers “consequences” one of four vital “C” words that underpin self-motivation:
- Consequences: Someone who is self-motivated must have to sincerely want the consequences associated with the actions you take rather than simply doing something to avoid negative consequences.
- Competence: if you answer all three of the questions above with a “Yes,” you will feel competent in your ability to get things done.
- Choice: having a sense of autonomy, of choice over your actions, encourages self-motivation.
- Community: having social support and connections with others is critical for feeling motivated and believing in yourself and your power to achieve (Geller, 2016).