In my most recent blog I wrote about the vision, the first factor in the model for self motivation. In today’s blog I want to write about the second factor in the model for self motivation, successability.
Successability means your confidence in your competence. This means how you feel about the likelihood that you have the skills and ability to make your vision – the special change you want to make – come true.
If you are not confident you can make the vision come true, you won’t be motivated to put in the work making it come true takes. Why would you? You’d feel like you were wasting your time.
Confident people make changes. People without confidence do not. So we all better be confident that we can make our special change come true.
But what if we aren’t confident? What if we have doubts and fears that we will never make that special change come true? Are we stuck in the place we are at? Is the status quo going to remain static?
Luckily, we are not stuck with being unconfident. In my book, iMotivateMe: Take Control of Your Motivation to Reach Your Goals and Achieve Your Dreams, I share many strategies to help you increase your confidence in your competence, and thereby increase your motivation.
One great way – and there are many – to increase your confidence is through skills acquisition. Many of us don’t think we can achieve our vision – that special change – because we lack some essential skill. For example, say your vision is the same as mine, you want to be a professional speaker. But you aren’t confident you can make it come true, because you don’t think you are a very good speaker. If this is the case, you’d better seek out sources of skills acquisition – places where you can learn the skills you need to become a professional speaker. One great place is Toastmasters. But there is also the NSA, the National Speakers Association. Another resource to help you gain public speaking skills are professionals who coach people who want to be better speakers. See, for example, http:// http://3cspublicspeaking.com/
No matter what your dream, there are people and places to help you acquire the skills you need that will give you the confidence that you can make your dream come true. And when you find such a person or such a place, and you get the skills you are missing, your confidence in your competence will soar. As your confidence in your competence, your successability, grows, so will your motivation.
That’s factor number two, successability. So far we’ve covered the first two factors. Drop by Thursday and read all about factor number three, environment.