Use your social environment to increase your motivation.
Your environment is so important in your motivation that it is recognized in the model for self motivation as one of the three factors that determine how motivated you are.
Your environment is made up of two parts: your physical environment, the place you do the work on your goals, and your social environment, the people and organizations that surround you and that are available to you.
Don’t get confused when you think about your social environment. It can refer to personal friends and social clubs, but it’s just as likely to refer to business entities and business associates. It all depends upon the goal you are trying to get motivated for. But whatever your social environment is, it is extremely important to your motivation, and to your success in making your dreams come true.
This was brought home to me recently when I was reading an article about programs to assist start up companies. These programs assist people who are considering starting a company, or who have recently started one. The sessions, which might run twice a week for four weeks or so, address a different business topic each night. Experts are brought in to provide the training, which might include ethics, how to get financing, marketing and getting a business team together.
One program was run out of the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) for start ups that were going to go into several business incubators in the area. A report by UCF on the results of their program said that 85% of the companies that participated in the training were still in business some ten years later. This compares incredibly well when you look at the national average for start ups, in which between 75 to 85 percent of the businesses have failed in that same period.
This is the power of the social environment. Ignore your social environment and you run the risk of not achieving your goals. Take advantage of it and your journey will be much easier and much more likely to be successful.