Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Power of Internal Motivation

There was a young boy who came regularly to football practice but never made it to the ‘A Team’. While he was practicing, his father would sit at the far end of the field, waiting for him. For four days, the boy didn’t show up for practice. The matches had begun and his team was playing with finals. He showed up for the finals and went up to the finals and went up to the coach and said, “Coach, you have always kept me in the reserves and never let me play in the matches. But today, please let me play.” The coach said “Son, I am sorry, I can’t let you play. There are better players than you and besides, it is the finals; the reputation of the school is at stake and I cannot take a chance.” The boy pleaded, “ Coach, I promise I will not let you down. Please let me play.” The Coach had never seen the boy plead like this before. He said, “OK son, go play. But remember, I am going against my better judgment and the reputation of the school is at stake. Don’t let me down.” The game started and the boy played like a ball on fire. Every time he got the ball, he shot a goal. Needless to say, he was the star of the game and his team won.
     When the game finished, the coach went up to him and said, “Son, how could I have been so wrong in my life? I have never seen you play like this before and I don’t think you’ve played like this before either. What happened? How did you play this way today?” The boy replied, “Coach, my father is watching me today.” The coach tuned around and looked at the place where the boy’s father used to sit. There was only an empty bench. He said, “Son, your father used to sit there when you came for practice, but I don’t see anyone there today.” The boy replied, “Coach, there is something I never told you. My father was blind. Just four days ago, he died. Today is the first day he is watching me from above.” What motivated the boy? It was his belief.

Moral of the story :- The greatest motivator is belief but remember, a false belief is also a belief. Internal motivation is the inner gratification, not for success or winning, but for the fulfillment that comes from having done something. It is a feeling of accomplishment, rather than just achieving a goal. Reaching an unworthy goal does not produce a gratifying feeling. Internal motivation is lasting, because it comes from within and translate into self-motivation.

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