Motivation Comes From Mindset

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In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl tells us the story of those who were able to survive the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War 2.  He explained that those individuals who made it out were the one who still felt themselves committed to some great accomplishment that they had yet to complete.  They could picture themselves engaged in that activity, feel the experience and use that feeling to keep themselves spiritually intact despite their physical reality.

This is a remarkable story about the power of our minds to keep us going in spite of the reality of our circumstances. We can imagine what we want to do or become and we can feel the reality of it in our thoughts so strongly that it gives us added motivation to translate that image into something that exists in the real world. That is why so often we hear the phrase that if we can see it in our minds, we can hold it in our hands. So, what are you envisioning in your mind?

  • What is your goal for the next six months of your life? What do you what to accomplish? Where do you want to be?
  • Who do you want to become? What characteristics do you have within yourself that you are reluctant to try out in the real world because you are worried about how you will be judged?
  • What do you need to learn in the next six months or a year that is going to help you move closer to your big dream for your life? Identify something and go after it. Whether you need to take a course, enroll online for a webinar or invest in some books on a subject. Go for it. No knowledge is ever really wasted.
  • What relationships do you need to work on improving? Whether personal or professional, you can schedule the time to work on the connections that you want to make with others. Often, if you don’t schedule it, you will never be able to find the time to do it.

For most of us today, where our challenges are significantly less intense, we can still learn from Frankl’s writings.  We can see it as a guide on how we should train our minds to support our growth and development. We can learn from this and from so many other successful people who demonstrate for us what it takes to turn our visions and dreams into reality. Most successful people tend to do the following:

  • They constantly take deliberate steps to keep themselves motivated.
  • They picture what they want to accomplish and remind themselves why it matters
  • They envision what it will be like when they are experiencing their dream in the real world.
  • They use their visions to create a strong emotional pull towards that future reality.
  • They work to keep themselves emotionally on track by not allowing themselves to be overwhelmed by fear or frustration.


Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance.  She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  For more of her writing visit



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