Keeping Yourself Motivated

Hyo Jin Moon January 14, 2007

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Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a bow.

(Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage.)

How are you all doing? Happy New Year!

Is it easy to keep yourself motivated?

It’s very difficult isn’t it?

How do you keep people motivated? How do you keep yourself motivated?

Before you talk about how you can affect others, how do you keep your self motivated?

First of all you have to have some kind of purpose in life. Right?

And you have to have some kind of belief in your self that you can achieve what I am seeking out to achieve because the purpose that I seek has a certain value to me. It is such that, one way or the other, I have to see the end of that course that I’ve chosen for my self because I believe in my self. And it’s important to me that it happens, that I achieve that in my lifetime.

So, having said that, how do you keep yourself motivated? Sometimes you will face the ups and downs of life. It’s very difficult. It’s impossible to think that it’s just going to be a smooth ride all the way through, that you’re going to sail through without any kind of problem whatsoever reaching your end. There will always be obstacles. Why? Just because you think that you can do it doesn’t mean that you understand the process, because you will face the process for the first time. And you will face the challenge of growth after growth and all the variables that happen.

Then you will learn as you travel through the journey that you have chosen for your self. All the challenges that you will face one way or the other, you will somehow remedy. Whether you have some guide book from someone that has prior experience that was capable of assisting you or helping you in the proper manner in which you can ease that ride, ease that wave that can sometimes be overwhelming because it seems like a tidal wave at times but those are the steep hills and valleys that you have to cross.

But every step of the way is a learning process and you have to first accept that challenge because that is inevitable. You will not have all the answers as you move forward. I know that you don’t want to stagnate. I know that you want to move forward. Moving forward in itself is difficult because the nature of growth itself is so challenging. Just facing a new (thing / experience) is so challenging that it is difficult to keep yourself motivated. Just that in itself.

So, having said that, that’s your individual challenge. That’s what you have to face, everyone, what ever goals that you have. I don’t know… There are a lot of young people here -- you go to school because you want to learn something -- a trade or what. You will face challenges just in learning, but going to school is just the preparation stage. After you come out of school that’s when everything begins in terms of work because you have to weave it into society. You can’t just be at an experimental stage as in a laboratory setting. It has to be real. How do you connect something that you have understood basically in theory and practiced in a laboratory setting to a more tangible reality that actually affects the social fiber or society in general?

You have to first answer that question; how can I keep my self motivated? What do I need? What do you look for when you’re looking for motivation? The simple point: If you look at society in general they use two things, a reward system and a sacrificial system. If you’re the central figure and you see a very talented person, you can’t really use the reward system because we don’t have so much money, so you take them out to dinner or whatever. What you have to do is that you literally have to do it with your physical effort. Do it with what you have. "I’ll sleep less than that guy; I’ll work harder than that guy. I’ll do what ever it takes to provide more creativity, more productivity. I’ll do something, something by sacrificing myself to motivate that guy, to inspire that guy, to hold him." If you do this you can hold that person for a while as long as you keep on doing that stuff that he can recognize. That’s the only way.

When you try to reach something, what you have to you is you have to sacrifice more. Let’s say you’re on equal terms with another person in terms of what you have physically so you say "I’ll take less and I’ll give that guy more than I have." That sacrificial act alone, a very simple sacrificial act, becomes a point of an inspiration to the recipient. And that is a motivating factor.

To keep people motivated you either reward them, like, by giving them money or you inspire them by your sacrifice. The business world is becoming more specialized and you need a specific target to begin with and based on that you have to be purpose driven. Stop making noise and start getting name recognition and based on that your product is getting known out there. You start making money and you have to spread that wealth around and take care of the guys that are specialists by giving them a lot of financial incentives to keep them motivated, to hold them in dedication to the job. Other wise they will go to your competitor who is offering a greater financial incentive.

Either you do it (motivate) with stuff (money) or you do it with the stuff here (your sacrifice). The stuff that comes from here (sacrifice) is more long term. Trust me. You remember that longer. The other one (money) is a short cut and it still works, but you have to keep it coming. They’re always looking "where is my bonus and that kind of stuff. How come it’s not as big as last year? What’s going on?" That kind of stuff…

That sacrificial stuff still works, and since you don’t live that long, if you just keep it up for several decades you can establish something. Pretty much that’s how it’s done. If you’re trying to change the world, what is the better model? What would be the better way to motivate people?