Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as president of South Africa. He was sentenced to jail for 27 years by the South African Apartheid government for standing up against a government that was committing shocking human rights abuse against black South Africans. He was released from prison in 1990 and went on to lead the way for the abolition of apartheid in 1994.
What motivated Nelson Mandela to not give up was he wanted South Africa to be a rainbow nation free from injustice. He sacrificed his freedom in jail for his dream so others could be free.
He faced every challenge and obstacle that came his way. That right there should be motivation for anyone who is wanting to be able to achieve something in life despite the odds not being in their favor.
Being motivated can be found external, but wouldn’t last as long as motivation that comes from internal.
An example would be a child who nags their parents for a toy at the shop and gets it. The excitement is all there, but eventually, the toy would lose the child’s interest. When the parents try another tactic and make the child do chores in order to get pocket money to save up that instills responsibility, discipline, gratefulness, appreciation and to really think carefully what they want.
Motivation doesn’t always come easy. To boost your feel-good hormone and motivation hormone called dopamine it starts with what you feed your body. What foods you eat can affect your moods which can affect how motivated or unmotivated you are.
Motivation is inside us all but could be suppressed when things get tough and all we want to do is give up. In moments like this digging deep inside yourself to hold onto what fuels your soul and gives you a reason to get up in the morning is what life should be about.
Here are some people who share what motivates them.
Bex- My mum inspires me. She’s been through difficult times in her life: my dad cheated and left her with two young children, she has had endometrial cancer and had a full hysterectomy, and throughout it all, she’s never stopped working.
She’s always supported my brother and I and pushed us to be the best we can be. She’s never let us go without, and it’s her who motivates me to get up and go to work in the morning, and who has helped me achieve all I have done. She’s my best friend and I pray that one day when I have a daughter we have as strong a relationship as we do. Twitter: CoeliacAbroad Instagram: WanderJumper
Jeswin- Well, my motivation is music. Listening to music gives me a special kind of positive energy to do work and everything.
My favourite music is Ludwig Van Beethovens A melody of tears and 5 Secrets. Twitter: JeswinPThomas Instagram: JeswinPThomas
Adam- I guess the thing that motivates me most each day is being positive! By doing that, I know I’ll always have a great day. Twitter: thepeppygleek
Mezoo- Making people feel happy by my art. I mean as an artist, I accept drawing and art requests for free because I seek to share happiness with people and this is the most thing that motivates me.
I believe people need to feel happy and the smile they give after seeing my work is the pay I take, so I never feel down or disappointed because I know my work is going to change something. Instagram: Mezoo_art
Thank you for reading! What motivates you? Share in the comments. I would love to know! Until next time.