Saturday, October 11, 2008


Internal motivation comes from within, such as pride, a sense of
achievement, responsibility and belief.

There was a young boy who used to come for regular practice but always
played in the reserves and never made it to the soccer eleven. While he
was practicing, his father used to sit at the far end, waiting for him.
The matches had started and for four days, he didn't show up for
practice or the quarter or semifinals. All of a sudden he showed up for
the finals, went to the coach and said, "Coach, you have always kept me
in the reserves and never let me play in the finals. But today, please
let me play."

The coach said, "Son, I'm sorry, I can't let you. 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. I beg of you, 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 house on fire. Every time he got the
ball, he Shot a goal. Needless to say, he was the best player and the
star of the game. His team had a spectacular win. 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. What

How did you play so well?" The boy replied, "Coach, my father is
watching me today."

The coach turned around and looked at the place where the boy's father
used to sit. There was no one there. 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."

Internal Motivation

Internal motivation is the inner gratification, not for success or
winning, but for the Fulfillment that comes from having done it. It is a
feeling of accomplishment, rather than just achieving a goal.

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