Scientists experimented with laboratory rats to measure their motivation to live under different circumstances. They dropped a rat into a jar of water that had been placed in total darkness, and they timed how long the animal would continue swimming before it gave up and allowed itself to drown.

It lasted for three minutes. They dropped another rat into the same kind of jar, but instead of placing it in total darkness, they allowed a ray of light to shine into the jar. This time the rat swam for 36 hours. The scientists discovered that as long as the rat continued to see the light, it continued to have hope.

As you ponder the future, consider what motivates you to see the light of unlimited possibility.

Are you motivated to endure and achieve your intended goal in the midst of adverse conditions?

True motivation comes from the inner core of your being, and no one can motivate you like you. Your greatest potential, brilliance, and strength are released when you are at your wit’s end and your back is against the wall.

Throwing in the towel is not an option. Wishing you could be whisked away in a private jet to Monte Carlo or to ski in the Swiss Alps are nice daydreams, but that’s the easy way out.

Motivate yourself to be on time and make a daily contribution to your place of business.

Motivate yourself to be solution-oriented.

Motivate yourself to deliver results and stop whining about who is the boss’s favorite or who goes to lunch with the boss.

So what if the boss doesn’t notice you or give you a pat on the back? It’s not the end of the world.

Right now, as you read this blog in your home office, virtual office, cubicle, or home, give yourself a standing ovation.

Why? Because you deserve it. It’s long overdue. Laugh out loud.

Smile, because every day above ground is a good day. Motivate thyself.