"The sleeper must awaken" is a line I've always remembered from the movie Dune. Unless we have new experiences, something inside of us just sits there. In life it is easy to get comfortable - comfortable at work, comfortable on the couch watching TV on the weekends, just sitting around.
Self-motivation is something that comes from deep down and is either there or it isn't. There is no teaching how to pick yourself up off the mat when you've been knocked down and common sense tells you just to stay down. But you find yourself getting up off the mat because that is what you do - you go one more round. You find a way to push yourself to learn something new, acquire a new skill, or discover something you didn't know.
So, are you going to stay down or pick yourself up off the mat?