To figure out what motivates you, you need to get clarity on why you’re doing what you’re doing, what you hope to accomplish, what the risks are, and what you expect the payoffs to be. This is what will keep you centered and focused when you face challenges.
It can be difficult to figure out your motivation, though, especially if you haven’t taken time to boil down to the basics before. There are a lot of things that may motivate you, and you may be motivated by several different factors.
The key is knowing what your most powerful motivators are, and using them to overcome challenges as you embark on your job or business—whatever your big next step is. Knowing and understanding your motivation can help you avoid getting sucked into the minutiae of the obstacles that come up, becoming overwhelmed and feeling under-prepared to continue on in your pursuits.
Use the list below to explore possible motivations and determine what has the biggest impact on you and your desire to succeed.
- Money: Is wealth, paying off debts, or living luxuriously a motivator for you?
- Society: Are you driven by the desire to solve a common problem or improve the lives of others?
- Family: Are you building a legacy you can pass down to your children? Is your business or job a way to support or honor your family?
- Expectations: Do you worry about fulfilling the needs of others or what others will think about you if you fail? What are your expectations for yourself?
- Consequences: Are you afraid of what may happen if you do something? Or if you don’t do something? Are you afraid of failure so you don’t try something new?
- Pride: Pride in yourself and your work can be a powerful motivator for many. Is it for you?
- Passion: Does love for what you do give you the fight to be able to work through the challenges?
- Credibility: Do you look at your business or position as a way to solidify your credibility or establish yourself as an expert?
- Challenge: Do you thrive on the challenge? Do you purposefully take on initiatives that will stretch you and provide learning opportunities?
Using Your Motivation
Once you know what motivates you, you’re ready to make difficult decisions and push through challenges. You are anchored. You have a foundation. Knowing your motivation gives you clarity, and you will be less likely to lose your focus, get pulled off-track, and forget why you embarked on this journey in the first place.
When you understand your motivation and use it, you will have the confidence it takes to make the decisions you need to make and to see the process through to success.
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