You know you’re supposed to be motivated. You’re told it is the only way to get ahead. So if it’s that important, where do you find motivation for yourself? It’s not for sale at the corner store and it seems in short supply at most gatherings of co-workers, so where do you get yours?
I ponder this on a regular basis. How to find the motivation I need to complete certain goals, assignments, or required tasks. Looking at each of these items leads me to different answers.
For most, goals are a personal set of accomplishments you desire to achieve (yes, I’m aware of company goals). The money for that next great vacation, or a new set of golf clubs. Some personal aspect you want to improve, or at least, upgrade.
Goals generally make it easy to get motivated, because they offer their own reward. They are your goals and reflect where you have a strong desire to grow or achieve for your own well being. Most goal setting exercises concentrate on this aspect because it is one the individual can control.
Typically, this is something that is work related and is more difficult to gain motivation to accomplish. These are handed out to different individuals or departments and have certain requirements and time lines for completion. These can have a range, but as examples: You must complete this evaluation by Thursday noon for a meeting or finish a cost analysis on a recommendation for the CFO by tomorrow.
Motivation here can range from the challenge of the assignment, to the fear of loss of job. Much of this can be traced to your attitude and how you view your job at this given moment. If you like running cost analyses, the challenge of the assignment is enough to get you motivated, but if you hate this type work, it is more difficult.
This is, for me, the hardest motivation to find. Something that has to be done, and you can’t argue, because you know it has to be done. This can be at home, like mowing the lawn, fixing the leaking faucet, cleaning out the garage, or at work, such as, writing those weekly reports, evaluating a co-worker, or keeping that desktop clean.
The way that keeps coming to mind is to do it from a sense of duty. You know it has to be done, and you are the logical person to do it, so you just do it, as the commercial says. In the work scenario, it is usually defined in the job duties, so, like the household duties (see, even the word is a form of duty), there is no option, you must do them.
How do you see these different components? Where do you get your motivation from? Share your thought in the comments. I really want to know.
[tags]motivation, leadership, work, job, duty[/tags]