Where do you get your motivation? Is it competition, money, awards, promotion, recognition, love, pride, goals, or achievement? In the past, it was a great interview question because it reveals so much about the candidate. It reveals what you enjoy, value and probably perform well. In school, it was grades, parents, going to college, a good job or recognition. It takes motivation to achieve your goals!
Every time you make a decision however insignificant, you are taking a risk. The only way to avoid it is to not make any decisions. When you were child, your parents made most if not all of your decisions. As you got older, you started to make your own decisions such as what you eat, what toy you may play with or who you make friends with. If you handle this responsibility well, you learn how to make good decisions. Over time, you acquire the skills for good judgment.
Figuring out what motivates you is very important! It is not just an interview question or something to tell someone some time in your life. It is important to understand to help you achieve your goals in your career, personal life or life in general. It started early, when you wanted to eat or be changed, you just cried! In other words, you had a goal that needed to be satisfied or achieved and you naturally knew what to do. What changed?
It probably helped that you did not have multiple goals! You kept it simple because there were very few people who could satisfy you and you knew exactly what to do. Success was relatively immediate and you went on to the next goal. As you get older, there are more goals or objectives and you gradually learn how to achieve them. Not everyone stays motivated! Not everyone is motivated in school, a job or in life. It is probably due to their success or failure.
How to develop motivation?
It is different for everyone and yet it is similar! What makes you do something or not? It usually starts with your hopes and dreams. It may be a toy, iPod, Smartphone, joining a team, girl/boyfriend, car, college, job, career, home, etc. When it comes to things you want, you are willing to work for it. Remember your first car, you were very willing to work many part time jobs just to earn the money to buy the car. If you make every goal that important to you, you will be motivated to achieve it.
How do you find motivation to lose weight, get out of debt or do things that are difficult? In your career, you will be asked to perform tasks or jobs that you may not enjoy, what can you do to stay motivated?
- Start with the goal – Just like your first car, you wanted a car and you knew exactly how much you needed to buy it. If you want to lose weight, you know how much you want to lose, but you may not know how to do it. There are literally hundreds or even thousands of books to tell you how to do it. All it it takes is enough motivation to do it. You have to find a reason that is good enough to keep you motivated to get you through the difficult times. You can use SMART goals as a method to help you create your goal. Setting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound goals help make goals more achievable.
- Develop your Plan – Taking your goals and establishing a detailed plan helps you stay motivated because you can monitor your progress weekly, monthly, and annually. This is particularly true for long term (more than one year) goals! How can you stay motivated for an extended time? You create weekly and monthly objectives that are supported by daily tasks. If you complete the daily tasks and meet your weekly and monthly objectives, the outcome or long term goal will just be the result of all your work. It keeps you motivated because you see positive results or you can adjust your efforts before you fail to meet your weekly and monthly objectives.
- How do you stay motivated? – If you have ever set long term goals whether it was to lose weight, get out of debt or financial freedom, you know there are many things, people and situations that will keep you from your goal. Often, it is just failing to achieve the goal! It is still the beginning of the year when people make New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, get out of debt etc and fail by now more than once. You need a compelling reason to keep you on track such as getting married, buying a home, etc. The reason should be personal to keep you motivated.
- Keep your eye on the prize! – The best way to stay motivated is to remember what you are working for, your goal! I used this strategy in college. College for me was my ticket to success. I knew I needed an education to begin my career, but I was not always interested in or enjoyed every class. Similar to any career, you do not like every task you have to perform. What should keep you motivated is the outcome. It may be the rewards of success or just the satisfaction of achieving your goal.
Which comes first? Is it the goal or the motivation to achieve the goal? I do not think it matters The objective is to achieve your goals and keep sufficiently motivated to achieve that. Everyone is different, but the above four steps will help you achieve them. The flaw is most people never go through the steps and think they made a valiant effort and just complain about their predicament. If you do not want to just become a complainer, you can follow these steps to success. I used these steps to reach financial freedom when I was thirty-eight (38) years old and you can too! Motivation is not a magic pill to take when needed, you have to keep motivated to reach your goal.
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