It may be money, it may be your ability to create original work, or it may even be the fact that you need to have a place to go every morning. But when it comes to what actually motivates you, it’s good to know where you stand and what makes you tick. When you learn what motivates you in your career and at work, you enable yourself to better focus and accomplish your goals whether you are looking for a job or climbing the ladder of success.
We may not always like what we have to do but they don’t call it “work” for nothing. You may have found a way to do what you love but have you found a way to harness that enthusiasm and energy to accomplish all that you wish for yourself when it comes to managing your career goals? It’s not always easy to know what you need to do when it comes to finding ways to keep yourself motivated. How you manage your time vs. how you manage your enthusiasm are two very different skills you may need to develop in order to be successful in your attempts to stay motivated. It’s not enough to possess good time management skills but do you know how to prioritize what’s important from what needs to get done? You can force yourself into doing anything you want even those things that you may not particularly like, but will those things be enough to just “check the box” or will it help you to move forward in your career?
Keeping yourself challenged creatively and energetically is about tapping that thing within you that makes you soar with excitement every time you think about it. It may be a project near and dear to your heart, it may be the idea of a corner office or it may very well be the bonus check you’ll get at the end of the year for a job well done. No matter what the outcome of your hard work, knowing what motivates you will help you lead your future choices with confidence and assurance and know that you should learn to trust yourself.
When you focus on what makes you happy and excited about your work it might be wise to take an inventory of the choices you’ve made so you can maintain your level of motivation when distraction looms in the wings. It’s one thing to love what you do or know what you want to do but when you are distracted and unable to accomplish your goals you can easily loose faith and focus.
Staying on course when you are being pushed and pulled in many directions tests your patience and your motivation. Calling on your ability to stay focused despite the distractions may be the challenge you need to help keep you motivated even if it pushes you to your limits. You’ll see what you are made of and how much your passion for what you do will drive your decisions, choices and actions when it comes to making your career and job search your number one priority. Finding and holding onto what you love to do may be easier for some than for others but so long as you know what makes you happy and what motivates you there isn’t anything you can’t accomplish.
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