Work for me is not work. Why? Because I love what I do. Sure, I expend effort. I’m up early, before the rest of my colleagues, creating, planning and strategizing.
Even as I prepare this article I am seated in one of a few of my favorite cafes at 7 a.m., as is my habit, writing.
I’ll be at my office around 8.30 a.m., and before I get there I will have already written yet another ‘winning’ article designed specifically to help others to reach their full potential.
How do I do it? In this post, I’ll share what motivates me. It may work for you too.
Find Your Motivation
Here are five ways that you can be motivated doing your work all the time:
- Love what you do–Like everyone else I talk to, there have been times when I have done things in the workplace that I didn’t particularly enjoy. But I have constantly made it my mission to discover what I love doing, positioned myself to do what I love doing and then pursued it. I have just sold my web design clients after servicing them for the past seven years. Now did I remove that from my life because I hated it? No. I simply identified what was best for me and my team, and we have now moved on to projects that we are all passionate about. Like marriage, just because you get tired of your partner, you don’t trade them in. If love grows cold, you don’t just give up. This is where we must dig deeper and renew our passion. Both my wife and I have done this time and again throughout the years and that’s why I not only love what I do, but also love my wife deeply after 28 years of marriage.
- Learn what to do–Ongoing education is vital if you want to maintain your love affair with what you do. Someone once taught me that if you wish to get excited about anything–research. Dig deep. And the more knowledgeable you become about your subject the more passionate you will become. As part of my new direction in my life at present, I want to monetize my Motivational Memo Blog significantly. So the first thing I did was identify a leader in that field who is already making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from blogging, and I have become his student. I’ve even enrolled some of my staff in the same course so that they too can grow in that area and continue to love what they do.
- Manage what you do–Once I leave my coffee shop this morning I am heading off to drop my youngest daughter at work, as her car is out of action at present, and will then drive to my office where my ‘6-list’ awaits me. This is the list of six things that I will complete today that will move me forward on the projects that I’m currently undertaking. I write this list the day before on a blank sheet of paper. As each task is completed I cross it off. If any tasks are not completed on that day, they are moved to the next day’s list. Through this process I am never left wondering what I am to do next, and when I arrive at work each morning I hit the ground running with great momentum because I have learned to manage me through the power of the list.
- Teach what you do–To learn more–teach. I was trained originally as a schoolteacher, but never wanted to be stuck in a classroom with 30 children who were not my own. But teaching is definitely still in my blood and I currently coach four entrepreneurs on how to run successful operations. In addition, I teach thousands of others through my Motivational Memo Blog and through articles such as this one that I am writing. I’m also called upon to speak at various events to business groups in my own country. I love teaching because it is when I teach that new ideas and methods are sparked in my own mind that I can apply to my own businesses. The more you give when you teach the more you will receive.
- Visualize what you do–I could have put this point as point number 1, but just because it is point 5 doesn’t lessen its importance. Work should never just be about getting the job done. It should also include where you are going. Refer to my visualization tips below.
Here are some questions to jog you and help you to visualize what you want:
- What is your long term vision for your career or your business?
- What are the outcomes you desire?
- What income do you wish to make?
- What are the investments you wish to pursue?
- What lifestyle do you want for your family?
- What do you want to do for your favorite charity or your church?
- What is your vision for your life?
- What industry do you want to not just be a follower in, but rather a leader?
- What do you wish to be an expert at?
By visualizing what you want and then aiming for it, you will never feel stuck in a rut, but will rather be on a journey to somewhere of significance and contribution.
What other ways could you ensure that you remain highly motivated at work?
Share your answers in the comments.
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