What Motivates You?

What Motivates You?

What motivates you?

Motivation is a positive term associated with words such as drive, push and move. You need motivation for moving forward and making progress.  Motivational quotes don’t encourage you to do worse; they encourage you to do better.

Everyone is motivated by different things and quite frankly, a mix of things. Some people are motivated by money or material things; others by power and influence. Some are motivated by rewards and recognition, while others are motivated by knowing that they have spread goodwill to the world. Each one of us has a different motivational cocktail that drives us towards excellence in whatever endeavors we pursue.

Knowing what we are motivated by in any situation can be a powerful tool in accomplishing our goals. For example, if you are making plans to go to the gym, why are you going and what is going to motivate you to get up and go? Are you motivated by a desire to live a healthy lifestyle? Are you motivated by a particular dress size? Are you motivated by a specific number you want to see on the scale? How about on the job. What motivates you to do your best work? Is it the raise or bonus you want or the promotion you have been longing for? Is it the recognition of your peers in the field or the accolades from your boss?

The truth is if our needs aren’t satisfied, we will have a hard time pushing ourselves towards our goals. If we work out and don’t see the scale move, we are going to have a hard time convincing ourselves to go to the gym. If we are motivated by money and we don’t get a decent raise after spending countless hours putting in our best work, we are not going to be driven to give it our all the following year.

Understanding our inherent desires and needs, what motivates us, is critical to our success. Do an honest evaluation of what motivates you and don’t pass judgment on it. Recognize it for what it is and seek opportunities that will best meet your needs and keep you motivated.

So, I ask again, what motivates you?

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