When it comes to both business and life, many things determine a person’s success, and one of the most important factors is motivation. Motivation is the fuel that drives us to achieve our goals and is what keeps us from getting “stuck” in mud on the road to achieving our dreams. It’s what helps us jump up and get out of bed, excited about each day and its’ possibilities.
As a leader, before you can begin trying to motivate others, it’s necessary to first understand what motivates YOU. Without knowing yourself and your own motivations, you’ll never understand what motivates others, which is integral to managing and inspiring those on your team in helping them to achieve their goals.
So, let’s talk about how to determine what motivates you and unearth why you do what you do. To dig deep and better understand what motivates you, grab a pen and paper and set aside some time to ask and answer the following questions to help unearth your motivational triggers:
- What are some activities you participate in where you become so involved that you lose track of time? What do you enjoy about these activities? What feelings do you have while performing these activities?
- What do you want to be known for and how do you want to be remembered? Your wealth and success? Your love of family? Your kindness? Your contributions to an important cause?
- How do you like to be rewarded for a job well done? Advancement in your status such as a promotion? Financial reward? Public recognition?
What’s the “because” for your dreams and goals? Think of one dream you’ve had for some time, and at the end of that statement, instead of a period, add the word “because” and then complete that sentence. For example, “I want to make $1 million dollars in the next 5 years because it will provide financial stability for the future and allow me more free time to spend with friends and family.” Try this exercise with a few of your goals and see what answers come to you. What comes after “because” is the true motivation for your goals and dreams.
Hopefully these questions will help you gain a better understanding of your motivations and you can use this information to help power your success in achieving your goals. By better understanding yourself and your motivations, you’ll be able to motivate others and also help drive the success of your organization as a whole!
P.S. – If you want to know how to leverage your attitude in every aspect of your business and life, check out Developing a Rock Solid Attitude.