5 Ways You Can Change the World

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 | 0 comments


Motivation is a funny thing. It has two opposite ends with varying degrees in between.

On one end, we are motivated when we are on a roll and things are going so well we want more of the same.

On the other end, we are motivated when our backs are against the wall and we have no choice but to do something about it.

Either way, we are moved to take action; to either get more of the same or to make a change. And in between, are less intense feelings of motivation.

Self-motivation is an essential part of excelling at life and in your career. Have you ever worked with someone who didn’t seem to have the motivation to do much of anything? They seem to be content to live their life with no aspiration to do or be anything different.

Andrew Carnegie said it best with his quote:

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

This is fine unless you want more for your life. If you want to change your world you need some self-motivation.

Where does motivation come from?

Motivation begins with desire. It is your desire for something that moves you to action. When you are on either end of the motivation spectrum, it is easy to be in action. You want a different result so you, therefore, do something about it. What if you are not operating from either of the opposite ends of the spectrum and your motivation is low yet you still have a desire for something different? You must learn to motivate yourself because you cannot depend on others to do it for you. You have to know how to encourage yourself regardless of the situation.

Five keys to building self-motivation in the workplace.

1. Work towards a cause. Inspiration and working toward something that is greater than us is an innate motivator. It is human nature to want to contribute to the greater good. Plug in to the purpose of your position and the impact it has on the company to feel your bigger purpose.

2. Don’t compare yourself to others unless it spawns your own unique desire. Don’t try to be like someone else. Use the desire of comparing yourself to others to create the impact you want, not to mimic others.

3. Make the conscious effort to not give up. Tenacity is a key quality in the workplace. It is so easy to throw in the towel after a mistake happens or when you don’t get the result you want. Trying again or approaching from a different angle may create the end result you want or something better.

4. Don’t live in your past failures or successes. In my world, there is no such thing as failure; only learning opportunities. Write down your career path so far; all of the milestones and accolades that led you to this point in time. Write down the decisions you made and the skills you needed that brought you to this point. Then record the benefits you bring to your current position. This exercise helps you build on your past and brings it all into the present.

5. Utilize positive thinking. I cannot stress enough the importance of attitude. It reminds me of a quote from Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. “The problem is not the problem. Your attitude about the problem is the problem”. Ensuring you have a positive mindset even when facing a setback will help keep you motivated.

Regardless of the position you hold in an organization, part of what will contribute to your success is your ability to remain motivated. It will be recognized as a motivator for others and create desire in those around you. You have the power to change your world and be an inspiration to others.

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