What Motivates Me?
Whether you go into an office on a daily basis, work from your home or travel the country and maybe even the world to do business, what motivates you?
It is a question that should be relatively easy to answer, yet many people probably scratch their heads when it comes to answering it. Really, folks, it should not be that hard to answer.
Although I am certainly not a motivational speaker by trade, I know what motivates me when I get up in the morning. Among the things:
- Wanting to be productive;
- Wanting to do more than I did the previous day;
- Wanting to further my career opportunities;
- Wanting to contribute in some means no matter how small to society;
- Wanting to make sure that I take advantage of each and every day.
Now that I mentioned what motivates me, do any of those sentiments resonate with you?
What Motivates You?
In all honesty, all of us have days where we feel like we have to trudge through the day just to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Some days our motivation level is about as small as it can be. In those cases, how do you make it a productive day?
While this may sound a little corny to some folks, I always remind myself of how life could be so different, albeit not in a good way.
As I watch the fires on TV this week in Colorado, my heart goes out to those residents. I survived a pair of fires in the last decade here in Southern California, so I know very well what they are going through.
One woman being interviewed on TV was asked how she and her family are getting through this, wondering if they will have a home to go back to. Her simple response was that they had each other and their animals, so
they could rebuild their personal lives and their business if necessary. As she put, you have to keep going and appreciate each and every moment you have.
As you sit at work today or are traveling for a business meeting, keep in mind what this woman and tons of other people go through on a daily basis.
Everyone is tested in life, sometimes on what seems like an almost regular basis.
The key to succeeding is finding the motivation to overcome adversity, be it in your professional or personal life.
I’ll ask again…. what motivates you?