I thought that I would write a blog on motivation after talking to a few people who say that their motivation is low. I am lucky in that I have quite a lot of self-motivation (if it is luck – and I am not sure that it is, to be honest). I know that a lot of people do struggle with motivation.
I have been considering why I have the self-motivation that I have. Is it something that I have always had? It is probably a mixture of how I was brought up and gaining an interest in personal development which led me to study for my coaching and training practice in order that I can help others in this field. However, doing something that I really love helps tremendously!
What also spurred me on in writing this article was at the time of writing I was somewhere, for work purposes, that did not fulfil me as I was there to do a specific role, outside what I normally do. This was a customer service type role for a part-time, very infrequent role that I do. As it was very quiet from a customer point of view, I did not feel motivated. Due to my very specific job role there was nothing else I could do in respect of my paid work. I realised that I had to create my own motivation. What could I do that I love doing that would enable me to fulfil the job role, i.e. be there when needed, but which I could easily put down and pick up around customers arriving and departing? Yes, it was writing this blog! The learning from this experience is that if we are not feeling very motivated by something that we are currently doing, we may need to get that motivation in some other way. If you can do what you love doing (which I do for most of the time) go for it!
In summary, life is too short to spend too long doing the things that don’t fulfil your potential. Self-motivation comes from within. Find out what makes you happy – and try to do more of it. Being motivated will help you do something to a higher level of competence as you will try harder to succeed if you are really motivated in what you do. Also sometimes, if you are putting a task off, due to lack of motivation, you may find that once you start the task the motivation will come. Try it and see and do let me know how you get on.