Perhaps the number of clients that ask, “Can you do something to help with motivation,” shouldn’t surprise me? A large part of our workplace motivation has to do with culture, purpose, and the attitudes of the people. With that said, we all might benefit from some motivational reminders.
I’ve written about it before, how we need to connect people with purpose to really help drive motivation. If asked, how many employees will quickly connect their motivation with pay? However, pay is not the only motivator and in fact, it likely is not the most important motivator.
Motivation can come from many sources. It can come from being inspired. It can come from fear, anger, embarrassment, and more. We can argue about whether our motivation is from a good source or a bad one. We might also consider, “Will it last?”
Do you need motivational reminders? Here are five popular jump starters:
- Competition. As an individual on the team you want to be the top performer (sales, engineer, manager, etc.) or as a team you compare to your external competition. You want to be the best.
- Proof. Have you ever wanted to prove the naysayers wrong? It is sometimes a fantastic motivator. When you know you can, just let someone tell you that you can’t.
- Pressure. Everyone in my family is successful I need to step it up. This also works in comparison with the neighbors and with the pending class reunion. Even social media might be a driver.
- Dreams. You have a vision and nothing will stop you. You know that you can and no one is going to take away your dream. It is possible and you are going to make it happen.
- Professionalism. You are a professional. This is what you do. You solve problems, build things, or care for others in need. It is the image of who you are and you won’t tarnish the profession.
Connect with your purpose and you might find all the motivation you need. Some of the best might be motivated by more than one thing. Perhaps it is a collection.
Not Just Another Day
Sometimes it is the reminder that this is not just another day, it is today, and you’ll have make something happen.
If someone suggests it is just another day maybe they need some motivation.
One of my personal favorites is that you don’t just live once, you live every day. You die once.
This article was originally published on June 22, 2017, it was last updated on September 28, 2018.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.