by Now What?® Coaching Founder, Laura Berman Fortgang
Finding yourself losing your satisfaction with your work or feeling like you just can’t motivate yourself the way you used to? Maybe you are even losing steam on a job search. Whatever the scenario, knowing why you are doing something and having a compelling reason to do so (besides a pay check) is a huge factor in succeeding at what you want to do.
Many people don’t realize it, but their loss of interest or mojo may have everything to do with what had motivated them in the past to get them to where they are now. What I mean is that we can actually outgrow our motivation! For example, if you were motivated to not be poor like your parents and now you have plenty of money but are losing interest in your work, it may very well be because you are not running on a motivator that means anything to you today. You already reached where the old motivation got you to! It’s time for a new drive!
On the other hand, there are situations where people are sooooo driven, that they ruin their relationships or the quality of their lives in tireless pursuit. Neither way seems to be how we are supposed to be living. The ideal, as years of listening to people tells me, is to have passion and a sensible balance (although not always consistent or perfect).
To find new motivation that is both healthy and up to date think about the following questions:
What vow did you make a long time ago that may now need updating?
(i.e. I’ll never be poor like my parents or I won’t be stuck like my mother/father was or I won’t be a teenage pregnancy statistic)
What needs must be met for you to be happy at work?
What issue calls you or galls you to the point where it motivates you to take action?
What image for the future compels you to want to make it happen?
When you are running on new fuel that matches who you are today and that means something to you, you will find it so much easier to take action even in the face of adversity.
Get into DRIVE and go!!!!
Nicola Stevens says
Thank you Laura for writing about this tricky subject in such a clear fashion. So many like to respond to this lack or dwindling motivation & mojo with a increased, more focused drive. Can I ask you if I can toward your article to social media sites?
Awhile ago I lost my passion for finding my passion so I decided to stay quiet for a while and just listen…the answers came..the people came…and one of them was Laura…sometimes we have to hear what our life is saying and when we do.we jump with both feet.and change is easy..