What Motivates Me?
This question seems to come up more often than not, and I can’t help but think, “what IS my motivation?” For starters, motivation means the general desire or willingness to do something. It is what drives you to do what you do. It could be physical, wanting to look a certain way; mental, to feel a certain way; self-serving, wanting to be better, or the opposite, doing something to help someone else. Motivation is only limited by your imagination and comes in all shapes and sizes.
I’ve always had the voice in my head that tells me, “you need to work hard to get where you want to be.” I’ll admit, sometimes it gets obnoxious, but the other 98% of the time it really does set me straight (thanks, mom!). My number one habit (one of which I highly recommend to anyone wanting to prioritize their day) is writing down my to-dos and any ideas that pop into my head. This helps set a clear layout for the day and allows me to focus on what absolutely needs to get done.
On top of that, I wake up every morning with the desire to work for myself. I’ve worked for many companies, learning the ins and outs of how their businesses run, customer retention, sales, etc. I know it’s possible to do it on my own, it’s just a matter of when and how. Fortunately, I have the freedom right now to explore these ideas, my creativity and learn from it – and truly accept the fact that mistakes will happen and continue to grow into what I want to be.
Of course, there will be days where everything seems unattainable and difficult, but that is the exact mindset one must break away from. In order to fully explore your motivation and desires, you need to BELIEVE in your ability to do it!
Perhaps the strongest and most important motivator that I have found is simply a love for whatever it is you want to do and/or learn. For most, money is their motivator but that isn’t something that will bring happiness and fulfillment to your life. I think it is important to fully understand what it is you want to do or be, and build on that. Even if it takes time, EMBRACE the process, let yourself explore the possibilities! Let yourself learn and use it in your everyday to where it becomes second nature.
I have this written down next to my nightstand as a reminder to love the process even if it’s difficult or feel a sense of doubt. It’s so unbelievably important to learn to love the journey of self-improvement, self-motivation, and self-discovery; it’s (usually) not an easy route but it is crucial if you want to pursue your passions and feel that sense of fulfillment in what you do.
So to answer the unenviable question, “what motivates me?” The answer will always be ME. I have the mindset in place to truly want to pursue my dreams and I’m allowing myself to figure it all out. It’s entirely okay to feel doubt, to feel pressured, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of your motives, you’re good! I encourage everyone to be their own motivation. Find your calling, and just dive in!