Directors and actors have asked this question to help define the emotion of the character. I am using this question to drive productivity and happiness.
So, really, what is your motivation? What is your purpose? What is it you love doing? Once you can pinpoint this, you are on your way.
I met with a woman last week who is interested in leaving her marketing job. We talked about her situation and why she wanted to leave. She had some ideas she thought would be of interest so we discussed them. Then, she mentioned a side project. THIS WAS HER PASSION. I could tell and she could too. This is what got her out of bed in the morning. This was what really excited her and motivated her. Within a day of meeting with her, she’s been actively reaching out to others to build contacts. (Oh, by the way, she says she isn’t very good at networking! LOL).
Do I need to say more?
Now is the time to figure out what your motivation is. Money is nice. It pays the bills. But I can pretty much guarantee if you are only in it for the money, you will be out on the streets looking for a new job sooner than you expect. You owe it to yourself to at least explore the motivational avenue. You’ve got nothing to lose!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.