I see sales managers all over the world trying to figure out ways to motivate their teams to sell more. Impelling someone to focus on doing something you desire is always a dicey endeavor at best. Just ask the parent of a teenager if you can ‘make’ anyone do anything. Their answer may take hours and involve some tears or yelling. Rarely, do we make decisions based on the impelling of others unless you are motivated by public opinion. Then it’s usually relegated to a small group of people you are trying to belong to, and that usually ends up disastrous.
Why do you do what you do? Work, personal life, and family choices are all included. What makes you get up every day? Perhaps you have decided to work third shift. I did for a while. How do you ensure you are not the only one doing the work around the house? Maybe you are because you are afraid to speak up. Like it or not, I sacrificed a great deal for my children and spouse. In hindsight, probably too much. I had few friends and didn’t do much that didn’t revolve around my direct family. I told myself it was because parenting was a priority to me, but I now know there were other things at play. Again, why do you do what you do?
What are the inner forces that drive you to do the hard work needed to make your future possible? Can you motivate yourself without the encouragement of others?
We’ve already asked you about the forces that impel you, but other than considering them what have you done? Now I am going to ask you to focus on them even more. Take a few minutes and brainstorm on the things that motivate you. What are the parts of your personal and professional life that give you purpose? Make a list of at least 10 items or people. Then choose the top three elements that impel you. This may be difficult to narrow down to three but do your best. After you have determined the top 3, post them in as many places as you can. Kitchen fridge, social media, office desk, and home screen on your smartphone are all good options. Use these reminders as moments to focus on the areas that truly impel you and this will help you accomplish even more.
This blog is part of a series from the book Discover Your Best Life by Mike Hintz. His personal, professional, and spiritual growth tools are also featured in Northlink Retreats. If this topic resonates with you consider reading the book or attending one of the upcoming retreats.