Keeping yourself motivated at work (and life in general) sometimes is a challenge. Especially when people around you are not happy and you feel burned out. There came a time that I had difficulty motivating myself. It felt like I was not meant for my current role and I started asking myself, “Could I take more of these heartbreaks I get? Is this what I want? Is it worth it? Can I really be good at it?” And it made motivating others a lot harder.
So I asked one of my mentors what motivates him. He shared that he has a vision of what he wants to be and everything he does now and all the decisions he makes are in line with what he wants to achieve in the long run. He is also motivated of having visible results and leaving a legacy.
It makes sense. If you know that what you’re doing builds the road that will lead you to your ultimate dream, you have the drive to go on and on, no matter what hardship comes along the way.
Then he asked me why the question. It was because I’ve been thinking about what I really wanted to do with my career and couldn’t really come up with anything certain. I felt like it’s about time I had this figured out so that my current moves will be in line with that goal.
I read somewhere that you should think about your passion, something that you’d be so willing to do even without getting paid (because money will just follow). You can also ask yourself a series of questions that start with “What makes you happy?” My first answer is, I want to make other people happy. (Not as a comedian, of course. I’m poor with punch lines and I have stage fright.) And then I’m stuck!
Who in particular? How do you define happy? Are you the one to define it or the other people? These are some of the questions he suggested to further refine the first one.
Aside from what makes you happy, you also have to look at your means and talent. Sometimes it is a decision of what you want to be, my mentor said. Consider your strengths and how you can utilize them and contribute to a greater purpose. It’s like being realistic in a sense. Ah, and create a vision board. It helps.
It’s true. Once I have decided on the path I will take, I was able to lay down some concrete plans in order to get there. Sometimes self-doubt would sneak in, but gone were the days when I feel like I’m stuck somewhere wasting time. So just make that decision and keep going on. It’s not going to be easy, but I believe if you put your faith in it, it’s going to be worth it.
“In this world, there is no such thing as a foolish dream.” ~Dream High