What is Your Job Motivation?

I was reading an online article the other day that was aimed at helping to prepare job seekers for the interview process. If you are asked in an interview "What motivates you?" , what would you say?   Of course, the article provided some good answers but you should know that about yourself long, long before you ever sit in front of an interviewer.

What does motivate you?

What do you get excited about?

What energizes you?

Answering the question is a great exercise for anyone, whether looking for a job or not.

Motivation is about more than just a job .  In a larger sense, it is your reason for being, your mission in life, your passion, that which feeds your soul.  Contrary to what some think, motivation can't be forced upon someone or coerced. Motivation comes from within a person and it's different for everyone.

Golden Handcuffs

It might seem like we all work for money, but there is much more to it than that. Many people are not highly motivated by money. I'm not, are you? Don't get me wrong, money is necessary and useful, but I've had jobs that were so miserable to me that no matter how much money I made, it didn't matter.  We don't all work for the same reward.

Have you ever heard someone say they had "golden handcuffs"? That expression is when someone makes so much money that they "can't afford" to leave their job.  The pay becomes a pair of handcuffs shackling them to their job, a self-imposed prison .  Yes, a self-imposed prison- no one is forcing them to stay at the job- it's their choice. Ultimately we all make choices on how we spend our time and energy. Being handcuffed to anything, even if in our minds, creates stress and unhappiness. The feeling that you have no choice is depressing and puts you in victim mode.  You feel powerless, but in fact you are NOT powerless.

Take back your power and create a life that satisfies you. You can't change your life instantly, but you can change it.  Step by step, you can create the life of your dreams.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint

I've run marathons before and trained many others to do the same, so let's use the marathon analogy.  A marathon is a 26.2 mile race.  On the first day of training we run about 2 miles.  That's all.  Then each week for about 8 months we gradually increase the mileage.  The difference from week to week is almost not noticeable, but by race day we are ready to do the entire 26.2 miles! Our minds and bodies are transformed, little by little, and literally step-by-step.

You can do the same in your life!  Good luck.

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