What Motivates You?

It’s 2010…time to be inspired. In Dan Pink’s book, Drive, he talks about the 3 things that motivate people. Take a look at the list below and see if you agree:

1) Autonomy. Nobody wants to be micromanaged. It feels like someone’s spying on you. Pink states we must be actively engaged, yet self-directed in our work. Sure we need accountability for our results, BUT we also need the freedom to achieve it our way.

2) Mastery. Who doesn’t want to get better at what you do? (If you don’t it’s probably a sign that you need to change careers) This is about intrinsic enjoyment. Imagine how our jobs would differ if we gave ourselves honest, monthly, performance reviews? We all strive to achieve in some area of our lives. That’s why career coaching is essential in development. If we’re not improving performance, we become a liability.

3) Purpose. Why? Your purpose is bigger than you. It’s about significance and meaning. We all want to make a difference and contribute. What is your current purpose at work? If you believe in your purpose, you’re most likely engaged at work. If you don’t, you’ve considered quitting before.

I’d argue that you need all three to be fulfilled at work. When they are not available to us, we feel stifled. Evaluate your current situation and see how many of the three you have working for you now. Start this new year off right by being driven at work!

Need help with motivating yourself? What better way to start the new year than with a personal coach to help you clarify your goals, boost self-confidence and work to your full potential! Just e-mail Scott and he’ll take care of the rest!

Imagine how much more successful you can be with the help of a coach!

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