What it Takes to Turn On Your Career Motivation and Fly Among the Stars
Is your career motivation TURNED ON? By now you already should know why and how to get motivated for your career development planning and how to boost your career.
There are many ways to describe career motivation.
The simplest way to find out is to ask yourself if you are "turned on" by what you are doing.
Some simple questions to ask yourself are:
- Are you enjoying what you are doing?
- Do you look forward to coming to work everyday?
- Does your time at work pass quickly?
- Do you feel like you are contributing effectively?
- And, are you growing and developing as a person?
If you answer "yes" - then great!
On the other hand, if it is a "no" - then maybe it is time for you to do something about your motivation to take your career to the next level.
Yes, I know, we all have our bad days at work - that goes without saying. But generally speaking you should be having more good days at work than the bad ones.
Signs to watch out for
If your motivation is low, then there are usually some telltale signs that go with it.
Some of them are:
- Feeling bored and difficulty with getting through the day
- No sense of accomplishment
- Low morale and low self esteem
- Low or no interest in the job and getting things done
- No interest in development, change and career next steps
This is a small list. There are many others that can be added but I think you get the point.
If you feel or sense this then you may be going through a period of low career motivation.
Reasons for lack of career motivation
Sometimes low motivation happens as a result of other events.
These could be both at work or outside of work.
Typical work events that may lead to low career motivation are:
- Doing something you do not enjoy doing
- Lack of recognition from manager or others
- Poor guidance, advice and lack of direction
- No clear vision and common goals
- No feedback, untimely feedback or inappropriate feedback
- Someone else getting promoted when you were a better candidate
- Poor work environment
- Compensation and benefits related issues or concerns
- No opportunity for career growth and development
- No on who can listen to your issues or concerns and give you feedback
There could be many other events that may lead to low career motivation.
Work may not be the only reason.
Ask yourself what other issues, events and situations outside of work may be causing low career motivation.
What about YOU?
Yes, are you the cause?
It may be worthwhile to look yourself in the mirror or do some self-reflection to determine if your attitude, beliefs, behaviors and outlook in life is a cause of your low career motivation.
Maybe you did experience a bad event at work. Maybe there was something that happened that is causing the low feeling.
Do you let it get to you or should you do something about it?
Remember, the choice is yours!
You can choose to do something about it if you want to improve your career motivation.
Why do something about low career motivation?
It goes without saying that your career motivation, career development planning and career change go hand in hand.
They are closely tied to each other.
What you think and feel and the way you think and feel have an immense impact on what you do.
If you do not look forward to going to work, if you do not enjoy your time at work then it is inevitable that you will experience low career motivation.
Doing something about your low career motivation is the first step before you start implementing any career change or
your employee development plan.
Your low career motivation will have a negative impact on your plans.
It is almost as if you want to move forward but there is something like an invisible chain that holds you back.
At times you will also not be aware of it that this invisible chain is working against you.
This can happen to anyone in any job, but those in larger organisations are particularly prone to it.
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Should you fix low career motivation?
Simple answer but has a big impact.
Why? Because, of all the reasons I stated in the section above.
On the other hand, if you don't want to do anything about it then go away, give yourself a break and come back to this question later...
...and when you do come back and reflect again I hope you say yes!
Don't be expecting to deliver great results in your job, get a new job, make a career change or get a promotion with low levels of career motivation. It will be difficult to make it happen.
If you are serious about it, then do something about your situation.
There are many ways to get motivated. Read on and pick one that will work for you...
How to get turned on?
Here is a short list of ways you can get turned on in your career. Take a look and pick some... There are many others as well.
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- 10 year highs & lows - this is a simple exercise that you can do quickly. Take a sheet of paper and draw a horizontal line through its middle. Divide the line into smaller chunks so you can plot significant moments in your life & career starting from your birth to the present year. Positive memories/events go on top, not so good ones go below. If you want, write a few words around each plot so it makes sense to you. Once you have done this take a look at it and see what you have learned. In particular, see if you can draw some common themes. Look at the positive moments and accomplishments in your life and career. Feel good about it and draw positive energy. Think about how you can leverage those accomplishments to take your career motivation forward in a good way.
- Self reflection & discovery - you can do this with the above exercise or by itself. Key here is to better understand yourself and gain self-insight. Doing this makes you more aware of how you function as a person, see the world, analyse information and make decisions. This process also brings out our strengths and weaknesses. Use the information to understand and develop a plan to play to your strengths and improve your career motivation.
- Learning from good and bad - in life you will experience both the ups and downs and the good and bad. That is how it works. But, there is a way out. You can choose to look at the low points and learn from it. Look for the lessons. Reflect on the moments and see what you can learn from the not so good experiences. What are they trying to tell you? Is there a theme? What can you do differently next time you experience something similar? How can you draw on that experience for your motivation to boost your career ?
- Find ways to overcome fear - fear is our biggest enemy! All of us fear something or the other. Fear of failure, fear of losing our job, fear of losing our face, fear of incompetence. I can go on and on. What holds you back? What have you wanted to do in your life but yet to do it? Career motivation or lack of can be related to fear. To break out of this invisible prison you have to find ways of overcoming it. Find small activities, tasks that challenge you and do them. This will build your confidence to slowly escape from your prison of fear...
- Reading - have you heard of GIGO? It means 'garbage in, garbage out'. Well, reading is a great way of turning GIGO on its head and making sure you feed good quality stuff to your head for better career motivation. If you have not, then cultivate a habit of using great
career reading resources:
good business or career books, magazines, journals, websites, ezines and blogs. Reading makes you think, reflect and dream. It builds knowledge. It opens up new possibilities as different ideas come to your head. Reading also keeps you sane and balanced particularly when you are working within a very predictable company culture. A lot of my career and self growth has taken place as a result of reading regularly. Make reading a part of your daily practice - it will reap wonders for your career motivation.
- Looking up to someone you admire - think of someone you admire and look up to. They could be your friends, colleagues, superiors, subordinates and even people you don't know but have heard of them or have read about. Create opportunities to talk to them. Find out what it is they do in life that motivates them and keeps them going. Ask them questions. Offer to take them out to lunch or drive them to the airport particularly if they are a busy person and hard to get to. You will usually find a minefield of great information that will inspire you and give your career motivation a shot. These people are all over. You just have to find them. When was the last time you did something like this? What was the result?
The power of positive attitude
A positive attitude will do wonders for you...
- It will make your day go by quickly
- You will be open to new and interesting things in your life...also known as serendipity
- Challenges will not overwhelm you, rather you will find a way around them
- You will have less stress
- You will feel good and in turn people around you will feel good which leads to higher productivity
There are many other benefits.
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