When you feel least motivated at work or in any role in your life, what is keeping you from being motivated? Perhaps it is a poor work environment, insufficient rewards, a difficult boss or coworkers. Or is it?
The surprising answer to motivational deficits are not individual relationships and physical environment or a lack of financial reward, but rather on your ability to control your destiny and the alignment of what you are doing to your personal values and vision. Certainly all the variables in your surroundings help, and may make your work less onerous, but true motivation comes from internal factors:
- Control of your own work: how, when and by what method you achieve the goal
- Ability to do the job well: having the skills, knowledge and support to do a great job
- Alignment of the goal with your own personal values and goals
The first two are driven by management culture, and are key elements of engagement, but the third is only possible if you have a sense of your own personal vision. In fact, having a personal vision, a passion for something larger than your own personal gain, is such a strong motivator, that it can overcome the first two factors and drive you to unprecedented success and achievement.
Think about Gandhi who began a career as a mediocre lawyer, and discovered his purpose to overcome the abject poverty of his people, and their feelings of inferiority, and rose to greatness and influence on the power of that vision.
How can you develop your own personal vision?
First, start with identifying your core values, then work on envisioning a future in which those values are all honored to their highest in your life and work. This becomes your personal vision. Now look at the work and life you have and start planning how this can change into the life and work you need to manifest your personal vision.
Your vision enables your most powerful self to emerge.