What fuels your passion when you wake up to start your day? If someone were to come up and ask what it is that motivates you, how would you answer? Some people might say money and others might say to make a difference in someone’s life. Regardless of what your motive is, it is important to recognize what you really are waking up for each morning and to be able to balance those achievements within each area of your life. According to Oxford Dictionary, the definition of the word motivation is “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way”. All individuals have their own steps in the way they want to succeed and sometimes we lose sight of the real reason we come to work every day. It’s easy to become distracted in the workplace, whether it’s because of social media, no motivation because of lack of sleep the night before, or conversing with coworkers. Many only have a few chances in their careers to reach their ultimate goals, so when will you begin? In fact, how many times do you meet people who are more successful than you are and wonder how they got there? Most individuals want to live with no regrets in their career/life and thus are motivated to not disappoint themselves. How proficient are you at seeing and seizing opportunity? There are many opportunities to achieve greatness in the workplace. Achievement is quite simple, as long as you are willing to put not 110 but 111 percent of the drive in your day.
According to psychologist Abraham Maslow’s paper “A Theory of Human Motivation”, there are basic needs that must be met before individuals can progress higher on this hierarchy of needs. Physiology needs, such as food, water, and shelter, must be met first before safety can be met. Safety is giving the individual a sense of security, financially and personally. Next are love and the sense of belonging from your family, friendships and relationships. Furthermore, once a person meets the quality of having higher self esteem, self-actualization can be completed, which is the desire to achieve everything you possibly can and become the most that you can be. According to these needs, an individual must be in good health, safe and secure with meaningful relationships and confidence before you are able to be the most you can be. But do not be fearful that you have not met these needs. Having a hard work ethic and a strong will to succeed will take you many places in life and that hard work will pay off in the future.
Continue to remind yourself that what you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. Steve Jobs stated, “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life”. Your work fills up most of your life, so take advantage of the opportunities and continue to work hard and drive to be successful. Remember, happiness is one of the greatest motivations to fuel that passion of yours. Step back, relax and enjoy the journey.