Do you know what motivates you? What drives you to succeed or even to make bad decisions? I’ve been listening to a ton of true crime podcasts which makes me question a whole different set of motivations. Some are more apparent than others and some will never logically make sense to me. Still, it got me thinking about motivation in general and how much it can drive us to accomplish or destroy.
For me, it seems like I need motivation for everything I do—to work out and eat healthy, to do a good job at work, to resist the temptation to spend money. What’s interesting in this is that it can really be telling for each of us as we learn more about ourselves. Over the years, I’ve learned that I am mainly intrinsically motivated. Sure bonuses or monetary compensation help, but most of my longer-term motivation comes from my own desire to do better, whether that be for my own personal pride or for my family. This being said, I’ve also noticed that there are some things I’m more motivated towards versus others and over the years, many of these things seems to evolve. I don’t let this bother me because I believe life is very much about give and take. Very few people, if any, can juggle every aspect of life perfectly all the time. I sacrifice what is less important to me in one instance for what is more important to me. And, I’ve learned to be okay with this as I’ve gotten older. I won’t say I’ve gotten soft or given up, but more like gotten smarter about what I’m juggling.
Happy writing this week and I hope that motivations is pushing you where you want to go. If it’s not, then perhaps it’s time to ask yourself why.