Many people, especially those who are already doing well, struggle with motivation. That represents a significant loss of potential, because those who have already achieved some level of success have demonstrated their ability to channel motivation into output.
While I think that it’s important to be able to work with as little motivation as possible, there’s no point in making things harder than they have to be. Working is easier and more enjoyable when we are properly motivated, so learning to motivate ourselves is a valuable skill. It is possible, and maybe even preferable, to be motivated by work itself. If you are not able to love your work and be motivated by it, you are definitely in the wrong field. However, all of us go through periods of time when our immediate tasks are not overly motivating.
Consider external motivation to be the ignition key to your productivity engine. Work is usually most motivating when you’re in the zone and working on an interesting problem, but sometimes we need a little push to get there.
Work for the sake of work, appreciate what you have, and don’t become such a workaholic that you miss out on the joys of life. However, think big. What would be worthwhile to work extremely hard for? What would get you out of bed excited to go to work in the morning? You are not required to publicly share or even be proud of your motivation. Find it first, then channel it into great work, and then think about what you want and examine the motivations behind it.
How do you stay motivated at work? Tell me in the comments. I love to hear from you.