What motivates you to get up in the morning, every day, all day?
One of the questions that is asked by life and business coaches (bad coaches in my mind) is a negative one.
What keeps you up at night?
The problem with that, it starts with worry, anxiety, and fear.
That’s not how I want to live my life or run my business.
But we’re talking about motivation here. We’re not talking about what gets you up in the morning with having a cup of coffee on your deck and looking out at a sunrise in your meadow with deer running through it and rabbits not far behind.
No, we’re talking about what is your purpose. Your purpose should be based on one question.
What motivates you?
Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He’s the author of the classic “Start With Why”; his latest book is “Leaders Eat Last,” which comes from our military leadership perspective. If he gets it, should not you? If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re a leader, whether you like it or not because you’re leading a change. A change in your life, but also a change in your client’s life, too. So what does Sinek say?
But his question of asking yourself “why” is the nuclear bomb of getting to the heart of what motivates you.
What gets you up in the morning can be reframed to ask: why are you here?
Here’s the reason why you ask why.
I talk with a number of people all week long and when I get to the point of asking them what they do for a living, I can hear in their voice whether they’re doing what they love or hate their job/work. A majority are not motivated at all.
One thirty something gentleman I asked gave an Eeyore (from Winnie the Pooh) type answer, “I’m in car finance….” After asking him a few pointed questions about his childhood he suddenly began jumping up and down in my passenger seat of my car saying, “I know what I wanted to be growing up, I know what I wanted to be growing up, …” I then turned to him and asked, “So Ralph, what DID you want to be growing up?”
“I wanted to be a pilot!” (If you want to know what this looks like, watch the Disney movie “The Kid” and you’ll get the idea here).
I told him as we were arriving at his location, “I can’t guarantee that you’ll pilot a Boeing 747, but isn’t it nicer to do something that excites you rather than stifles you?”
It’s better to do 50% of what you love than 100% of what you dislike.
Contact me and let’s get you started in doing what you’re called to do in the marketplace.