So, What Drives You?
Do you ever ask yourself “What motivates me and makes me want to wake up each morning to challenge each day?”
Often people do not have any idea about what motivates them. Many people rise each morning, mainly because they must go to work, unusually the purpose and/or intention is to get paid and therefore off to work they go. Receiving a paycheck is a necessity to pay bills, expenses and of course our free-spirited spending, gift giving, and entertainment. There are many ways that we love to spend money!
As a society, we work to get paid. When fortunate, we have a career where we have passion and purpose. Inspiration and motivation comes more freely to us, and we look forward to our performance at work. When working is just a simple mundane function of earning a living, often we may choose to run away from it when given the chance; maybe not report to the office when we can wiggle out of going. But just working to pay bills, and not fulfilling a calling, can eliminate the motivation in life. We feel motivated when we pursue our dreams and are fulfilling a destiny or passion, rather than just chasing a dollar.
Money is the means to an end… Many people think that’s all they want, but that is not the result. In fact, what we truly want is a sense of accomplishment and self-worth. We may want to have those beautiful and fine possessions, and why not? It makes us feel rewarded or worthy, maybe prestigious and gives us a sense of achievement. So, when we dig deep, what we really want is not the money, we only need it to purchase what we desire.
If we chase money blindly, we may end up wealthy, but may not feel self-fulfilled.
There’s a saying…. “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”
Motivation should come from within, not from outside. It is not the physical things or money that will motivate us; It’s the feeling of ownership, the feeling of being proud and the sense of accomplishment that drives us.
Love what you do and own it!!
In Wellness, Ilana Moses,
Founder and CEO of FSA