What Motivates You?

You get up and go to work everyday, why?  Unless you’re the beneficiary of a hefty trust fund, paying the bills, (car, life, health insurance, the mortgage, food bill, college tuition) and so own tend to be great motivators.  But what’s your dream.  What is the one thing causes you to pause and say, some day.  Some day I will ____________.

Why do we need the dream, because some days paying the mortgage just isn’t enough.  It’s the end of a long day at the end of a very long week.  You’ve had 6 sales and 2 returns, no reason to panic but somewhat demoralizing.  So far today one secretary called out sick, the copier broke, and the repair that is to be delivered in 30 minutes is nowhere to be found.

What is the solution?  Take 5 minutes.  Go into your office and lock the door.  Take out a piece of paper and write down the following.

5 Things I Want That Aren’t Rational

Make sure the lists include the following.

  1. A range of costs (free is allowed).
  2. Encompass several time periods (tomorrow, in six months, in five years)
  3. Permanent to fleeting (think exotic vacation versus vacation home)

Make this about what you want, not what you think you should want.  You are making those lists for those days, sometimes weeks and every so often those months that we all have.  The ones that threaten to force you to bring out the for sale sign, pack it in, move to the Cayman Islands and try your hand at selling seashells by the side of the road.  Yes that’s on my list and if you’re curious it’s currently at number 3 with a bullet.