Yesterday I asked you to reflect on two key questions: First, what motivates you? And second, what do you fear most in your life? Today I want to continue our discussion because your answers will have a direct bearing on how successful you are in creating a life and a career you love.
Everyone encounters challenges in their lives. Some are mere speed bumps, others involve life and death. Psychologists will tell you that searching for a job when you are unemployed is as stressful as going through a divorce, or when death claims your spouse or your child.
The search for a job can be very isolating if we allow it. That is why many people are turning to career consultants and coaches to help and support them. While coaches can play a crucial role in the job seeker’s success, they are, at best, catalysts who help the client bring out the best that’s in them. However, the job-seeker must still do the work. And it is at this point that motivation becomes crucial.
Different things motivate different people. What motivates you? If you are uncertain, try this little exercise. Take a few moments to jot down some of your most significant achievements. Then examine each situation to determine what inner or outer elements produced the energy for you to succeed. Several key factors will emerge. You will know what motivates you and you can then take that answer and employ it in your career design and development. Your past experience provides the template for future success.