Leadership Coach Lolly Daskal and Psychologist Ark Markman shared some very insightful and practical tips in this pressing question some of us go through in our lives: How Do I Find The Motivation To Get To The Next Stage of My Career?
Here’s what experts said..
If you want to advance but need a jumpstart of motivation, start thinking about what you haven’t accomplished yet.
To help you explore your options, I recommend the technique of looking back to look forward.
Studies on regret show that, when people in their 70s and 80s look back on their life, they often regret things they didn’t do (like never learning to salsa dance or playing a musical instrument) rather than mistakes they made or ventures that failed. You can use a little mental time travel to think about what you might regret.
This perspective often helps bring to light other dreams that you can pursue as you move forward.
Read full article: How Do I Find The Motivation To Get To The Next Stage of My Career?
Here are my additional thoughts (you know me, I love giving my opinion):
If you read the article, take a guess at my favorite suggestion. If you haven’t read it, I’ll fill you in… TAKE A RISK! (That’s number 5 in the article).
I accepted my new title as “Miss Do.” It is important to take time to slow down and process our thoughts, strategize and implement a plan of action. That is a very important part of the process. In fact, it does give you some sort of direction, however slight it is. You want to know what gets you results? DOING IT! Do something! I say that all the time.
I speak to WAYYYY too many people that tell me every book they read, every training they have gone to, every expert they even follow and possibly spoke to and yet…. THEY ARE STILL IN THE SAME BOAT! Why? Because they are still “figuring it out.”
When I ask someone who reaches out to me what they would like to do for a career, I get a very common response like this.
“I’m a teacher, but I’ve always wanted to be a gardener”
“I’m an accountant, but I’ve always wanted to be a sports agent”
First of all, they already have an idea of what they want to do. They are asking the wrong question. This has been identified. The right question I then ask is this:
“Why are you not doing that?”
“I haven’t figured it out yet.”
When I ask what they have done to try to figure it out, an alarming number of people have actually gone through great efforts to research and train themselves to do it. They just never actually did anything with that information. They’re still “figuring it out.”
The truth is, they are afraid of taking a risk.
This is what Proverbs 26:13-16 referred to as the “lazy fool”!
13 The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, “I can’t go outside because there might be a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” 14 As a door turns back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. 15 Some people are so lazy that they won’t lift a finger to feed themselves. 16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.
It looks like Solomon and I had the same pet peeve- excuses and inaction!
Commit to take ONE small RISK this week. Challenge: Go public with it, write it in the comments.
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