Are you noticing that what used to motivate you no longer has the same fire? Yet you struggle with naming what has changed in your life so you can reconnect with that lost energy. Plus you’re getting conflicting messages and are not sure whether it is something you have lost or something you have gained that is causing this disconnect.
Does any of this resonate with you?
On one hand, you know that you have become more deliberate and discerning in your life and business, yet on the other hand it is difficult to fathom why something that has fueled your efforts for years seems to have disappeared without warning.
Perhaps you are experiencing:
> Disdain towards a leader you once admired and respected;
> Resentment towards helping a colleague now when previously doing so left you feeling generous and bighearted;
> Ambivalence towards digging through your stash of loyalty cards trying to find the one that entitles you to get 10,000 free points which really only adds up to a few bucks for your effort.
Wouldn’t it be great if when going through a transition you had a Google Alert in your email in box? It would warn you that in 30 days you will be a different person, explains why, and tells you exactly how you will change. Unfortunately, I don’t get these kinds of alerts. Do you?
Perhaps you are experiencing what Daniel Pink calls our ‘third drive’ – our innate need to:
* Direct our own lives;
* To learn and create new things;
* Do better by ourselves and our world.
From Pink’s latest book: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us:
“Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does – and how that affects every aspect of life. He demonstrates that while carrots and sticks worked successfully in the twentieth century, that’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges. In Drive, he examines the three elements of true motivation – autonomy, mastery and purpose – and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action.”
As individuals, it is important to know what is driving your tendencies. Equally important is to know when your drivers change because it will affect how you measure your actions and the satisfaction you derive from them.
As a leader, you will be affected since what motivated employees five years ago may not be relevant today. Some motivation changes can be attributed to phase and stage in life while other changes can be attributed to an internal drive – named or unnamed.
Share with us any motivation changes you have noticed lately.