Motivation, Purpose and Direction. Leave any of them out, and your satisfaction and success will suffer.
What motivates us deeply is NOT what demotivates us deeply.
Without intrinsic motivation, any purpose is far more difficult to reach. Having a plan to get there, having direction, is then the third leg of the stool to reach our career sweet spot. And we must not get discouraged or demotivated if we can’t immediately see the product of our labor. Social impact is difficult to measure but can help to maintain motivation and feel aligned with a greater purpose.
We must first of all know ourselves well and understand the drivers of our motivation, what we are ready, willing and able for. This is a self awareness journey that never ends. In the pursuit of our “broader essentials” that are so seldom asked and analyzed.
We need to define our own purpose as well, our goals or where we want to go and why we should go there. That means understanding our own long term objectives in order to set for ourselves an idea of what accomplishment means.
Like any navigation system we also need direction, because we need a plan and know how the objective is to be reached.
Last but not least, master your learning!
Being deeply motivated at work helps us stay motivated and have purpose in our wider lives. Work is also one of the key ways we help and serve others.