To The Future Leaders: Make Sure You Recognize Your Drivers and Motivators
In this post I introduced this current series, which covers a top ten list of ideas I had provided to high school students at Quest 2017, a one-day summit filled with motivational presentations, speakers, and workshops. The event is organized annually by the Connecticut Chapter of Prospanica and its community and corporate partners and provides students with tools for the next chapter in their lives.
The list is comprised of tips students should consider as they continue on in their life, work, and careers, and is made up of some of the more foundational items on The Self 60.
Unlike the rest of the items on The Self 60, which tend to be more specific and aim to guide how one should work in his or her environment, each of these ten selected tips allows its own lesson to be broadened and more encompassing, encouraging self-reflection and self-development.
“Working on it; not just in it. That’s the important part. It contributes to your attack and a strategy for success.”
In each post, I’ll provide general information about the item and a breakdown of what it is, why it’s important, where to get it, and why the item made the top ten cut.
In this post, the item I’ll be breaking down is…
Find your Driver(s) and Motivation(s)
General Info / What it is…?
What is it that is going to push you forward? What is it that is going to make you work harder than the next person? What is your goal? What are you working toward? What is your desired end result?
Those are your drivers. Those are your motivations.
Also, what do you want for yourself?
Yes, you can be a little selfish. The reasons for that are simple. First, realistically, you can’t be everything to everyone. Second, you can’t be the best for anyone at all if you’re not in tune with what it is you want for yourself, within reason. This means things that are going to help you grow, and does not refer to things you can get at any cost to others in a no-holds-barred fashion.
Too many people coast from one thing, situation, project, job, or responsibility to the next without taking into account where that path is leading. They’re thinking one step ahead in front of them, instead of anticipating multiple turns further down their path.
What motivates and drives each of us is as different from one to the next person as much as are our looks, personality, demeanor, or any other factor.
Why it’s important…
Understanding what “it”is – what drives and motivates you — determines how hard you’re going to work, how far you’re going to get, and how steady you will stand for what you believe in.
It factors into your resilience, your perseverance and grit.
It serves as an anchor of self-awareness, allowing you to keep steady in your personal goals and broader mission.
It also sharpens your focus and fuels your fire to drive yourself forward.
In knowing ”it,” you’re being proactive and not just reacting to what the world, life, and/or work are handing you.
“Leadership seems like it’s all external – the impact you make on others – but it actually starts with knowing who you are and what you want.”
Where to get it…
You may know what you find important. You may know how to cover all those bases outlined above, but there are other places to look to make sure you’re refining and focusing that drive and motivation. Consider these questions:
What has driven others in your family?
What has driven your heroes?
What has driven those who have made an impact you’ve admired?
What motivates your colleagues?
These are all sources to speculate upon, not merely emulate.
Why it’s a Top 10 off of The Self 60…
For you to build forward into your future, you need to know who you are and what makes you tick. You can’t harness your energy efficiently, and as effectively as possible, without knowing what makes you tick.
Before utilizing most of the items on The Self 60, there needs to be this self-assessment. Drivers and motivators do just that. They drive and motivate all the other items on the Self 60.
Leadership is perceived as only being an external exercise – the impact you make on others – but it actually starts with knowing who you are and what you want.
None of the other tips on The Self 60 can get you anywhere without understanding what drives and motivates you. It’s that energy that people will see and admire, and which they are influenced and impacted by.
Motivation and drive are a matter of assessing and reassessing what you want, what you’re doing to achieve it, and monitoring how well it’s working.
Sometimes, because we’re on cruise control, we’re working in our work and living in our lives, without taking the opportunity to view how things are going from the outside and determine how things are going and how to adjust them to work for us.
We need to work on it, not just in it. That’s the important part. It’s accounting for your effort, energy, focus, and successes. It contributes to your attack and a strategy for success.
Like anything else, picking the right fuel is going to maximize performance, unleash potential, and expand the boundaries of ability.
Motivation and drive are fuel.
What’s your fuel?
The Top Ten (in no particular order)
- Find your Driver(s) & Motivation(s)
- All Your Experiences Are A Foundation
- Get An Accountability Partner
- Position Yourself For Your Success
- Your Worth & Value – Know It / Build It / Provide It / Live It
- Face Your Weaknesses & Fears
- Always Keep Learning
- Develop Your Awareness – Of Self & Others
- Be Part Of & Contribute To Your Community
- Do Not Wait For Life To Come To You