But What’s My Motivation?

Some years ago, I made several poor work decisions based in the need of money. Money wasn’t the desired outcome, rather, money was the resource I needed to use to help heal health issues I was facing.

Motivator(s) <—> Decision

Health problem > knowledge/expertise/healing > $ > work for money instead of value and meaning. 

Scratch that. It’s not just motivators that drive us to make decision, but motivators seen from the lens of our perspectives and mental/emotional states that lead down certain paths.

Motivator(s) <—> Perception <—> Decision 

I pushed a lot of important things aside in the desire to become healthy and whole again. I found out the hard way that doing something just for money alone is rarely a good idea. It’s often as the opposite effect you we’re looking for. I don’t blame myself for making poor work decisions. But in hindsight, I was not thinking clearly about why I was feeling like I needed to make certain decisions.

Every decision we make has driving factors or a motivator behind it. Before making any rash decision in a moment of anxiety that go against who we are, it’s health to take some time to think about why you want something.

What is motivating this decision?

What are the driving force behind this action?

What are the potential downsides to this?

This is good to do before small tactical decisions and large strategic decisions. When you feel like a certain decision is your only option, its good to pause and consider everything and open yourself to other potential opportunities. There’s always another possibility. 

Why do I want to go pound some ice cream and what will happen if I do? Why do I want to take X job? Why do I want to go to Y school? If I buy Z, what are the potential downsides?

Why do I want to go pound some ice cream and what will happen if I do? Why do I want to take X job? Why do I want to go to Y school? If I buy Z, what are the potential downsides?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #772


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