Do you know what motivates you?
Do you know what de-motivates you?
Well I thought I did and I was really surprised to find that in fact the solution for me was in fact understanding what de motivated me. I did a motivational maps test over the Christmas Break with Susannah Brade-Waring of Aspirin Business Solutions at www.businessheadaches.com. Here is the introduction from the report:
This is a very brief summary of what happened
- I completed an online questionnaire and received a report
- I then invested in an insight session to discuss the report
- The Report explained that my top 3 motivators are:
- Spirit- I like freedom, independence,choice to make my own decisions autonomy
- Expert- I like to been seen as the expert in my field, I like training and personal development,mastery, specialisation
- Friend-wants belonging,friendship,fulfilling relationships
Well it does not take too much to know my company is about creating, building and maintaining win-win partnerships so it very much hits my need to belong and relationships. I have specialised in listening and facilitation skills for business collaboration and partnerships. Pretty specialised and I fundamentally only use Clean Language. I have my own company and work my own hours.
What was fascinating to discover is that despite achieving all this I felt I was stifled and I felt de motivated and it turned out that my lowest motivator is money, material worth.
I was asked to be mindful that that I might be frustrated by others who are motivated by this. The truth is I fully respect that we are all motivated by different things. But it started to make sense when I recognised a pattern of behaviour of discounting my services, doing lots of work for free.
The trouble is that behaviour was resulting in a lack of consistent income that meant . Which in turn led to less freedom. Which is why I felt constrained and de motivated at times. I had already recognised that I had to start being more assertive about pricing and charging for my time, back in June last year which did play a part in the increased income.
This recent report has given me the confidence to be clear about my prices and charge accordingly. Realising if I earn more I can help more people. If I earn more I can give back to the community. Money is not my motivator but by associating it with my top motivators I have set my business up for 2011 with guaranteed income for the next 12 months.
The pressure is now off and I feel free to make my own choices, not desperate to take and do anything to pay the bills.
I would be interested it hear what motivates you? and how could you turn your de-motivators to your advantage.
Have a great week Sheryl
It is important to identify your Motivations and to work consistently at getting more of them at the workplace. However, it is also highly likely that what you want from work, you also want from the rest of your life as well.