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What Motivates You At Work?

Achievement 

People with a high need for achievement seek to excel.
Going for high-risk situations, these go-getters are not sitting relaxed even after reaching their objectives, rather going after the next goal.

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What Motivates You At Work?

What Motivates You At Work?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markmurphy/2018/07/29/what-motivates-you-at-work/

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Our Work Motivation

Lack of job satisfaction and employee engagement can be due to bad management, lack of transparency and overwork. One important reason that is often overlooked is our personal motivations.

There are five different motivations at work: Achievement, power, affiliation, security and adventure.

Achievement 

People with a high need for achievement seek to excel.
Going for high-risk situations, these go-getters are not sitting relaxed even after reaching their objectives, rather going after the next goal.

Power

People who are driven by a need for power love to be in charge, and crave authority even more than monetary gains. They want to make impactful decisions, desiring to be revered and followed.

Affiliation

People with a high need for affiliation want harmonious relationships with others and want to feel accepted by their peers and bosses. 

They prefer work that has social interaction. They make excellent team members and do well in customer service or client interaction.

Security

People with a high need for security look for continuity, consistency, and predictability in their work and remuneration.

They don't switch jobs easily and dislike change, preferring to work in the same position or department.

Adventure

People who need adventure are motivated by risk, change, and uncertainty. They also change jobs and companies often, as they get bored with routine, and usually end up becoming entrepreneurs or freelancers.

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Consider Your Current Position

When we become used to the daily grind, we end up losing ourselves along the way. It is only when we approach work with the mindset of providing value that we gain a sense of achievement.

Ask yourself why you have this job. Does it involve work you are passionate about? Is there something you particularly enjoy about this work?

Map Out Your Future

Our future may be more exciting than our current situation. You can leverage that to your advantage by using it as motivation to work harder.

Use each job you hold as a stepping stone towards your goal. Your current position serves a purpose, whether it is to build your resume, teach you skills, or help you save money to look for a new job.

To keep you highly motivated, set a deadline, and break your goals down into smaller, achievable tasks.

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Steps For Building a New Habit

  • Start by building your identity.
  • Focus on small behaviors, not life-changing transformations.
  • Develop a routine that gets you going regardless of how motivated you feel.

Defining Mental Toughness

Whatever it is, be clear about what you’re going after and tie it to concrete actions. You can’t think your way to becoming mentally tough, you prove it to yourself by doing something in real life.

Mental Toughness And Small Wins

Mental toughness needs to be worked to grow and develop. If you haven’t pushed yourself in thousands of small ways, you’ll wilt when things get difficult.

Extreme situations test our courage, perseverance, and mental toughness, but so do everyday circumstances. Challenge yourself whenever you can, consistently do what you know you’re supposed to and don’t let your brain’s laziness control you.

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Two types of motivation

Motivation is categorized into two basic types: Extrinsic and intrinsic.

  • Extrinsic motivation is related to external forces like money or fame.
  • Intrinsic motivation

Money as a motivation

Money as a tool for motivation is limiting at best, and the 'carrot and stick' approach many managers use to motivate employees is will actually achieve the opposite effect of what was intended.

Conditional rewards

‘If, then’ rewards or conditional rewards are when we promise to give something to an individual when they complete a certain task.

These rewards can have a negative impact on motivation as the employees lose the will to work on that task for the sake of working.

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