When you reflect on where you have been and where you want to go or do, it is important to take a look at what motivated you this past year. Recognize what was driving you in your life, work, and your personal objectives. Now, look at what you would like to work on this coming year. What is your motivation for working on these goals?
For many people, it is easy to say that money is what motivates them to achieve their goals. That may be the initial thought for the drive to succeed, but if you dig deeper, you will realize that there is a bigger motivation behind your goals. Motivation tends to be based on feelings. If you say money, how does having money make you feel? What does money give you? That is your motivation.
Most people’s motivations fall into general categories:
• Power and fame
• Respect and recognition
• Desire to be the best
• Helping others
There is no right or wrong in terms of your motivation. Your motivation is not to be judged by yourself or others, so be honest with yourself about what motivates you. What is your driving force to accomplish your goals? Maybe you have more than one motivation. Maybe your motivation is different depending on your different goals. Whatever your motivations are, it is important to know and understand them in order to continue to work on your goals. If you lose your motivation, you stop working on that particular goal. What is it that you really want? How do you want to feel? What keeps you moving forward? What motivates you?