When everything is great, what motivates you?

I love Friday.  It signals in my brain that the weekend is here.  It just means that one can relax and enjoy the simplicity of friends and family.  It is also the time that makes me wonder.  Time to wonder the what ifs, and what’s next questions.  The question that has been floating is this – What would motivate me to do more or to stretch myself?

It is through challenges that we learn and grow and develop our character and skills.  What happens when everything is going well?  You are on a high when things are just falling into place, getting great feedback for what you are doing and more importantly you are happy and content.

However, you know that at the back of your mind, you have to continue to push yourself and be better.  How do you do that?  What motivates you to challenge yourself?  It is so much easier to just stay in this perfect comfort zone that you have achieved.

I believe that there are 3 key drivers that enable successful people to continual challenge themselves:

  • A sense of purpose.  A sense that you are here for a reason and that you are the one to make it happen.  That deep-rooted sense that is buried in your heart, lived out in you life and that hope that keeps you moving forward.  It does not matter if that is huge or small, it is your sense of purpose.  Not all of us will be like a Nelson Mandela or a Bill Gates.  You have a role to play in your family, friends and community.  Do you know what that is for you?
  • Never stop to push the envelope of what you can achieve and accomplish.  Never rest of the past accomplishments but always strive to do better.  The reality is that change will happen and it is either you are in the driver seat or the one trying to catch up with the moving car.  It is never easy to run after someone or something.  It is harder to be the driver of change but the ride is so much more comfortable cause you are in control.
  • Just stay curious, leave the fear behind.  Curiosity to learn, to grow and to develop.  Don’t let fear stop you from trying new things.  Stay curious about the things that interest you.  Read, learn and try them out.  You never know what you don’t know until you know it.

What motivates you to keep on going?  What drives you to strive harder?  Take advantage of the fact that you are in a good place in your life to expand it further.  You never know, it could be far greater than what it is now.

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