Yesterday we talked about 5 easy steps to change and increase motivation as listed below:

  1. Self assessment
  2. Define the desired state
  3. Set goals and take actions to achieve them
  4. Repeat new motivation/behaviour
  5. Find interpersonal and situational support

Today I want to start to work through an example which may assist with the steps you take above.

Self Assessment

Harry spent a week noting down every time he felt frustrated, unmotivated or not interested in his work.  He decided to do some self assessment by noting in his diary every time he felt unhappy at work.

At the end of the week he looked back and noticed that his central issue was lack of control over the situations he encountered with the Executive in his organisation – especially their resistance to change – and not knowing how he could implement the change he had been charged to lead.

Define Desired State

Having identified what was not motivating him, Harry set about defining the ideal situation that would allow him to feel motivated.

Harry considered the following options:

  • Change jobs inside or outside of the organisation
  • Change mindset and see resistance to change as a challenge to be curious and understand what is causing the resistance and then how to provide answers

Set Goals and Take Actions

Harry then spent time to set goals to achieve his desired state, begin solving problems, planning and acting in ways consistent with his new perspective on the Executive team and the situation he found himself in.

Harry chose to seek a new job, and set goals to move to his desired state, including:

  • Identifying his job targets
  • Updating his resume
  • Reactivating his network of contacts
  • Planning and implementing a job search.

Tomorrow we will review step 4 and 5, but until then if you have any questions or would like to sign up for the full career coaching program contact me below at Startafreshlife.