is important in all walks of life but it does seem to be one topic that
comes up a lot in career conversations. When I recently polled my
audience on what subjects they are most interested in, “finding motivation to change my career for the better” was among the very top subjects of interest.
part of my coaching training, I've studied motivational theories and
worked with my clients in many different ways in order to distil what is
“motivating”. Whilst this is a very rich and diverse topic, today I
will focus on four key elements that seem to be pivotal for my clients
to engage with their own motivation.
1. Identify your purpose
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”, Nietzche
is another subject that polls high in the interest of career
transitioners. Indeed, purpose has generally taken on a modern-day
importance as demonstrated through the popularity of Simon Sinek’s book
and Ted Talk “Finding Your Why”.
I work with clients, we spend quite a bit of time defining what purpose
means for that individual. This sense of purpose is connected to our
core values. I talk about core values and how to identify them in
is your career purpose? Mine is to help others create a career they
love. This taps into my three core values of altruism, aesthetic and
theoretical. If you know that your career journey is taking you towards a
place more deeply connected with your purpose, then motivation will
Here are some good coaching questions that could help you to identify your purpose:
2. Create Direction and Track Progress
next step to achieve motivation is to have a clear sense of moving
towards something. You need to create a feeling of momentum, direction
and progress. Think about how you would get yourself motivated to
achieve something big at work. Replicate this in your career project.
3. Work with Yourself
Notwithstanding Step Four, there is only one person that will ultimately enable you to create a career you love: YOU! I encourage my clients to work on three key personal elements in order to maintain their motivation. These are:
Self-confidence and self-esteem. Work
on building these two areas. Write a list of your past successes. What
have you already achieved? Seek feedback from people who will boost you.
Play to your strengths. As
part of coaching, my clients will have analysed and engaged with their
personal strengths. Make sure you use your innate strengths to help you
on your career journey much as you would use them at work. Learn more about Strengths in my other blog.
Have fun. If
you’re experiencing positive emotions, you’ll be more creative and
better at solving career conundrums. Think about how you can make the
activities you’re engaging in more fun and the positive energy will
motivate you for sure.
4. Find your Cheerleaders
final piece of the jigsaw is to create your team of supporters. You
need people around you who will reassure and inspire you. Share your
vision with others to enlist their help and encouragement. You can also
use them to help you generate ideas and creative approaches to your
Who are your cheerleaders?
You could also find
other people who are on a similar path with whom you can engage,
encourage each other and keep each other accountable.
Our group career coaching programmes offer the
additional benefits of a supportive network to keep you motivated at a lower price than one-to-one coaching. If
you’d like to know more about group career coaching, visit the What We Do page.
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