"Why" are you doing... what you do?

In a Better Business Bureau survey which was released earlier this year, it was reported that 84% of America's work force was "unhappy" or "dissatisfied" with their career or job.

I also recently encountered an interesting report that had been published by Salary.com a few months earlier. In 2007 the average American worker admitted to squandering 1.7 hours per day, which did not include lunch or scheduled break times. Now consider that these worker's spent an average of 8.5 hours in the workplace each day. This means that 20% of the their time at work was literally "wasted"!

This is a very powerful statement which attests to a clear lack of "motivation" in the American workplace.


5.6% Doing personal errands on company time.
6.5% Making personal telephone calls.
17.0% Conducting personal business.
20.3% Socializing with co-workers.
34.7% Personal internet use.

It's important to comprehend that motivation is our own internal channeling of our "attitudes".


What or who is motivating you?

Just how many of the thoughts and attitudes that you have toward your company, boss, co-workers, customers, friends or family are actually your "own"?

Are you accepting the responsibility of "owning" your attitudes, feelings and resultant behaviors for the life and career that you have chosen?

To be driven by real motivation... there must be real expectation, of a real "result":

What is it that you expect to happen?
What is it that you want?
Is it "realistic"?

So, what is it that you can commit to 110%? Is it what you are currently doing? "Success" is defined as the continuous achievement of your own predetermined goals."Success" is then quantified by your purpose, actions and attitudes. It is also necessary to comprehend that your ability to succeed will be directly impacted by the relationships that you forge, both professionally and personally.

Are your relationships providing the critical support and encouragement that you want and need in order to truly succeed? Is anyone consistently supporting you 100%? Who is fanning your flame? Who is cheering you on to the finish line? Is anyone at all? Are the people that you expected to provide real support and encouragement actually "coming through for you"?

Consider these profound words of advice from Championship Boxer, Sugar Ray Robinson, who stated "To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will."

The harsh reality is that the principle that applies to being "happy", also applies to motivation. It's not someone else's responsibility to "motivate" you, it's your responsibility to motivate yourself!

Just like the development of your talents, abilities and potential... motivation comes forth from "inside-out". It's the burning passion from within that sparks you to take actio and pursue that which is of true and genuine importance to you, and you alone.

The critical action that is required to motivate yourself to success is to find the one pursuit which is "worthy" of investing yourself totally in, and then commit your time, energy and available resources to achieve it.