August 25, 2015 / Melissa Faudree

What motivates you every day?

When you hear the alarm clock ringing, what gets you out of bed each morning? Is it your crying child down the hallway? Is it your dog licking your face wanting to go out? Or is it your spouse repeatedly nudging you to get up and stop hitting the snooze? Perhaps supporting your family motivates you to get out of bed every morning. Whatever it is, there is usually something that motivates you to get up and start your day. It is not secret that everyone is motivated by something, whether that is your family, hobby, or work.

The motivation question is commonly asked during interviews and also can be one of hardest to answer. You don’t want to sound greedy or lazy. We all know that jobs provide us with money. That is underlining reason why we have jobs. But when you think about it terms of your job or business, it might not be such a hard question anymore.

For startup companies, motivation and perseverance are the keys to success. These people tend to be disciplined because they have a different mind set. Failure may simply not be an option. Maybe they have invested too much of their money and time into their business. Maybe they don’t want to return to a job where they aren’t in control of their hours or performance. Therefore, they are dedicated to what they have started. They know they must work hard in order to see their hard work paying off.

However, it is not always easy for businesses to find motivation when they aren’t seeing the results they want. Why aren’t I gaining new customers? Why aren’t my advertisements working? What can I do in order to obtain more interactions on Facebook or social sites as a way to expand my clientele? Your motivation might be severely lacking when your business is suffering.

The truth is, you may not see results over night. In fact, almost everything in the business world takes time to grow, including your clientele, reputation, employees, etc. Success does not happen instantly. If you want to stay motivated during the harder times, those times when you wonder why you even considered this in the first place, you should look at other aspects of your life. You need to discover what motivates you. Different things motivate different people.

What type of motivator are you?

Accomplishments: You are a person that needs specific goals where you can measure your progress and success. You also enjoy challenges.

Communication: You are people-person. You need interactions and conversations from others. You enjoy getting to know people.

Creativity: You are the type of person that grows weary of repetition. You prefer a variety of tasks. You will come up with new ways to complete your projects.

Management: You are a person that enjoys being in control and making decisions. You would prefer to be in a leadership role where you can delegate tasks to others.

Purpose: You don’t consider your job an actual job but more like a mission. You know you can make a difference and intend to actively find ways to make your company (or world) a better place.

Problem Solving: You enjoy complex problems and finding resolutions. If problems are too simple, you will grow bored and seek something else. You want others to see you as skilled and knowledgeable. Others come to you because you are an expert and they know you can help.

You might find yourself classified in more than one, depending on the situation. The best thing you can do to set yourself up for success is by creating an environment that is conducive for motivation.

What motivates you?

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