New Directions

By Jim Ward

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Make motivation a habit and you will get there more quickly and have more fun on the trip. - Zig Ziglar

The more I learn about myself, the more I’m convinced we are wired a certain way. The best way to effect change, and alter those workplace behaviors which are getting in the way of success, is to channel motivation in the right direction. Are you motivated to change? Early in our career as we entered the workforce, we were highly motivation to succeed. Hard work, persistence, drive to succeed and a certain degree of ambition was the difference between those who excelled and those who didn’t. Similarly, when you think about workplace behaviors which are getting in the way of our personal success, it comes down to motivation. Research tells us there are two types of motivation – intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsically motivated people expect something in return for their actions , i.e. a reward of some kind. We get up every day and go to work, expecting to be paid for our efforts. Intrinsically motivated people are by their nature motivated. They are naturally curious, have a desire to learn, excel and better themselves. In the real world of career management, both types of motivation are important and play out on a daily basis.  As you strive to better yourself and achieve your goals, make sure you channel motivation in the right way. As Zid Ziglar says, “Make motivation a habit.

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