If you are lacking motivation in your current endeavor, then where is that lack coming from? Thanks to modern mathematics, we now have a formula to determine what we need to analyze and increase our own level of motivation.
Motivation = Needs x Faith
Keep in mind that I failed the last math class I took, so if you want a second opinion by an actual mathematician or statistician or actuary you will need to look elsewhere. In my defense, that class was AP Calculus in my senior year of high school. Also, in my defense, I did get a 4 on the AP Calculus exam and tested out of any math classes for my entire college career so “in your face,” teacher.
Let’s analyze the variables.
Needs. Your need is a want, a dream, or a desire of some sort. If you have no need, then you have no motivation (do the math, zero times anything equals…?).
If your level of motivation is low, then perhaps your need is unclear. That’s why when leaders and motivational speakers talk about your dreams and goals, they tell you to be specific about what you want and when you want it. Money is a need to everyone who lives in modern society. But the person who is motivated to pursue wealth is the person who has a burning desire for a certain lifestyle. A certain lifestyle that they think about, dream of, meditate on. The greater the need, the greater the multiplier. The more clear and vivid your need is in your mind, the greater the motivation. See my last post on creative visualization.
But even with an enormously clear and vivid dream for your life, you can still have zero motivation. “Wait, how can that be?” I hear you cry. Again, do the math and you’ll figure it out. If your need is an 11 you can still have zero motivation if your faith is…? No, let’s not see all the same hands.
Without faith, you will never be motivated. I’m not talking about religious faith, I’m talking about faith that you can actually achieve whatever you are attempting.
Faith can be broken down into two categories. Faith in yourself and faith in others.
Faith in yourself and your own abilities, gifts and talents can either greatly increase or greatly hinder your motivation. If you see yourself as a “C-minus” achiever, then you will continue to perform at that level. Increasing your needs can only take you so far if you are being dragged down by a lack of faith in your self. See my last post on self-image.
What about faith in others? This is something that you have little control over.
Would you continue to work at a company that has laid off half of it’s employees every month for six consecutive years? (That’s actually not mathematically possible. I will wait while you confirm it). If a boss lies to you about a raise, will you continue to work in good faith? If they continually change your performance evaluations to keep you from getting a promotion or a bonus? Low faith in your employer equals low motivation.
How can you increase your motivation when you have no faith in other people? Either you can trust them blindly (meh). Or change the people around you to folks that you do trust. Sometimes people will surprise you, but continuing to put blind faith into people that continually disappoint you will damage you. So in that situation, where you have no faith in your employer, I’d advise switching jobs or consider becoming an entrepreneur. If you have more faith in yourself than the people you work for or with, than take control of the variables so that you can have the result you want.
Besides if the economy continues to implode, self-employment may soon become the new normal.
How’s your motivation level? How’s your level of need and level of faith? Where are you strong or where are you lacking? What’s the square root of 16?