I got a call from a friend last week who was struggling with their motivation…
Not just struggling, but really struggling. They wanted to talk things through to try and get a bit of focus back in their life.
My friend works in the heart of EB and, like many of us, has worked hard to get through the recession. In fact, probably for the past eighteen months he was focussed on survival and not much else… and therein lies a large part of the problem.
His business has survived and, actually, survived very well. For almost the past year work has been flowing in and my mate is working very hard indeed, with little chance for a break.
When he called me, he couldn’t really get his head around where he was going. For eighteen months his entire focus was on survival and now, at least for the medium term, survival is assured, he hasn’t replaced that goal with another one.
That means he is simply, in a business context, existing from day to day. In turn he isn’t focused, doesn’t know where the business is going and, therefore, his motivation has plummeted.
Strange, when you think about it…
You’d think he’d be super happy right now given that his future is more assured than it was; it just goes to show how adversity really gets people working.
So, what can my friend do about his general lack of motivation?
First things first… now that the business has survived, what next? Where does he want to be in six months? A year? Three years?
He needs to replace the goal of survival with new goals that required time and effort to achieve.
Second things second… what about him personally? He’s been working hard, grabbing snacks in the office and has generally let himself go a bit.
Time to change that, eat better and do some exercise.
So, that’s what he’s going to do… or so he says.