Motivation is not usually something I struggle with, but holy smokes…it is today. I pulled out a couple of my trusty “go get em” books for some inspiration. Then I looked on LinkedIn and saw a meme that said “Stop looking at inspirational quotes and get back to work!” That timing was impeccable. Seems like fake news, but trust me, it really happened. That got me thinking today.
People I know who are the most successful are the ones who keep working and putting in the effort even when they don’t want to. I can get behind that kind of behavior. Most days I come to work and I am relatively motivated and self-accountable, but we all have those days. We are human after all. Life happens. Lack of sleep happens. Sickness happens. There will be days that I just don’t want to, but the action after that is what is most important. Will I still put in effort, or will I just sit there?
Curious about what Meriam Webster had to say about effort, I looked up the definition: “a vigorous determined attempt.” Then vigorous: “strong, healthy, and full of energy.” Those are literally all of the things I DO NOT feel right now: vigorous, strong, healthy, and full of energy.
The more I thought about it even though I might not feel it, my strength, health, and energy are always there; they just look differently every day. Those things are also very different for every person. My responsibility then to myself, my friends, and my coworkers is to give what I have. Today I didn’t want to call, but I still did. Some days I was energetic and happy, others I was exhausted and felt crappy. In the book Motivation Manifesto Brendon Burchard talks about how motivation comes after effort. That made zero sense to me the first time I heard it. Well after this week, it makes all the sense in the world. I wanted to keep calling and working hard after I had a few great success stories and calls. Those wouldn’t have come if I hadn’t started in the first place.
Here’s my call to action-mostly for myself. Let’s all be like Dory and just keep going. We are all accountable to the amount of effort we choose to put in every day. Give what you have. Some days that might be easy and you’ll have a lot of passion and excitement and other days it’ll be harder and feel like work with a forced smile, but hey, it’s still effort.
Chelsea Liska has been with Aureus Group since September 2011, and currently is a Senior Recruiter for the Iowa and Kansas City markets. Chelsea helps train, mentor, and coach new recruiters. She gets to do what she loves every day by helping to develop and build colleagues. Chelsea also gets to be a part of top notch finance and accounting candidates’ career decisions and moves. She loves when she is able to use her skills to help someone and give them an amazing experience in their career search. Every day Chelsea gets to be a part of a company that is building into her so that she can build into others. When she isn’t working, she is active in her church. Chelsea loves being active and playing volleyball, golf, working out, and hanging out with her friends and family. Binge watching her favorite shows is definitely a notable skill! She is personally and professionally committed to being an “Energy Ambassador!”