What Motivates You To Do Your Best?
What motivates you? Believe it or not, many people still find it difficult to give an immediate answer when faced with this question. It’s not because they don’t know what to say, or how to answer. It’s because a lot of people don’t have an answer to this seemingly harmless question. The truth is, a lot of people get up in the morning and get ready to go to an eight-hour job that they don’t really like. A lot of people dress in their best suits, and carry their most expensive bags to attend a job that they most likely just settled for. Most people do this just so they could earn the money to buy the things that would impress the people that they hate. Sadly, this is what motivates a lot of us.
If I ask you to pick among a Porsche Boxster GTS, a Ferrari 360 Modena, and a Kia Sportage, I’m pretty sure only a handful would go for the Kia. And if I ask you to defend your choice, you’d probably say something along the lines of “Because everybody said it’s the best,” or “Because it’s what everyone likes.” But think about this, have you ever thought about what you like? More importantly, do the things that motivate you coincide with the things you want to achieve in life?
What you drive is not as important as what drives you!
Craig Valentine, former world champion for public speaking, once said, “What you drive is not as important as what drives you. You have to be driven by your vision or you’ll be taken for a ride in someone else’s.” Today, a lot of us tend to focus on the needs of other people that we end up forgetting about ourselves. We work hard to earn money to buy the car that we’re sure would light that green fire in our neighbor’s eyes. It shouldn’t be like that.
The things that drive us should be the things that make us happy. Not the things that inspire hate, greed, and spite. Buy that car because it gives you the comfort you need to get through the city traffic. Get that four-bedroom house because that’s what fits your family of five. Most importantly, work to address your personal needs, not to please others. With this in mind, you will no longer have to think twice when asked, “What motivates you?”
This video is part of a YouTube series called Mighty Mindset. Here, Muneer covers strategies of personal persuasion—tactics that can help you operate at your peak performance. Click here to see more videos like this.