One of my most vivid memories from graduate school was when Dr. Tesch told our HR class emphatically that “External motivators destroy internal motivators.” We heard this several times throughout the semester, and it resonates with me to this day.
How many times do we see employees who work hard to impress a particular boss or because they have been assigned a specific goal, but when the goals or the boss goes away, so does the motivation?
It’s critical to be internally motivated in order to reach our true potential; there’s only so much money, a cheering crowd, or a boss barking orders can do to motivate an employee. Each of us needs to find what it truly is that we care about in order to truly stay motivated.
What do you do to stay motivated?