15 Dec Get more motivated with these 3 simple rituals
via Time by Eric Barker
Motivation is all about perspective
You know what you’re supposed to be doing… but you’ve come down with a really bad case of “I-don’t-feel-like-it.” You just don’t have any motivation. Ever feel like that? Well, you’re not alone…
Research shows lack of motivation is at a record high. Today more than 50% of American workers feel disengaged at their jobs.
According to Gallup, which has been collecting data on employee engagement for many years, American workers are generally unmotivated in their jobs — a problem that has risen steadily by about 2 percent a year since Gallup began examining this issue in 2000. Today, more than 50 percent of employees are disengaged…
But is motivation really that important? Don’t people blow it out of proportion?
No, actually. No, they don’t. It is that important. Research shows being motivated predicts career success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.
When tested in national surveys against such seemingly crucial factors as intelligence, ability, and salary, level of motivation proves to be a more significant component in predicting career success. While level of motivation is highly correlated with success, importantly, the source of motivation varies greatly among individuals and is unrelated to success. – Bashaw and Grant 1994
Alright, so you and I really need to get motivated. But, um… where does motivation come from? And how can you and I get more of it? I decided to call a guy who has some answers…
Dan Ariely is a professor of behavioral economics at Duke University and the New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational. His latest book is Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations.
Dan’s going to help us solve the motivation mystery so that you can get more done (and maybe I can finally clean my kitchen.)
Let’s get to it…
1) Focus On The Meaning In What You Do
How much would I have to pay you to handle poop multiple times a day, every day, for a couple years? An awful lot, right?
And how much would I have to pay you to literally risk your life? To get shot at on a semi-regular basis? You might say there isn’t any amount of money that would make that worth it.
And yet new parents handle a lot of poop for free. (In fact, they spend a lot of money to support the pooper.) And soldiers risk being killed every day to serve their country — but they don’t make millions for it…
…keep reading the full & original article HERE