How Do We Know If We’re Inspired and Motivated In What We Do?
Perhaps, the first question should be – are we created for the work we're doing? Does our work fit our particular design and abilities? If yes, then we’ve confronted and overcome the first hurdle to inspiration and motivation in our work. For example, a construction contractor will most likely find the work of a journalist inappropriate for their design. What about enjoyment? Do you love the work you do? Are you satisfied at the end of the day or exhausted and irritated? If you love what you’re doing, then no amount of effort will completely tire you out. Otherwise, your inner frustration of doing something you don’t like will burn you out before you know it.
Do you experience the joy of knowing your work inspires and improves the lives of others?
If you know your work makes an impact on others, your motivation will continue to increase. Think of a manufacturer who creates a bed with specifically-designed comfort features for the disabled. The manufacturer is informed that the bed has greatly improved the lifestyle of many physically disabled people and receives numerous comments and grateful feedback from its customers. Without a doubt, the manufacturer will experience the satisfaction of knowing their product changed the condition of people’s lives for the better.
In our current business culture, most client interaction with manufacturers are addressed by their marketing divisions and workers who are directly involved in the making of the product don’t usually have personal contact with customers. In spite of this, we’re often gratified if we believe our work as individuals has a created a better quality of life for others no matter what type of work we do or the outward recognition we might receive. The point to glean from this is knowing if our work makes a difference in people’s lives. If we know it does, than we are inspired and motivated to grow and expand in our gifts and talents.
Do You Show Creativity and Imagination in Your Work?
The last test to determine if you’re motivated in your work is to discover if you display creativity and imagination in your work. Those who are motivated generally show invention and originality in various areas of their work. The reasons for this are twofold: 1). It reveals a person’s unique design and make-up and 2). It allows a person to grow personally and professionally using their gifts and talents to benefit others and change their lives. If your work inspires you, you’re blessed and content. If it doesn’t, than it’s time to find your true vocation and get fulfillment.