Why Do You Work?
25.03.2013
woman at work

Just a quick question for you today, but it is an incredibly important one, as you’ll see. This might sound like an obvious question but if you’re going to move your work life forward, your motivation is a really important factor to consider. So go ahead and think about it – what is it that gets you up in the morning and gets you to your workplace each day?

Is it all about the money?

Whenever I meet with a new client I ask them this same question: “Why do you go to work?” And one of the main reasons people cite for going to work is this – the pay.

They say to me things like this: “Dion, of course I go to work for the money! I’ve got bills to pay, mouths to feed, commitments to fulfil, a mortgage to pay!”

This is all well and good, but I’ve found over the years – both in my own life and in the journeys of my clients – that money just isn’t enough of a reason to keep your work life fulfilling.

What are your motivations?

I want you to get clear about your own motivations for going to your current workplace. Apart from money, there are two other reasons that are near the top of the list when I ask my clients this question, or whenever we do a little bit of digging about what’s motivating people to go to work. You might just identify with one of these.

The first one is status. You know the kind of thing – a job with a bit of kudos, a bit of impressiveness about it.

The second one is expectations. In this case you’ve probably never asked yourself what YOU want, you’ve just gone along with the flow of what other people said you were good at.

Whatever your motivation is, it’s really good to find out right now when we’re in the process of moving your work life forward and making your work life better.

Two sentences for you to complete

So here is your task for today – you knew there was a task coming, didn’t you? It’s not a complex task but it might require some thought. I’ve got two sentences I want you to finish. Here they are:

  • “I go to work because…”
  • “I started to do this job because…” 

So write those two sentence starters in your journal and then think about how you will finish them. Be honest – really test your brains and let the answers come from deep within. Once you have the answers you’ll know what your motivations are and how you can start to move towards the job of your dreams.