Motivate yourself by connecting to the passion in life and work.
Do You Love Your Industry?
You may love your industry or your company most. Think: entertainers. They're so dazzled by the industry, they'll wait tables, all the while keeping their motivation high by deriving great personal satisfaction from knowing they're "in the business." Hmm... When the Get-it-Done Guy goes video, I'll be accepting applications for unpaid slav... er, interns.
Do You Love the People You Work With?
Relationships may be your key. You love your colleagues at work, or serving customers, or spending quality time with your strategic partners' purchasing agent. You might enjoy the actual relationships for their own sake, or you might enjoy the roles and what you represent to each other. Personally, I love helping people become more skillful and more successful. When one of my first clients climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro after our work together, it changed my life knowing I'd played a part in making that happen. If relationships are your key, your energy comes from touching other people... appropriately, of course.
Does Your Job Give You Freedom?
And if all else fails, ask yourself why you're working at that job, anyway? You may remember you took it because it would give you enough free time to pursue your blindfolded trumpet tap dance routine. Imagine taking an exciting job like being an actuarial accountant, because you know you can save up enough to retire for life in six years. Even if you hate the job, counting down the days until retirement can be very motivating. And being an actuary, you can even know if the odds are in your favor of living until that age-40 retirement!