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How To Solve A Lack Of Motivation

Lexi Tucker
Posted on February 4, 2019

68% of unemployed individuals said they felt more motivated to search for jobs after giving advice than they did after receiving it. (Source: Quartz)

68% of unemployed individuals said they felt more motivated to search for jobs after giving advice than they did after receiving it. (Source: Quartz)

We’ve all been there, and don’t just tell me it’s a “typical lazy Millennial” problem — there are days when you find yourself thinking, “What’s the point of all this?” I know I can’t be the only one who gets frustrated, confused, or (okay, okay I admit it) lazy from time to time. But fret not. I recently read an article by Inc. contributor Jessica Stillman that gave me information that might also help you get your mojo back when you “just don’t feel like” making new strides.

The article was written in response to a study conducted by two psychologists, Lauren Eskreis-Winkler and Ayelet Fishbach, in which they discovered the key to becoming motivated is giving advice, not receiving it. Now, no matter where you are in your career, you have to admit you likely have a great deal of knowledge about what you’ve done for a living in the past. Even if you just started as a manager at a new company, you likely bring with you transferable skills that could benefit others.

Giving advice, as opposed to receiving it, appears to help unmotivated people feel powerful because it involves reflecting on knowledge they already have. (Source: Quartz)

Giving advice, as opposed to receiving it, appears to help unmotivated people feel powerful because it involves reflecting on knowledge they already have. (Source: Quartz)

Helping Others To Help Yourself

“The unmotivated need more confidence, not more information,” writes Stillman. What better way to instill confidence in yourself than by helping someone else overcome a similar problem? It’s highly probable this isn’t the first time you’ve found yourself in a rut. How did you go about solving the issue last time? People can send you tip sheets they found on the internet or in a magazine, but nothing really helps as much as hearing what’s worked for a person they actually know. When their eyes light up with a revelation, that sets off a chain reaction in you. Suddenly, it feels like you can take on whatever is coming next.

Don’t believe me? In their study, Eskreis-Winkler and Fishbach found 72% of people having a hard time saving money said giving advice motivated them to save money more than receiving tips from experts at America Saves; 77% of adults having difficulty with anger management said they were more motivated to simmer down after giving anger management advice than they were after receiving advice from professional psychologists at the American Psychological Association; and 72% of adults trying to lose weight said giving weight loss advice made them feel more confident about ditching extra pounds than did receiving advice from a seasoned nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic.

Whether you’re a Millennial, part of Gen X, or a Baby Boomer, your life experiences could be the key to not only helping others, but yourself as well.

80% of employees would work more hours and 60% would take a pay cut to work for a more empathetic employer.(Source: Businessolver)

80% of employees would work more hours and 60% would take a pay cut to work for a more empathetic employer.
(Source: Businessolver)

My Own Take

For me, motivation has always been tied to passion — and I know it’s the same for many others.

Ariadna Noches, affiliate manager and meeting and events coordinator for Mundi Limousine, told me in a recent interview, “You must take pride in what you do. If you don’t have a passion for it, don’t do it.” For her, nothing motivates her more than the feeling she gets when she knows a client is satisfied with the service she’s provided. “We make things happen in peoples’ lives, and that’s something to be proud of.”

Zena Kulikowska, client relations manager for Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services in Toronto, told me about one of the most motivating things she’s ever heard and imparted to others in a profile I did on her in December. “I was listening to one of the [International LCT Show] speakers who said ‘to succeed in this business, you have to think like an owner. You have to care 100% and dedicate yourself to the industry.’”

33% of professionals cite “I’m bored, need a new challenge” as their motivation for moving on to another job. (Source: Korn Ferry)

33% of professionals cite “I’m bored, need a new challenge” as their motivation for moving on to another job. (Source: Korn Ferry)

This one phrase altered her attitude toward what she was doing and has been her largest influence in pursuing excellence.

Remember, disruptors don’t get anywhere by sitting around thinking, “Oh, I’ll just do that tomorrow.” Tomorrow becomes the day after tomorrow, and that becomes next week, and so on until a deadline is breathing down your neck. The future of your business rests on what gets you motivated to do it today. 

LEXI TUCKER is LCT associate editor and coordinator of the LCT Fast 40, a group of operators under 40 who collaborate and learn from each other about all aspects of chauffeured transportation. She can be reached at [email protected]

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