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2015 Focus: Intrinsic Motivators

This is going to be a good year for a lot of people for a variety of reasons. This is the year to take the leap, push for that next step and live fulfilled. In life we are often motivated by intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Extrinsic factors are those that are more tangible, like money, stocks, health benefits and time off.

Intrinsic motivators are more feeling based. For example, that feeling you get when you know you really helped someone, just being excited to go to work, or feeling appreciated. In 2015 your challenge is to focus on the intrinsic motivators. Do things that make you feel excited, fulfilled and appreciated. Many people who chase the extrinsic motivators are happy on the forefront, but if you want sustained happiness and peace, first chase the intrinsic motivators and extrinsic rewards will follow without force.

When you cycle in life, you cycle the same things each day, might as well be passionate and excited to wake up each day as opposed to living for the dollar. This is not to say you should forget your responsibilities, but if you have to work, might as well work for what sparks enjoyment and happiness.

When you go to bed at night to rest from a day of work, but you are resting from work that was fulfilling, you get a different kind of rest compared to those who are trying to fall asleep and stay asleep as a method to avoid their day. Work you love and work you hate both take work, so make the leap into working for something that you believe in, something that motivates you and something that gives you intrinsic rewards.

In 2015 when you take the leap toward your goals, go all the way. Do not short cut the leap, do not find “alternate ways” to get to the end. Go all the way. Do it the right way. The right way is usually tougher. It involves more sacrifice, more money, more time, more energy, more of a mental fight initially, but if you don’t short cut your goal, you will end up with the entire goal achieved.

Taking a leap will require more confidence than you presently have and that requires hurdling fear. If you want to hurdle fear don’t think about it. The more time that passes you by the more your fears exacerbate. This is because you begin to ruminate and analyze your fears. You spend time on your fears and not your goals.

Problems will be present for your entire life, but they are not your entire life. Read that again. Problems will be present for your entire life, but they are not your entire life. Don’t dwell on problems as you take your leap, see problems as opportunities and be solution focused. You will hurdle your fears and pains much faster in 2015 if you don’t stop to dwell but you keep running toward solutions.

Goal attainment will build confidence and confidence provides more awareness into the opportunities around you. More opportunity and more confidence leads to more success more success brings extrinsic rewards.

In 2015 focus on intrinsic motivators.

Dr. Jaime Kulaga is a Certified Life Coach, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Motivational Speaker. She is the author of the upcoming book “The SuperWoman’s Guide to Super Fulfillment: Step-by-Step Strategies to Create Work-Life Balance,” to be published in March 2015. She is the inspirational founder of the nationally known SuperWoman Workshops. Dr. Kulaga has been featured internationally for her expertise in Work-Life Balance.
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