How to uncover your work life motivation and values?

August 5, 2022

Recognizing and channeling your motivation and values can make a huge difference in your career. When you are working towards goals that resonate with you and when you are part of a team that shares the same key values, you will be more productive and even happier.

To tap into your motivation and values, consider the following methods:

1. Self-Reflection:

Incorporating self-reflection into one's life can lead to various positive outcomes and is a valuable tool for personal and professional development. Begin by asking yourself these fundamental questions:

  • What genuinely excites you or ignites your passion?
  • What are activities or personal missions that you simply refuse to give up on?
  • What organizational missions, purposes, or goals resonate with you on a deep level?
  • What kind of rewards truly motivate you? Is it financial gain, more free time, career advancement, learning opportunities, or taking on challenging responsibilities?

2. Assessment Tools:

Understanding oneself can be a complex and elusive journey. Often, it's not easy to discern our own values and motivations. That's precisely where assessment tools come into play. These tools offer several advantages:

  • They accelerate the process of identifying your work-related motivational factors in a structured manner.
  • They assist you in articulating and verbalizing your motivations and values when communicating with team members or your superiors.
  • These assessments can help pinpoint the organizational culture that resonates with your values and motivates you to perform at your best.

It's important to note that motivational factors and values can evolve over time. Common stages of change include:

  • Graduating from school and transitioning into the workforce.
  • Seeking new challenges after spending 3 to 7 years in the same company or role.
  • Changes in family circumstances.
  • Approaching the age of 50.

To ensure a successful and meaningful career, keep the following principle in mind: Leverage your strengths to promote the things that truly motivate you.

You can assess your motivation and values in Mazhr!

Antero Ojanaho
Senior Consultant at Mazhr

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