3 Insightful Questions to Help Understand Your Core Motivations to Drive Your Vision
Being In the Right Place In Your WorkLife Goes to the Heart of Your Identity: To the Heart of Who You Are and to What Is Important to You
James’s Story — Finding His Later Stage of WorkLife Vision and Motivated Abilities: A Case Study:
James enjoyed his work and his industry, but he was at a stage where he wanted to do things differently in line with his WorkLife wants and needs.
His family had grown and had flown the nest. He had seen them through university, and they were no longer dependent on him. He was also fortunate to no longer have a mortgage on his home, and so all in all was in a good place from a financial perspective.
He did, however, have a bucket list of things he wanted to achieve in his WorkLife, which included travelling to wonderfully exotic and interesting destinations with his wife. He also wanted to give something back to society, and in some way make a difference. He had identified a social enterprise in South Africa, where he and his wife spent time; and he contributed his business acumen in helping them develop their vision and strategy.
He wanted to continue working, just not in the same vein as before. It was important for him to remain intellectually stimulated through his work. He also wanted to retain the social aspect it provided, and he needed it to fund his bucket list.
James explored and considered ways he could design his work to allow him to live his WorkLife to achieve these things.
He had an extensive network with contacts throughout the UK and Europe, including Russia, one of the destinations he aspired to travel to.
Being sociable he began connecting with people and discovered various projects in the pipeline throughout Europe. He was known and respected in his industry, and once people knew he was available for work they were more than happy to meet with him; and very soon offers began to come through for consultancy work, including work with his old organisation and a piece of work in Russia.
To facilitate his travel aspirations, and the ability to give back at a social level, James decided he wanted to take on assignments that would demand a commitment of several months at a time.
Once each piece of work was completed, he would take one to three months off, during which time he would travel to a destination on his bucket list.
Develop Your WorkLife Story
Whatever stage you’re at in your WorkLife, understanding your core motivations to living your best WorkLife will give you the vision you need, from which you can plan and do what you need in order to make this happen, so that the choices you make will bring about the satisfaction you seek.
The assignment that helped James understand his core motivations that helped drive his vision was:
2 Steps to Help You Understand Your Vision and Motivated Abilities
This assignment is to help you understand your vision and motivated abilities. Those specific WorkLife moments, events or experiences when you were fully engaged.
We are all stimulated by different things. What may seem like the smallest, insignificant experience to one person can provide real meaning and inspiration to another.
The aim here is to help you notice what factors contribute towards you feeling completely motivated, engaged and great about your WorkLife. When you have this clarity, you can take action to ensure you are incorporating these motivated abilities into your WorkLife to drive your vision.
Step 1. Begin by identifying a specific moment, event or experience when you felt any of the following:
A Buzz. Able to Be your True Self. At Ease. At Your Best. Able to Shine
Energised. Enjoyment. Enthusiastic. Excited. Free. Fulfilled Happy
Inspired. In the Flow. In your Element. Life is Good On Top of the World
Totally Absorbed. Touched. Truly Motivated
NB Please feel free to add words and phrases that are especially meaningful to you.
James’s word was Fulfilled
Step 2. Next develop your chosen word/s or phrase into your WorkLife Story, using:
3 Insightful Questions to Help Understand Your Core Motivations to Drive Your Vision
1. What was I doing when I was completely engaged?
i.e. give the context – the specific moment, event or experience.
e.g. For James it was working alongside his wife, at the social enterprise in South Africa.
2. How did this make me feel?
e.g. James felt fulfilled because he felt he was making a difference.
3. What contributed to me feeling this way?
i.e. Your particular role, the skills used or the tasks involved, the outcome or type of people or environment.
e.g. For James it was contributing his business acumen to help people in a developing community. The outcome helped strengthen their strategy to achieve their vision.
Next note down the common factors and themes emerging. For example: for James it was helping to develop people
Develop a Practice of Continuous Self-Feedback
Now that you’ve begun to pay attention to specific WorkLife moments, events or experiences when you were fully engaged, make a note in your journal of any observations you have of what was going on during those times.
Words of Wisdom
There will most likely be times in you WorkLife when you will need to discover or rediscover your WorkLife vision. You may also stray from living your days true to your motivated abilities, lose sight of what these actually are for you, or actually struggle to know what they are in the first place. This simple exercise will allow you to navigate through these times. It will help you to live true to the WorkLife Story that you have already written.
This story has been adapted from chapter 3: Your WorkLife Vision and Core Motivation from my book, Your WorkLife Your Way. I developed the chapter further for the e-book, How To Drive Your Vision And Motivated Abilities for The School Of WorkLife Book Series.
This story was originally published on 20/4/21. I needed to republish it to add updates and also to tell you
… The Continuing Story …
The pandemic brought about a change in my WorkLife from delivering in-person individual coaching sessions and group workshops to creating resources to help people self direct their WorkLife learning.
In the last three years, I’ve published 30 books and over 200 stories.
Each book and each story is based on real life struggles and successes that people have encountered in their WorkLife. They also detail the exercises that helped navigate through these situations, which are set as assignments for readers to adapt to their WorkLife situations and learning needs.
I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.
My inspiration for creating my work comes from a lifelong passion for learning. My work has taught me that the one thing in life that can never be taken away from you is your learning.
School of WorkLife Guiding Statement: To create resources that are helpful, insightful and inspiring in helping people to pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, purpose, passion and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes and resources that are accessible to everyone.
The resources I create will help you take ownership of self directing your learning in your own space and in your own time.
School of WorkLife helps you self-direct your WorkLife learning through resources that have been created to help you to take ownership of your learning in your own space and in your own time.
What is Self Directed Learning?
Self-Directed Learning is when an individual is motivated to take the initiative and responsibility on decisions related to their own learning. It is a series of independent actions and judgements free from external control and constraint.
Resources to Help You Self-Direct Your Learning
You may find the books below from The School of WorkLife Book Series helpful in meeting your learning needs as a self directed learner. Tap the book title to see a preview of what’s inside each book.
Tap The School of WorkLife Book Series to view the complete collection of books. From here, you can tap on each individual title to see a preview of what’s inside each book
Founder of School of WorkLife, Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning. These include a Collection of Books which originated from her first book, Your WorkLife Your Way and a Learn Through Reading Series of Case Studies. which originated from her latest book WorkLife Book Club.
That’s the power of writing (and reading, which is an integral part of the craft for writers). It helps you find, develop and tell the right story at the right time in all WorkLife situations – in day-to-day communication: WorkLife and feedback conversations, presentations, talks, and negotiations, at interviews, and when socialising and networking in building and maintaining good relationships. The practice of writing helps you to tell the stories that express who you are in an interesting and engaging way.