I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions but I do believe in taking an inventory of where you are professionally, financially and emotionally each year.

It’s invigorating to take a little time — and get a fresh perspective.
In the current business environment, one of the most important and positive things you can do for yourself is to honestly assess how you feel about your work — your level of purpose and passion. Working with purpose and passion brings joy to our lives. With a goal and a purpose we have a far more fulfilling career, reaping emotional as well as financial rewards.

As we navigate the challenges in our business this year, many of us are feeling overworked, depleted, and stressed. This is natural. There is no easy road to recovery for any business right now. If your company has been down the road of restructuring, layoffs or cutbacks, you’re undoubtedly spending more time in meetings, dealing with crisis, making tough decisions and managing with with fewer resources.
In this environment, how can you possibly honor this intention to work with with energy and purpose –so that you wake up every day excited about your work and feeling good about how you’re leading your organization?

In writing my second book, Motivate Like a CEO, one of my primary purposes was to address this challenge - to help leaders work and live with purpose and passion. We have the best of intentions- to spend time with people - to motivate and inspire them - but the day to day grind may keep us from fulfilling those plans. That’s why it is important to take a step back, and assess what it is that makes your own work meaningful to you. Motivating others requires you to be clear about your own purpose and passion.
How are you feeling today? Have you been as successful as you would like to be during the current crisis, in motivating and inspiring your team?

Here are three questions that will help you explore your purpose and passion.

 1. What activities do I enjoy most in my work and why?
 2. What projects when completed, give me the greatest satisfaction and why?
 3. What purpose have those activities and projects filled?
If you would like me to send you the full series of questions on discovering your motivation, taken directly from the new book (just published January 9th!) Motivate Like a CEO, Communicate Your Strategic Vision and Inspire People to Act! (McGraw Hill) please contact Shellie Dunlap: sdunlap@bates-communications.com or call us at 781 235-8239 . Ask for the Personal Mission Questionnaire.

To purchase a copy of the book, go to our online store or visit the Motivate Like a CEO page on amazon.com

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