Our motivation, or it’s lack,
is not the fault of other people. Which means the toxic boss, negative
colleagues, or relentless organisational culture are not the reason for our lack
of motivation. Our decision to allow these things to impact our motivation is.
I know that’s hard. I know it’s easier to point the finger at others. I also
know that sustained contact with these potential demotivators can wear even the
hardiest person down.
The issue is that so long as we look for the cause
outside ourselves we’ll not take personal responsibility for making the changes
that are needed. Instead, we join others and gossip about the toxic boss rather
than make the hard decision to find a new job or raise the issue with HR.
Instead we continue in our lack of motivation, waiting and hoping for someone
else to change their behaviour - and that may never ever happen - leopards and
their spots and all that!
If you’re lacking motivation, what action can you take
today to take responsibility for the external factors you’re currently allowing
to impact your joy for life?