What Motivates You?

What motivates you?  What gets you out of bed in the morning and gets you going each and every day?  When I interview new potential employees, this is one my favorite questions I like to ask.  I like to see what motivates each person to get up, get their shoes on and come to work.  For some, it’s just a job.  For others, they actually like the work.  It’s fulfilling or challenging or whatever, but they genuinely like to do what they do.  For the most part, everyone has always given a good answer, really there isn’t a wrong answer (maybe some better than others), but what got me thinking the other day was what motivates me.

I do enjoy my job, I enjoy the work I do, the challenge of the what I do and helping our clients succeed.  But outside of work, what really motivates me?  It’s something to think about.  I think many of us go through the motions of life….work, home, family events, repeat….and those are the exciting days.  As I tend to do from time to time, I like to reevaluate my life and what I’m doing and where I’m going….and now I’m looking at my motivations.

  • My family.  I am motivated everyday to be with my family.  My four children and my awesome wife always make me wake with a smile on my face (at least on the inside).  I enjoy spending time with them and I’m motivated to be the best father / husband I can be.  Everything else I do, I do for them.  They are my motivation.
  • My job.  As I mentioned above, my job brings great motivation, not only for the obvious earnings that I make and giving me the ability to provide for my family…but it challenges me intellectually, and the joy of doing a job well done for a client and that I’ve made a difference in someone elses work is a great feeling.
  • Perhaps most importantly, my faith.  I’m motivated everyday to wake up with a song in my heart and a smile on my face…..doesn’t happen everyday…but I try.  I try to go about my day each day as if God was right there with me…..because he is……remembering that keeps me focused on my goals, keeps me moving to where God is and looking for his gentle guidance to lead me to where he wants me to be.  The excitement of knowing that God is always working in my life is a great motivation each day.

Motivation is a powerful force in your life that keeps you moving.  Find something that motivates you and get’s you excited to get out of bed, no matter what it may be and you’ll wake up with a smile on your face.

Published by jasonlautzenheiser

Christ follower, Husband and father to 4. Software developer by trade, football / baseball coach on the side. I also develop games in Unity and Monogame on the side as well as tools geared towards gamers.

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