What’s Your Motivational Currency?
Compounding Motivation: making your motivation work for you.
Have you ever thought about what it is that keeps you motivated?
If I were to tell you the comment that I get most often in response to what I’m doing (and sometimes it just feel like what I’m attempting to do) with my businesses, what I post on social media, or a response to a one-on-one session is:
“Man you’re inspiring, and you keep folks like us motivated.”
I don’t say that to be vain, and if you ask anyone that truly knows me they’ll tell you that I get pretty awkward when receiving compliments or praise. The importance of the statement is that it is a type of motivational currency for me — knowing that I’m impacting others positively is the fuel that keeps me going.
Outside of comments like the one previously mentioned, I had to take a step back and really think about what motivates me, why do I spend hours on hours working tirelessly on these ventures as well as the ventures of others?
Firstly, I’m going to need you to put on your optimism glasses and think glass-half-full for a moment, because my two statements sound kind of morbid, but bear with me.
1) “B, you could die tomorrow.”
Really, though at any moment it just might be your time to go. So are you going to spend today twiddling your thumbs or making your dreams a reality? Do you want to wait for tomorrow to accomplish something you could easily accomplish today?
One of my biggest motivators to keep grinding is knowing that at any moment something can happen that will limit my ability to do what is that I’m capable of doing right now.
2) “What are they going to say about you when you’re gone?”
Money makes the world go ‘round, I get it, but in the grand scheme of things, I know that the what is more valuable than your net worth is your net impact. Knowing that what it is that you are doing is either, a) making the world a better place, b) blessing the lives of others, c) making a statement that is bigger than yourself should be integral in what motivates you.
Don’t look at what you don’t have, look at what you have — and use that to leave a legacy.
“The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.” — Jim Carey
The Formula for Compounded Motivation, or Impact.
Since we are talking about currency and we are also talking about motivation; I figured I would put together a simple formula to how your motivational currency leads to greater impact, which is eerily similar to a compounding interest equation — Eric Patrick, feel free to audit my financial equations.
(SN: As an engineer by education, you know I like equations. If you need a formula on how your success is a force to be reckoned with — check out, A Momentous Equation.)
Your motivational currency is what drives you and what you most value. It may be praise and words of affirmation. For some it’s tangible results, checking tasks off their to-do list, and always showing measurable progress. It could also be, climbing the corporate ladders, the number of accolades you get, how many people you make smile or any number of things.
Ultimately, it is what drives you.
This is simply the rate in which you work for your motivational currency. Some put a couple hours a week to their craft, others are hustling a few hours a day, maybe even more. Thinking about compounding interest, the greater your interest rate, the greater your investment grows.
Your effort is defined by your hustle.
Similar to time in the compounding interest equation, your impact is exponentially correlated to your reach. In Birthday Song, 2 Chainz let us know they ask him, “What he does, and who he does it for.” Well, your reach is exactly that — who you do it for.
It’s easy to think that, “Hey, if my reach is global I’ll have a greater impact,” this true by definition, but I’d argue that your reach is your target audience. Depending on what it is that defines your hustle (“what you do”) your reach is the totality of that group — maybe it’s the globe, but maybe it’s your community or a segmented industry. The higher the percentage of your reach that you are attaining your motivational currency and applying effort — the greater your impact.
Your reach is the size of your desired audience.
You know that financial saying that I-bankers, Tony Robbins, and my dad love saying? “Make your money work for you” well growing your impact is no different — I’d say:
“Let your motivational currency work for you.”
Do me a favor and sound off in the comments: what’s your motivational currency? What motivates you? How do you make an impact?
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