What Drives Your Motivation?

By Charlene Li, founder of Altimeter Group, author of Open Leadership, co-author of Groundswell

CTU Success Tips - Author Charlene LiI wear a variety of hats, from head of a company to author and from mom to best friend. Like you, I have a full, busy life where there is always plenty to be done and not enough time in the day to do it all.

When you’re faced with competing priorities, it can be tough to find motivation. The truth is, I don’t do it all, at least all at the same time. Instead, my life is driven by one primary goal or purpose: to have a positive impact on others.

That’s become my mission, my mantra and my beacon when it comes to making tough decisions in business or at home. I constantly ask: Am I making a positive impact on the people I touch? Or put another way, will what I am doing right now, in this moment, make the positive impact I want in the lives of the people who are important to me?

This focus actually inspires my daily activity as well. For instance, I am a horrible procrastinator. It’s a miracle things get done! But truly, the only reason I’m able to cross things off my lengthy to-do list is because I’m driven by my purpose. I know that if I avoid priorities that the impact will be negative.

I’ve even incorporated this purpose into my business. At work, we’ve declared that Mondays and Wednesdays are 100% meeting-free, which lets our calendars (and our focus) more easily stay in sync. Positive impact – check.

If you’re searching for motivation or inspiration, you are welcome to temporarily borrow mine, but I encourage you to seek your own. It helps to be in a state of curiosity and wonder. Too often people rush through life, trying to just get things done. Inspiration comes from having a deeper purpose, one that uniquely fits your mission, values and purpose.

Bestselling author - Charlene LiCharlene Li is founder of Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College. Read her blog or follow her on Twitter

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