This week we have talked a lot about motivation and the “it,” the one thing that drives you. But what happens if you don’t know what “it” is? How do you find it?
Find is probably the wrong word. Your “it” is not lost. It has been there all along. You simply need to discover it.
Yesterday, we were reminded of author Jim Collins Hedgehog Concept, which he defines as, “the . . . intersecting of: 1) what you can be the best in the world at, 2) what you are deeply passionate about, and 3) what best drives your economic or resource engine.”
When it comes to self discovery and identifying your Hedgehog there are some questions you can ask yourself to help jumpstart the process.
Is “it” fulfilling? If your it doesn’t lead to a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, you won’t stay motivated for very long.
Is “it” fruitful? If what drives you doesn’t lead to making a difference in the lives of others you are missing the point of why you are here.
Is “it” fun? You will never be great at something you don’t enjoy.
Is “it” bringing me affirmation? What are others saying? If no one has noticed or benefited from your strength, you may want to reevaluate and refocus.
Discovery is a lifelong process. Make a commitment to keep narrowing your focus and you will become the leader YOU were created to be.
What other questions need to be added to the list for someone who wants to discover their “it”?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.