In this lesson, we will cover:
- Size Of Your Thinking Determines Level Of Inspiration
- Why You Can't Fool Yourself
- How To Find Your Highest Values
- How I Organize My Day To Stay Inspired
- Why And How To Get Rid Of Fixed Hours
- How To Productively Get Rid Of Daily Goals
- Master Action
- Addressing Fears
It's hard to always feel motivated and inspired about your job.
But you have a dream of this being your daily reality, don't you?
There's no holy grail of motivation, but let me tell you how I manage to work with more inspiration.
I love to quote this story, because it's so true:
You're walking past the construction zone and you see three builders, all doing the same thing.
- The first one says: "I'm laying a brick".
- The second one tells you: "I'm building a wall".
- The third one proudly says: "I'm building the Cathedral of Sagrada Familia".
Which one of those builders is the most inspired about his job? Definitely, the third one.
Because he has a dream about building a better world and he is aware he's actually doing that.
He's just laying a brick, but in a few years there will be a majestic Cathedral standing. It will attract thousands of visitors, and their selfies will flood Instagram streams, inspiring millions of people around the world.
Some career coaches will tell you that in order to be motivated with your job, you have to find "the best parts" of it and learn to appreciate it.
If you can genuinely do it - that's OK, congratulations!
But what if you can't do it genuinely?
You need to understand, that in our dualistic world, there is always a balance. Since the Big Bang, the whole Universe has been made up of energy.
The trick with energy is that it doesn't appear nor disappear - it just gets transformed.
If you set a fire in the forest, the trees will burn. You can't fool the trees to become frozen - because you just set fire!
Likewise, you can never fool the Universe. Because it's bigger than you and it absorbs everything you do.
Logically, since you're part of the Universe, you can't fool yourself as well.
How can you tell yourself "I love my job" if you actually don't? You can't.
If you force yourself to believe into something that isn't right and genuine, you will feel spiritual pain.
You can only feel good when your job is congruent with your highest values. That's when the motivation and inspiration comes and stays with you all the time.
That's when you can honestly say: "I love my job."
If the WHY of the projects you're working on does not perfectly align with your highest values, you have to STOP doing that as soon as possible, because you're fooling the Universe, and trust me - by doing this, it can only get worse.
Everyone has values. But not everybody knows them.
A person who doesn't know their values is like a lost dog running around in the forest.
One of the biggest life changers for me was Dr Demartini's Value Determination Process.
After going through his process, I identified my highest value (which is freedom). It was there with me all my life, but I was just blind to it.
When I actually realized how much power this value has, I quit my job and started working towards spreading the value of freedom around the world.
Now, every professional action I take has a purpose of bringing more freedom to the world. If it doesn't, I skip it.
There are two kinds of motivation: push and pull.
"Push" is when you drink a cup of coffee and say to yourself: "Now I have to work. Let's start."
"Pull" is when you can't wait to start working on your task and you don't even need any coffee.
Let me tell you how I get this "pull" motivation in my life.
First of all, I don't use alarm clock.
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When I wake up early in the morning (6-7am) by myself, feeling extreme urge to start working and giving value to the world - I know that I'm following the right path.
When I wake up and I don't feel motivated to work, I don't. I just spend my day enjoying life. I go to the swimming pool. I ride up to the mountains. I go to the park and read a book. I go to events. There's no guilty in enjoying life, because the next day you might be dead anyway.
Even Steve Jobs once said:
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
You need to work only when you feel you're 100% energised. Anything lower than 90% is not acceptable.
By following this simple rule, you get much more done and get to enjoy life too.
On the other hand, if you force yourself to work when you're not feeling like working - you just spend the whole day miserably grinding until you realize there's no more time left to enjoy life.
If you have a boss who set you to work 9-5 (or any other schedule), you can easily negotiate flexible hours.
I did negotiate flexible hours at every job I worked.
The only concern your employer has about giving you flexible hours is your responsbility: will you retain your productivity when you don't have fixed hours?
When they trust you and see you as a responsible employee, negotiating flexible hours will be just a matter of 5 minute meeting.
How to prove you're responsible? Do everything what you promise, and on time. That's it.
When you get rid of the burden of fixed hours, you can finally listen to your body and work only when you're 100% prepared for that.
Usually, I even wait until I have my whole body shivering and telling me "I can't wait anymore, let's get working!"
And then I enjoy a few hours of incredible productivity.
I don't set daily goals. I set goals for weeks and evaluate my progress only once a week.
I learnt this from professional long term currency traders. Trading is a game of probabilities - they know their strategy has a profitable edge over long periods of time, but in between, it will definitely bring a lot of losing days (because nobody can predict the future). So there's no point in evaluating their daily "success" - as it would only make their minds go crazy.
Same is with your body: you can't predict how your body is going to behave tomorrow, because there are thousands of factors influencing it.
(If you believe you can predict it - tell me what kind of fantasy sellers sold you on this?)
Therefore, there's no point in evaluating your progress daily.
There are days when I wake up and feel I don't want to work. Since I listen to my body, I decide to get some rest and just enjoy my day.
Imagine what would happen if I had set a big goal for that particular day. I would feel embarassed and guilty. I would probably drink loads of coffee and force myself into unproductive working.
What's even worse - if tomorrow I had planned a day off and I wake up feeling a burst of energy, hustling to work - I have to tell myself "STOP - today is your day off!". Which is insane. I get nothing done over 2 days!
Keep in mind: blind behaviour with your body brings you unease (unease always results in disease).
When I set weekly goals, I'm confident I will achieve them anyway, even if I spend my whole Wednesday at the beach. I don't feel guilty anymore.
How can you feel guilty when you're working when you're 100% productive, and enjoying your life when you're not? Isn't that right? Isn't that how life is supposed to be?
To take immediate benefit of this lesson, I ask you to do the following in the next 14 days (start with first step immediately!):
- Find your highest values (by using Dr Demartini's Value Determination Process)
- If your job doesn't align with your highest values: change it
- Be responsible at work by doing what you promise and on time (if you're already 100% responsible, skip this step, but be honest with yourself)
- Negotiate flexible working hours
- Find out routines that work best for you by listening to your body
- Try switching from daily goals to weekly goals and see how you feel. If you're not satisfied, keep trying different planning techniques
- Get rid of everything that puts your body at unease (unease brings disease)
It might be fearful to meet your boss and ask for flexible hours.
Fear is best eliminated by boosting your confidence. When you prove yourself as a responsible person, you won't have any fears asking for flexible hours. So, you have to first openly show your responsibility.
Also, having freedom on your daily routine might seem fearful (what if you won't handle it properly?).
You will easily eliminate this fear when you identify your highest values. After that, you will get up every day feeling energised and happy. You will get done more than you expect. When you realize having flexibility and freedom is key for your success, you will stop fearing freedom.
Remember: you have a dream of feeling motivated and inspired about your job. You can't fool yourself - you need to be honest and execute the Master Action provided in this lesson, and I give you my personal 100% guarantee - you WILL become more motivated and inspired. If you don't want to do it - please close this lesson and come back when you're prepared.
Average developers usually don't feel inspired about their job.
But as an Unbeatable Developer Academy student, your goal is to provide exceptional value to the world and be among the richest people on the planet. Being average is NOT your destiny.