If you are stuck in a bit of a rut with your career, then it can be time to do something about it. You don’t have to completely switch and retrain to love what you do either. You can still stay on the same career path, but change employers or look for roles and ways to train that are going to motivate and inspire you more.

One thing that can make you stand out from the crowd, and could lead to promotions and progression is when you are memorable to clients, customers, or partners (in a good way, of course). If you are able to build good relationships quite easily, and your passion, knowledge and motivation shine through, then it can boost the business or make more people want to work with you. Your energy will make you stand out, which is a great thing in a busy marketplace or in competitive industries.

If you have these skills, then you are the kind of person that an employer will want to hire. Being too clinical or removed when dealing with others can put people off and give a negative or simply just a bland impression of you and the business. So in order to get to where you want to be and to apply for that promotion and get it, for instance, you need to hone your skills of how you deal with people and how you nurture professional relationships.

Being able to show passion for what you are doing can quite often trump the knowledge that you have. Take a job interview, for example. If you have ever interviewed someone that showed energy and charisma, but didn’t necessarily have all the knowledge, are the people you’re likely to remember. And the good thing, from an employer’s point of view, is that the knowledge can be taught on the job. But having the passion and energy, and that it shows, is really key.

So finding what motivates you in your life and career is really vital. That will be the driving force to get you onto the career path that you want to be on and achieving the goals that you have. So think about it and write it down. There are two types of motivation to be thinking about too; external motivation and intrinsic motivation. Think about the two types and what drives you. Are you more interested in the process, rather than the goal, and the ways that you can develop and grow to get there? Or are external factors what motivate you, like validation from colleagues, the promotion that could come from doing a leadership and management course, or the financial reward you’ll get with a new job?

Your motivation, coupled with a few other things, will be what sees you through your goals in life and in your career. Think about:

  • Faith – you have to believe that you can do it and that you will be able to achieve.
  • Commitment – take a step back and think about how much you really want it. Can you be committed enough to see it through?
  • Focus – you need to commit and be focused, and ‘in it for the long haul’ so to speak.