How to Find your Motivational Driver


The first four chapters of the Diplomatic Planner helps to recognise what is important to us and why to use such drivers for our career. Our motivation is the reason behind our actions, needs and desired. Without motivation, our will to do something becomes very difficult, sometimes almost unbearable. That is why it is so important to identify our motivational drivers to keep us moving forward and deal with life’s setbacks appropriately.

 Here are some techniques to find your drive and achieve results.


1. Connect to your values

Setting values is a core component to your diplomatic training and one that is emphasised heavily in the Diplomatic Planner. Value setting helps to connect you with your work and align them with your life. Refer to Chapter 3 “Enhancing Emotional Intelligence” to discover your values.


2. Find Your WHY

What is your purpose? Why do you want to do this work, task, project etc? What is that one-liner that keeps you anchored?


3. Change Your WHY

If you aren’t happy with why you do something, change it so that your purpose has a better motivational fit. Are you doing something to just get it done, to learn something new, or to help you move forward? Why? Always be conscious of why you are doing something so that your time is well spent and self-respected.


4. Change Your HOW

Now that you know why you do something, are you doing it in the right way? There are so many different ways to do one thing but some are more tedious and time consuming than others. Sometimes slower is better. Sometimes, passing the task to someone else (a freelancer for example) is better to free up more time. Escape from mundane tasks and only concentrate on things that you really want to do.


5. Remember HOW it feels

If doing a particular task fills you with dread, how can you change this to a more positive experience for yourself? When you feel good, you find your motivation faster. Make a list of things you like and dislike doing in your day-to-day activity and see how you can adjust your responsibilities.


6. Shift focus to past, present or future

Sometimes, it is difficult to be in the present when you are so focused on getting things complete for future growth. Being in the present moment can be daunting or even painful. It is all about shifting perspective and visualising a more compelling future. Think about how the work you do now is going to affect the future and consider if this is a good or bad adjustment.

7. Change your language


How you speak to yourself is critical to how you view things. For example, if you constantly tell yourself you “must”, “have” “should” “need” to do something, your motivation to even start may be weak to begin with. The power of choice and simply reframing your language to “I choose” to do this is empowering and motivational. Choose your words carefully and make them work for you, not the other way round.


8. Find a mentor

Talking through your ideas, thoughts, feelings to someone related to your field can really help clear your mind. We are all anxious about something but having a mentor can help steer you in the right direction, particularly in times of uncertainty and high levels of stress. Pair up with a mentor who connects to your values, or consider joining the Diplomatic Career Coaching for a one hour planning session.


In conclusion, when identifying your motivational driver, try to understand how your motivation is rewarded. Intrinsic motivation is rewarded internally, such as feeling a sense of accomplishment or personal satisfaction. Extrinsic motivations is rewarded externally such as money or recognition from others. What does your motivation depend on to keep you focused on your goals? Are your motivations based on more intrinsic or extrinsic values to justify your actions? The goal is shift to more intrinsic motivation and cut your dependencies on extrinsic motivation so that you are able to power and inspire yourself without constantly needing feeding from others.

If in doubt, consider joining the Diplomatic Career Coaching or powering through the Diplomatic Planner for further guidance.