catalyst challenge, day 10: personal motivators

Friday, February 18, 2022

Relaxing Music for the month: Awakening: Liquid Mind (12:11) –

Note: Please enjoy the relaxing music while completing the assessment!

This is our last activity for Week 2 of the Catalyst Challenge: Know Yourself! ONE MORE WEEK to go!

After two weeks of activities, I’m sure you’re starting to get a picture of yourself, starting to formulate your answer the question, “Who am I?”

By the end of next week, you will have all of the tools to construct your Character Resume, a document that highlights what’s best about you, when you are asked, “Tell me about yourself…”


Personal Motivators

What drives your life?  What truly motivates you?  What fuels your fire?  What matters most to you?  What gets you energized and excited?

The Personal Motivators activity will have you identify things that motivate you towards engagement, empowerment, and fulfillment in your work and in your life.  Whereas values are more global, motivators are more specific and direct, focusing on the here and now. I created this activity because I had a student share with me a couple of years ago that it didn’t matter what we did in class because she was in school to become a nurse – and nothing else. (Side note: Her love was writing.) Sadly, she wasn’t very good in the sciences and ended up leaving UNCG after her second semester because of poor grades. I’ve always wondered what she ended up doing with her life…

One thing to realize about your Motivators – they will most likely change as your life changes.  What motivates you now was most likely different 10-15 years ago – and will most likely be different 10-15 years from now.

For this activity, you will need to choose BETWEEN FIVE (5) AND SEVEN (7) Personal Motivators that drive your actions and decisions RIGHT NOW on a daily basis.  As you decide on your choices, consider whether they are:

  • Internal motivators – deciding to do something because you’re interested in it and enjoy doing it; your reasons come from within you and are not driven by other people or by an end result or outcome. or
  • External motivators – deciding to do something because you are told you have to do it by someone else; doing something because of outside factors, such as needing to achieve a goal, wanting to get a reward, or seeking to avoid a disadvantage.

There are no right or wrong answers; it’s definitely acceptable to have a combination of both types of motivation. But research has shown that people primarily driven by internal motivators are more likely to be successful in life than those primarily driven by external motivators.

As you review the list below, if there’s something that motivates you but is not listed, make sure to add that to your list.  Your results from this activity will help shape what you do, how you live, and the choices you make – now and in the future.

(Note: Internal and external definitions from the web site: “Different types of motivation” –

  • Accomplish goals
  • Achieve great things
  • Avoid judgment/looking bad
  • Become a better me
  • Become my best self
  • Be a great/inspiring leader
  • Be a role model
  • Be a team player
  • Be able to contribute ideas
  • Be able to travel/explore new places
  • Become an expert in something
  • Be around like-minded people
  • Be challenged
  • Be creative/do creative projects
  • Be curious
  • Be daring
  • Be empathetic
  • Be full of life/full of energy
  • Be great at something
  • Be the best at something
  • Be happy
  • Be in control of my life
  • Be in love
  • Be independent
  • Be optimistic
  • Be popular
  • Be productive
  • Be recognized as a valuable resource
  • Be recognized/known for something
  • Be responsible
  • Be rich and famous
  • Be safe and secure
  • Be social
  • Be successful
  • Be the center of attention
  • Be wealthy
  • Be worthy of love
  • Change the world
  • Compete against others
  • Complete tasks
  • Connect with a community
  • Do more of what I love to do
  • Do something for someone else
  • Do work that’s significant
  • Expectation of others
  • Feel great
  • Feel worthy
  • Focus on health and well-being
  • Follow my faith/religion
  • Fulfill commitments
  • Go on adventures
  • Have a certain lifestyle
  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Have a sense of self-worth
  • Have confidence in myself
  • Have financial security/financial stability
  • Have fun
  • Have freedom
  • Have greater responsibilities
  • Have hope for a better future
  • Have pleasurable feelings
  • Have power/control over others
  • Have high status
  • Have meaningful relationships
  • Have people being proud of me
  • Have thoughtful conversations
  • Have lots of money
  • Have variety
  • Help/serve others
  • Learn new things
  • Leave a legacy/be remembered
  • Live a long life
  • Live life to the fullest
  • Live according to my values
  • Make a difference in the world
  • Make an impact on others
  • Make an impact on the world
  • Make deadlines
  • Make my own decisions
  • Make wise choices
  • Obtain advanced skills/knowledge
  • Obtain professional credentials
  • Peace for self and/or for world
  • Pressure from __________
  • Prove others wrong
  • Receive praise/awards
  • Seek opportunities for growth
  • Serve something bigger than myself
  • Spend time with family and/or friends
  • Stand out in a crowd
  • Take pride in doing good work

After reviewing the list, write down FIVE (5) to SEVEN (7) Personal Motivators that are most important to you, especially as you think about how you go about your day. They don’t have to be rank-ordered, nor do you need descriptions.

Don’t be surprised if your Personal Motivators results are similar to many of the other activities we’ve completed in this challenge. Common attributes among several different activities is definitely a good thing!

Have fun!

Bill’s Personal Motivators Results

  1. Become the best version of myself.
  2. Spend quality time around like-minded people.
  3. Leave a legacy/be remembered.
  4. Do work that’s significant.
  5. Focus on holistic health and well-being (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual).
  6. Have financial security/stability.
  7. Make a significant impact by developing others.

Catalyst Challenge Worksheet

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