Why do we work?
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs tells us that the physiological, or most basic of human needs, is food, water, warmth and rest followed by security and safety. In order to provide these for ourselves and our family, we need money and therefore need to work.
However, do you love your job and what you do on a regular basis to earn money, or are you in it only for the money? Have you found the right career for you or are you still searching?
I’ve done many different jobs in my career but the one similarity is that they have all involved people. Whether I was supporting people, teaching people or managing people, it was the interaction with them that I was passionate about and really motivated me.
I discovered early on in my career that I had a way with people. They would respond to my questions or requests and I could influence them even when I had no authority over them. How did I do this? I discovered through studying and research that I had an aptitude to adapt my behaviours to fit in with my surroundings. I was a bit of a chameleon! It’s human nature to be drawn to ‘people like us’ and when we mirror others, they are more likely to come on board with your thoughts and ideas.
I wanted to share this concept with others and that’s why a set up my business Cognition Coaching in November 2017. Using psychological profiling tools and one-to-one coaching, I can engage and motivate people to understand their strengths, weaknesses and discover any blockers that could potentially be holding them back. Helping an individual to unlock their potential and gain the confidence to apply for that new job, ask for a pay rise or volunteer for that challenging project was an area that I was good at. Because I play to my own strengths, it really doesn’t feel like a job.
As part of my company CSR, I work with Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) as I believe it is imperative for our young adults to recognise what they are good at and what they enjoy, understand their strengths and realise what jobs fit with their skills so they can have successful portfolio careers.
If you are already in the world of work and in a job that doesn’t motivate you to get out of bed in the morning or is not fulfilling your potential, do something about it! Get in touch for a chat: