Values

values

Project quote:

“When did you start smoking and how did you start? … Were your friends trying cigarettes? … Did you want to look glamourous or just older? Were you trying to lose weight?”  (P. Stanford, Quit Smoking in 72 Hours: Without Weight Gain or Withdrawal, 2018)

My thoughts:

The topic of smoking does not interest me in the slightest. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never been interested in trying it out. I don’t really care too much whether other people smoke as long as it doesn’t happen in a place I’m unable to leave when they light up, like a vehicle, or restroom, or restaurant…etc.  So why am I writing about it?

What does interest me is understanding what makes people do things that they know will likely harm them. I certainly can’t exclude myself from this group, either.

I feel it’s important to examine motivations and fears, to discover what drives us to do anything risky or physically damaging. If we can admit to ourselves what we really want, no matter how petty, or ridiculous or worthwhile, then it’s a step towards figuring out what our values are.

If our values become clear, then it’s easier to weigh our actions against these values. Look for alternatives.

I’m having a difficult time coming up with examples because I fear that readers will think I’m judging them or picking things that I disapprove of. Maybe you all could help a lady out? Drop a comment below and tell me about something you do or have done that could be considered risky or harmful and then tell me what made you do it. Not an excuse, or a long explanation. But your true motivation or fear that pushed you.

Ok, here’s my confession. Often, I edit all night, and neglect to get enough sleep because I love receiving praise for my work. Seriously, I live for it sometimes. Feeling appreciated motivates me to provide the best quality of work that I possibly can, sleep deprivation be damned. The problem with that should be obvious, as it disrupts my schedule, and can affect my health.

There are so many things that people can lie to themselves about. But why? Fear of change? Fear of responsibility? Fear of pain in one form or another? Fear of loss? The list is endless.

But what do you value MORE than avoiding whatever your personal fear is?
What do you really want?
Security? Admiration? Love? Relief? Truth? Control? Acceptance?

… for me to stop asking questions?


Editing projects for weeks ending March 11, 2018:
Book publishing website, Nonfiction book, Technology website, Academic research article, Nonfiction investment book, Fiction book
Client countries:  US, Lithuania, China, Thailand


 

 

Motivation

motivation

Project quote

“If you reach the point where you don’t care about your work or the quality of it, this is usually a big sign of lacking motivation. When you don’t care, you stop putting forth the effort. Don’t think you are fooling anyone.” (Tom Henricksen, 2017; Pursuing IT: A Practical Guide for Discovering Your Future Technical Job)

My thoughts

Lack of motivation is one of the items listed in a checklist designed to help readers determine whether it’s time to move on to a new employment opportunity. I completely agree. This is one of several factors that influenced my decision to leave positions I’ve held before; even to change my entire direction career wise.

While there’s something to be said for making the best of a bad situation that you can’t find a solution for yet, I feel that so often we settle for less than what we’re capable of, less than what we need. To truly succeed, we need to feel motivated by our work, and have a desire to do our best and please our boss and serve our customers or clients. Fear can hold us back, I know it’s held me back. Fear of not finding something better, fear of failure. But finding a job or career that you’re good at and a position that you love can do wonders for overall happiness and fulfillment.


Editing projects for weeks ending December 24, 2017
Nonfiction business book
Client countries: US