Megyn Kelly just started a new job as the 9am anchor of the Today show on NBC. The former Fox TV anchor left the network for a completely new kind of role. Even when Fox offered her more money to stay, she left to take a job that's completely different than the one that made her famous. That's a big risk. Especially, for a woman. Sadly, studies show women's career mistakes are remembered and held against them longer. Which means, the pressure is on for Kelly to succeed. Yet, when asked why she decided to make the bold switch, here was her incredible answer:
"People say, 'Oh, it's a new place; Oh you can fail; Oh, you haven't done a morning network TV show,' " Kelly says. But "you don't make decisions out of fear. I could have made more money, I could have had more job security ... that wasn't what I wanted to do."
Want greater career satisfaction? Tap into your intrinsic motivation.
Psychology teaches us there are two types of motivation. The first is called "extrinsic" and it comes from outside incentives like pay raises, promotions, perks, benefits, etc. They are dangled in front of us like a carrot. And, for many humans, the natural reaction is to pursue them because of how they make us feel - initially. The problem is extrinsic motivators are bribes. And, as the short-lived high we get from receiving them wears off, we realize we're being controlled by those that gave us the bribe.
The second type of motivation is "intrinsic" and it comes from inside us. It's the self-satisfaction we feel for making a choice to do something that engages us. The activity is it's own reward. Which means, the happiness we derive from it is longer lasting and can be sustained long-term. Ask anyone who has built a career based on their own unique intrinsic motivators and they will tell you they're happier and feel greater levels of satisfaction and gratitude because they are in control.
Sadly, 49% of professionals don't know how to make an intrinsic-motivated career move.
A survey by my company, Work It Daily, shows while more than 77 percent of workers dream of making a career change, a whopping half of them, 49 percent, say they don't know where to begin. How is this possible? Most professionals today have never been taught how to properly self-assess their strengths and preferences and match them to their motivators. School doesn't teach us how to create a career that suits our unique needs. The result? A series of career choices that leave most people feeling incapable of building a career that makes them happy. Add to that the desire to impress people and earn respect and you have a workforce that's pursuing definitions of career success set by other people's standards - a/k/a they're extrinsically motivated and miserable.
Want to be intrinsically motivated in your career? Get the 3Cs.
For those who want to by like Megyn Kelly and make choices that provide greater career satisfaction, it starts with identifying resources to help you shift your focus and expand your mindset. It's far too easy to stay trapped in your current career. There will be an overwhelming amount of external influencers trying to convince you to not do it. But, if you tap into resources that can support you, you can fight against them and have a career breakthrough. We refer to them as the 3Cs: Courses (education), Coaching (mentoring), and Community (peer support). When you have all of them, you are better equipped to push past the negative self-talk and peer pressure that usually stops most people from going after intrinsically motivated career moves.
Don't keep getting distracted by those external motivators that are holding you back from true career happiness. Instead, realize that the sooner you get clear on what you want and go after, the sooner you'll feel the incredibly positive benefits of being in control and satisfied with your career choices.