There's so much great advice to read on the how-to's of conducting a successful job search. You know about hiring a great resume writer, networking, differentiating yourself from the pack, cover letters, job boards, interview dos and don'ts, and so on.
So how do you get motivated to start all of that? And how do you stay motivated to make it all happen?
There are all kinds of sources of motivation. Maybe you're motivated by other people's expectations of you, the pain of your current situation, an externally imposed deadline, duty, desire, an unstoppable force of exuberance and optimism (lucky you!), plain ol' stubbornness, money, status, necessity or the promise of future happiness.
When I work with career coaching clients, I always ask what motivates them. I also ask how that particular source of motivation helps them or hinders them.
For example, just because fear of a re-org motivates you right now to conduct a job search doesn't mean that it's your most effective source of motivation. When you're feeling stuck and frustrated, you need to be able to turn to a strong motivating force to get you going again. Anger at your negative situation may not pull through for you, but a desire to work in an industry you care deeply about, for instance, can be an incredibly strong pull to keep you moving during your job search process.
Today write a list of everything you can think of that motivates you as you work on your job search. Star the items that pull you toward something positive and consider letting go of the least inspiring obligatory motivations.
While you're at it, write down the names of the people in your life who motivate you to stick with something, try harder, risk more, be great. Remember to call them!
Knowing how to find motivation when you're needing it the most will ensure that you actually execute the brilliant job search strategy you worked hard to create.