Motivation gets things done, drives people forward, encourages them to do things that make them feel uncomfortable, but it can't exist in isolation; motivation is attached to goals and objectives.
Conversely, having a goal doesn’t guarantee motivation. If we’re not interested in achieving a goal we can’t rely on motivation showing up to help us get there.
Example: If you've been asked to do a small task, with no timeline, that holds no interest for you, you won't rush to get that task done. However, if it's important for you to impress your manager, and to complete the work will favourably impress the boss, you'll get to completing it. Or, if your mindset is that you need to remove chores to get onto the important stuff, you'll get the task done.
If you're like me, there are components of your job that you motivationally struggle to complete, but you'll get them done. However, trying to do well in a role that's not motivating? That's when a job can become a grind!
If your job's n important part of your identity, and assuming security and lower order needs (physiological, safety and love) are attended to, then you need to get clear on how your work is contributing to the achievement of your goals. Does it offer:
• learning opportunities for knowledge and/or skill development
• an ability to immerse yourself in a vocational interest
• exposure to systems, people or organisations that you're keen to get close to?
• career pathway opportunities?
If your current position doesn't support a goal - you'll get bored! Boredom isn’t always a bad thing (gap year/university work, supports creativity); however, extended boredom can be destructive (subtly impacting performance, relationships, professional development, self-esteem). At some point, you need to pull things together and identify a career direction and get clear on how your current role supports that, or else find another job which does.
In the absence of a clear objective, you might say that your current role is a good place to be while you establish your career direction. If you accept that, put a timeline on your contemplation and constructively use the time to figure out career direction and next steps, that will be a very productive period.
Achieving career goals build focus and confidence. They motivate you to do good work and communicate that you are in charge of your career.