02 Jun What’s Your Motivation?
A TO Z: 26 ISSUES TRANSITIONING VETERANS FACE #13
I am sure at some point on our professional journeys towards success, we have been asked, or have asked someone else, “What’s your motivation?” Isn’t this statement being overused in society and especially for our veterans in transition? When you contemplate the answer, doesn’t it always resort back to the same physiological responses? Can’t we use a more formal process to try to psychologically understand the behavior patterns of those around us, as we gain additional insight into our own lives in analyzing what really matters to us all?
In all actuality, we are not asking someone for his or her assessment; but rather, we are asking for information to aid us in the evaluation of ourselves. It’s extremely difficult to be candid with ourselves when we look at the image in the mirror. That’s why when we separate people into categories of successful or unsuccessful, we have a difficult time calculating where the line is drawn. So when we ask ourselves these same questions, what are we actually gaining?
As we turn this equation over to highly-trained veterans, we are befuddled. This is due to most of us not having a clear viewpoint of one environment to another for those who served, which is relatable to those who didn’t.
So where does that leave us? It leaves us realizing how mundane we all sound in retrospect. Why do you think a veteran in transition is motivated? They are motivated because after serving, they want to be valued and respected, to be treated like everyone else with honor and dignity.
What I have realized is the difference between success and failure, or being motivated, is desire. There’s no secret formula. Whether you served or not, it’s a personal decision to succeed. When stuff gets hard, do you ball up in a fetal position or do you put on your suit of armor for battle? When your plan fails, do you jump ship or do you face the consequences and reevaluate how to do better? Looking to others for answers will never define who you are. Take the time for your development and ask yourself:
“What is MY motivation?”
For myself, SGT Michael Joseph Bluemling, Jr. (MHR), my motivation is paving a way for millions to prosper as they overcome adversity, based on the life lessons I have learned recovering from extreme abuse at the hands of my father, serving in the United States Army for four years, earning three degrees, being a father, being both a follower and a leader, and succeeding no matter the obstacle I have encountered. The Power of One is within us all, as we motivate and inspire each other for greatness beyond comprehension.