What’s Your Motivation?

Since Office Space is one of my all-time favorite movies, it’s no wonder I woke up this morning hearing words of wisdom from Peter Gibbons. Typically before I get up in the morning, I take a few moments to check in with my spiritual team.  Well, this very morning, I asked my Higher Self a question about my work ethic.  Basically, I don’t like being forced to get out of bed just because it’s a workday. Even if I get up extremely early, I still don’t like the idea of being pressured to watch the clock. ⏲ Recently this has become evident through my five-year-old son. As if in a trance, whenever I wake him up, its always about rushing from one task to the next. Needless to say, he doesn’t like early mornings either. 😡 So when seeking spiritual insight this morning, Office Space was used to remind me of a statement Peter made during his meeting with the Bobs: “It’s not that I’m lazy; it’s that I just don’t care.”  Prior to saying this, Peter was sharing with the outside consultants: Bob Porter and Bob Slydell, what a typical day on the job was like for him. So here’s a quick excerpt or you could watch the clip on YouTube.

Peter Gibbons: The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.
Bob Porter: Don’t…don’t care?
Peter: It’s a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don’t see another dime, so where’s the motivation? And here’s something else, Bob, I have eight different bosses right now.
Bob Slydell: I beg your pardon?
Peter: Eight bosses.
Bob S: Eight?
Peter: Eight, Bob. So that means when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That’s my only  real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.(Source)

Without realizing it, I’ve always been of the mindset. Let me explain: I was the one who would go above and beyond for my employer. There were many nights that I’d take projects home and work on them while OFF THE CLOCK. I’d literally pour out all of my creative juices while at work. Unfortunately, when I came home to focus on personal projects for myself, I would draw a blank. I was too emotionally drained to start (or even finish) anything for myself. But wait, isn’t that a little backward?  💩

When it came to doing something important to me outside of work, I’d literally draw a blank on my own projects. Well, this morning, I was being gently reminded by my spiritual team that in the past I would misplace my motivation. This misplacement caused me to lost sight of my own heart’s desire, my own purpose, and destiny for this lifetime. And yes, in the Western World, money and/or income is a necessity for food, clothing, and shelter, but there’s got to be more to life than just surviving. What about thriving and living abundantly? Of course, this doesn’t mean that one should become self-centered and egotistical. Yet none of us can afford to expend all of our time, energy, and money, depleting ourselves to provide for others, while only walking away with scraps. 🍽

As you’ll see in the YouTube clip embedded below, Peter is visiting an occupational hypnotherapist with his girlfriend and he’s sharing with him about how much he dislikes his job. Now, in Peter’s case, it was his job, but in your case, dear reader, it could be something else, so insert what important to you.

“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worse day of my life.” ~ Peter Gibbons, Office Space (1999)

I won’t say that “Every day is the worse day of my life,” but doesn’t it get old, day in and day out being on a hamster wheel?!? This is not about being ungrateful either. It’s about finding your true calling and operating in it. When you do that then you are giving from the heart, from a place of love and not from a place of obligation. Personally, when the motivation isn’t there, neither am I. I can be physically present its that’s all that’s required but it’s hard for me to force my heart to engage in anything that isn’t fulfilling. I can only go through the motions for so long before I crash and burn. Often I’ve asked myself: Isn’t there more to life than simply existing? Perhaps we all need a little hypnosis to help us extract the sweetness of life and muster up the strength to truly go after our dreams without any cares and worries knowing that the Universe will provide if and when we are in divine alignment. So, stop and ask yourself:  What is my heart’s desire and why haven’t I been wholeheartedly pursuing it? 💗


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