What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Take a few minutes to imagine you are lying in bed waiting for your alarm to ring.

  • What are you feeling?
  • Do your thoughts turn immediately to your to-do list?
  • Have you considered what drives your daily go-go-go?

Watch the video for more; then try the activities below.

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Suggested Activity

Explore what motivates you with a simple activity. Get a blank piece of paper or notecard. On one side, write the question: “What gets you out of bed in the morning?” On the other side, write, “What keeps you up at night?” Take 5 to 10 minutes to write out answers to both questions. Try to pare down each answer to a single sentence. Consider whether your answers give you a sense of purpose and direction. If your answers are unsatisfactory, repeat the activity with a fresh piece of paper or ask the follow-up question, “What am I going to do about it?”

Take to Your Team

Discuss with your team what you learned by doing the above activity. There is no need to reveal personal information. Rather share your experiences: Was the activity easy? Hard? Revealing? Were the results something you already knew? Do you think your answers will change depending on the circumstances in your lives?