Stay Positive

October 6, 2016 | Author: Krystof Chotas

After nearly five years at Honeywell, I found out motivation is the key factor influencing your performance.  Without motivation, it’s hard to stay focused or come up with new ideas to help your company grow.

Procrastination is a big issue today, with many articles written about it. I believe procrastination is a combination of factors, resulting in avoiding tasks that need to be accomplished. These factors can be internal (lack of motivation, personal states, etc.) or external (noisy office, dirty desk). No doubt many have faced this, but what can be done about it?

The idea is simple, but it takes practice. You just need to keep yourself motivated and find out your personal vision. These two terms are connected. To understand, let me explain what is meant by motivation.

Understanding Motivation

Psychology theory identifies two types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation means from your “heart and soul.” It is yourself-desire to seek out challenges, new technologies, information and knowledge.

Extrinsic motivation is the opposite. It is everything that motivates you externally or from the outside. It can be the work environment, salary, benefits or your life situation. Research shows both types of motivation have a different influence on your performance, but notes intrinsic motivation can last much longer than extrinsic motivation.

What does that mean? It’s those times when you are so focused and determined to get something finished that you just keep working on it until you complete it - no matter what is going on around you. Alternatively, imagine getting a new super-awesome benefit from your employer. This may motivate you for a little while and your performance will be higher for a time, but the motivation is short-lived. Figure 1 shows these hypothetical curves.

Motivation Curves

Figure 1: Motivation curves

Doing What You Love

Twice, I have received very useful advice from more experienced colleagues. They told me: “It is not about the money, but just do what you love, and money will come to you by itself.” The first time I heard it, I was very new to the company and I did not understand what they meant. Now, I understand it completely. Why didn’t I understand? It was mostly because of lack of experience. I was not able to determine what I really loved to do.

I’m thankful for a great opportunity Honeywell provided. It was being part of the first wave of the Leading Edge Program that changed my scope and view of my career. I was able to explore several Honeywell sites around the world and could try various roles in the company. But after participating in that program and working as a Project Engineer (PE) two years, I was still missing something.

After some time I discovered it was the focus on problem-solving. I was terribly missing problem analysis, new technologies and getting new knowledge. I was promised more money if I stayed as a project engineer, but I found myself asking myself: is it worth it? It took me about a year to realize no amount of money is worth it if you don’t love the job you are doing (even if you are good at it).

Now I am in a new engineering role, one that allows me to explore the world of new technologies and I love it. I have no problem working late, because I do what I want to do. I am more focused on the problems and come up with better ideas than before.

Honeywell is a company full of great opportunities, where you can explore what you would love to do. One day you are a systems engineer and the next day you are scientist, project guy or software engineer on a completely different project. If you keep this in mind and decide to get to know yourself more, you can quickly become successful.

Your Personal Vision

Now we are getting to “personal vision.” Honeywell has its STRAP, vision and mission to drive to its objectives. Personal vision is like a micro-version of STRAP. You just have to determine what you want to do in the future, your personal goals and your priorities.

A lot of you might say: “yeah,I already know that” or “what nonsense, I feel comfortable in my job.” But do not underestimate this. If you feel comfortable, you may have become complacent and are no longer working to improve yourself.

Let me suggest one small, simple exercise: Take 30 minutes a month to relax – perhaps with some coffee, tea, snack or whatever will take your focus off your daily work. Use 15 minutes to think about your current job, personal life, work-life balance, hobbies, family and interests. Take some short notes so you don’t lose track of your thinking – a mind map can be good tool.

Use the rest of the time to write one or two paragraphs about your vision. Put down ideas about where you want to be, what you want to do or what do you want to achieve. Try to envision something that is achievable, yet challenging. This simple exercise can help you get where you want to be. It takes a little time, but not as long as you might imagine.

Honeywell is one of the best companies to figure out what you love to do. It is a company where you have tons of opportunities to face interesting challenges and improve your skills and knowledge. You just have to realize that, and not be afraid to try new things along the way!

I would like to thank you for reading this article. I hope I gave you some new points of view or that you have some new takeaways from it.

Krystof Chotas

Krystof Chotas

Krystof joined Honeywell in 2011 as a student-intern. Since that time he held several roles in Honeywell Aerospace. Krystof graduated in the first batch of participants in the Honeywell Aerospace Leading Edge Program in 2015. Recently he was selected for a new role as a Scientist III for augmented reality products. Before joining Honeywell, he worked in marketing and market research. Krystof is passionate about music, design and new technologies and he definitely likes many sports such as MTB, basketball, volleyball and golf.

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