There are many things that can motivate you: fear, hope, anger, desire. One of the more overlooked emotions is joy. What brings you the most joy?
Negative emotions can be channeled into positive action. For example, if you are afraid of losing your job, you might try to impress the people you work for and with.
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However, positive emotions are very valuable as well. Experiencing joy can be exhilarating, and the desire to recapture that feeling can be very powerful.
In order to have a repeat experience, however, it helps to know just what, exactly, brings you joy.
Can you think of times in your life when you have felt joyous? What did those moments have in common? And what might you do in order to feel that way again?