Your Secret Weapon For Staying Inspired & Motivated in HR During COVID-19 (Part 1 or 2)

by Alan Collins

With all the distressing news about COVID-19 every day, it’s hard not to feel the blues.

So, it’s great news that we’re gradually beginning to emerge from it.

However, there are some HR folks that never let the Great Pandemic stress them out.

Would you like to know:

Curious about how they do it?

Let me give you ONE theory.

Are you ready?

It’s because they’ve given themselves a… 

Big Mission That Matters!  

That’s their secret weapon.

Here’s how I’d further define this.

It’s a cause, a driving purpose or
simply the big reason that inspires
you to get up in the morning!

That’s it.

It’s no more complicated than that.

Have you given yourself a big mission that matters?  Are you currently be driven by one?  If not, why not?

Think about the top performers in all walks of life.

I guarantee they have ONE thing in common — they’ve given themselves a compelling cause or purpose that drives them.

For example:

With Oprah…it’s to be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring adults and kids to be more than they thought they could be.

For Taylor Swift…it’s to write and perform songs about love that entertain audiences and lift the human spirit.

In the case of LeBron James…it’s to be a role model and positively affect the lives of children and young adults.

For them and the thousands of other top achievers, such missions help them:

Stay inspired and energize their daily behavior.

Prioritizes the projects they say YES to.

And it gives them that tiny extra edge that keeps them positive when times get tough.

Giving yourself your own inspiring MISSION can do the same for you as an HR pro. 

To illustrate, let’s talk about…

Some examples of BIG MISSIONS

I’ll start. Here’s mine:

My big mission is to wake up every day, eager and excited to:
…Make my own unique mark in the HR profession in both big and small ways.
…Help others in HR achieve the own personal career successes, overcome obstacles and become the best versions of themselves by utilizing my Success in HR platform.
…Leave a personal legacy that will exist long after I’m gone that will inspire future generations of HR professionals through the helpful books, articles, presentations, coaching and guidance I’ve provided.

That’s the MISSION I’ve given myself that matters to me.  I know it’s a mouthful. But it’s what catapults me out of bed at crazy hours in the morning and gives me insomnia at night.  (The insomnia part, I don’t recommend).

When I’m down in the dumps or need a spark, I’ll just look down at my phone where I’ve captured this MISSION as my motivational reminder.

Yes, there are a few more items on my MISSION list that are deeply personal that I don’t share outside of my family. But you’ve just read  what drives me 90% of the time.

Here are more examples I’ve gathered
over time from my close personal
network of HR pros I’ve known forever.

Director, Staffing & Talent Acquisition 
hunt down and find great people and put them into fantastic roles so that they can take full advantage of their talents, feel inspired and help our organization succeed.

Sr. Manager, Global Organization & Talent Development 
utilize my skills in partnering with business leaders so that they can improve their own personal leadership results, enhance their team’s performance and provide opportunities for their best people to excel.

VP, HRIS & Technology 
To be a nationally recognized as the leader of one of the leading HRIS groups so that not only I can help our organization operate more productively and efficiently…but also so that my peer HRIS leaders from other (non-competitive) organizations can benefit from my experiences.   

Hopefully you can feel the passion and emotion embedded in these missions, just by reading them.

That said, here are…

Lessons To Take From These Examples

#1:  Your MISSION can take just about any shape or form.

It doesn’t have to be some gigantic, all-encompassing purpose that changes the world. It can be huge if you want — but you don’t have to aim to be the next Gandhi or Mother Teresa.

It can be something simple, a project, a goal, a positive vision for your future, what you want to be known for or something you want to provide for others.  Or it can be a combination of all of these.

The most important question is:
-Does it resonate with you?
-Is it compelling to you?
-Does it motivate and inspire YOU?

#2:  Don’t get hung up on labels and buzzwords.

Let me tell you what’s a waste of time.  It’s answering questions like how is my MISSION different than a “passion,” “vision,” “my why,” “purpose,” or “calling,” “motto,” or “lifetime goal.”

Everyone has different definitions of these terms. And debating them serve no useful purpose and lead you nowhere.

Besides, you’re free to call your MISSION anything you want. If you want to call it a passion, cool.  If you want to refer to it as your vision or calling, great! You define what you want it be.

Again, the central question you should ask yourself is is do you have a statement in your life that inspires and gets you out of bed. That’s what’s important.

Don’t overthink this.

#3:  Don’t make it a competition, either.

This isn’t American Idol or Survivor.

You don’t win by having a better sounding MISSION than I do.

And I don’t need to have a better one than you either.

You win by having a MISSION that’s deeply personal and that only matters to you.

#4:  Making money, by itself, is seldom the MISSION.

I know your paycheck is a big deal. Mine is too. But money tends to acts an enabler of something else — your real MISSION.

So, if you believe your burning MISSION is to just improve your bank account, keep asking yourself “why do I need more cash?”

And don’t stop drilling down on this question until you get to the core reason or the difference that having more money will make in your life or the lives of others.  That’ll give you your MISSION THAT MATTERS.

#5:  Finally, expect your MISSION to change.

What matters to you now is no doubt different than it was ten years ago, or when you were in college…or what it will be ten years from now.

As you grow, mature and your desires evolve, so will your MISSION.

So, if it no longer drives you, it’s time to give yourself a new MISSION!

Now let’s summarize.

If you find it tough to stay inspired and energized as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, give yourself a MISSION THAT MATTERS that can operate as your motivational secret weapon.

It’s your turn.

Have you given yourself a big MISSION that matters?  Are you using it?  How is it working? What are your insights and thoughts about this concept?  Please share them in the comments below.

What’s next?

Now that you’ve read Part 1, go here to read Part 2



Want more BIG ideas for staying inspired, motivated and energized in your current role in HR? Then check out:

WINNING BIG IN HR: 100+ Powerful Strategies For Accomplishing Great Results Faster & Getting Your Clients To Rave About You As A Human Resources Professional!

For more detailed information about this book, go HERE.


If you are an aspiring HR leader or anticipate moving into a new HR leadership role soon, then check out.

THE NEW HR LEADER’S FIRST 100 DAYS:  How To Start Strong, Hit The Ground Running & ACHIEVE SUCCESS FASTER As A New Human Resources Manager, Director or VP.

For more information about this book, go HERE.

About the author: Alan Collins is Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of best selling books for HR professionals including WINNING BIG IN HR. and THE NEW HR LEADER’S FIRST 100 DAYS.  He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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