Motivation means triggering, directing, and sustaining effort. There are days when we get out of bed in the morning and it requires very little for us to take on the day’s challenges. We feel a great sense of clarity about what we want to do. And it’s not a challenge at all to stay motivated until we head home in the evening. And then there are those other days — often it feels as if there are far too many of them — when we get out of bed in the morning and feel disenchanted and disillusioned, or overwhelmed, or completely unclear about what we should be doing. Or when we excitedly embark on a new plan of action but then feel mired in a slow grind after a few hours of work. That’s motivation. It’s one of the most important considerations for any manager. Managers are responsible for staying motivated and helping to motivate others.