Here is the link again to a GREAT video on drive & motivation.
As the video explains, paying someone more money will actually reduce their effectiveness (unless they're doing repetitive “algorithmic” tasks and do not require conceptual thinking). So unless you work in a factory, being paid more money beyond what a person feels is a decent salary is not going to get better results.
Basically what it comes down to is understanding your intrinsically motivates you. Achieving mastery? A feeling of a sense of purpose? Is it intellectual puzzles? The feeling of overcoming seemingly impossible challenges? Physical pleasure? Boosting your ego?
If you understand what internal drives you have – you can think and start to plan on how to channel those. And hey, since you're a witch/wizard/sorcerer/etc you can weave this insight in to your magic to get better results.
For me the following are options on how to channel my drive to make this project a success:
- Treat it like a second job. I'm motivated to be good at the (few) things I chose to focus on such as a career. To achieve mastery in a chosen field, the more obscure the better.
- Treat it like its a reward. Rather than think of it like a chore, switch around my perception of what is a reward and a chore for a limited time. This requires some re-wiring of established behaviour but that should not be too hard, right?
- Just do it! (bulldozer style). This approach means clearing my calendar of any other interests, hobbies, social engagements, sleep, reading projects, etc. It's do-able but it does lead to burn-out.