I am happy in my current job I know I can do more but I have no motivation to go through the hassle

Unless you're particularly lucky, this situation, pleasant as it is, is a recipe for career risks, stagnation, underachievement, and maybe trouble.

Not to denigrate a good work environment, or a happy work situation, but the world hasn't gone away. Workplaces change, and they're changing more, and faster, than ever before. The current employment situation is unprecedented, and those who don't look where they're going might find themselves going in the wrong direction, just by sitting still.

Sooner or later, probably sooner, something will come through the door and change everything. New businesses, and new business methods will alter every workplace on Earth, and every job on Earth. Nobody is immune.

You can go from sitting pretty to sitting duck very easily these days. If you're in a position where the skills are either low or easy to find, that's just dangerous. A lot of jobs are turning into databases or one click wonders. If you're a professional, skills demands are rising so fast your shelf life, without career development, is getting lesser. You can't really afford to stay on the shelf after the use-by date.

Nor are you likely to be there. If you can't or won't stay effective, you're giving yourself an invitation out the door. Management is stuck with delivering solid results, and those who can't help them deliver are hindering them. Except in cases of terminal apathy, the organization has to function effectively.

The other threat is stagnation. People adapt to their environments because it's a good survival strategy. But environments change. What used to be a nice beach could be under ten metres of water. So a career which is basically a beach umbrella with bucket and spade isn't going to prevent drowning.

In the late 1980s, 'techno fear' was a description of people who simply could not adapt to the tsunami of incoming computers. Some of these people were actually dysfunctional, under severe stress. The current version of that is whole new methodologies, as well as new technologies. An entirely new business culture, and employment culture, is currently installing itself. It's not the sort of thing you can really avoid, let alone ignore.

For older people, it's a challenge, if they don't even know how to learn to swim. For younger people, it's a bit easier, more like missing a bus, if they're not up to speed, but it's still risky, because they can wind up a long way behind everyone else, actually disadvantaged.

Some career paths are also blind alleys, and they have to get themselves out before moving on. While things are going well, everything looks safe enough. It can all disappear overnight, and so can the jobs. IT is a case in point. Skills are now much more available, wages and conditions have gone down, and what used to be highly skilled people are now blue collar.

IT?s actually a good example. Anyone over five years old will have seen quite a bit of technology come and go. Things just don't have the capacity, the processor speed, the software, the memory, or the right codes any more? and out they go.

That happens to people, too. For 'capacity', read skills and for the others read 'applications'. Human hardware has to be able to handle those things, both for its own sake and everyone around it. The old industrial workplace used to be a machine, now it's a processor. Applications that don't/won't/can't run aren't an option. They usually get uninstalled pretty fast, too.

The personal issues here are control and direction, and it goes beyond the workplace, right into the living room, and on the bank statements. Letting someone else steer your life is a very debatable hobby. Living through it can be considered lucky, rather than good judgment. Even in this situation, you are in traffic. In some industries, it's heavy traffic, on a freeway. You've put yourself in ?Park?. You may find you need a Mack truck, and you're driving a ten year old hatchback with 'interesting' brakes and no indicators.

Security is a nice thing to have, but it can be a treacherous delusion otherwise. You need to know where you're going, how, and which way to turn.

You currently have the luxury of having a reliable income and good employment environment. That's the perfect position for moving into an even better situation. This is where you can start trying to achieve personal goals.

Not doing that is just letting good, maybe great, opportunities go begging. You only get a certain number of shots at your targets, even under good conditions. You're definitely not doing yourself any favors if you turn your job into a ten/twenty year exercise in just making sure the office furniture works properly, and let yourself stagnate.

Real motivation is what you really want to do. Real achievements, real results. ?Personal goals? are very personal things. There?s so much hype about personal achievement, it sounds like a shampoo commercial. That's a pity, because the personal element is translated into a slogan or some drab little recital of other people's values.

No human being on Earth thinks like that if they can help it.

Other people's views are just that. Some are interesting, some are bizarre, and some are just plain useless. Some are actually intrusive. ?Personal goals? isn't ever going to be a synonym for ?Go fetch!?

Say you're not particularly 'ambitious' in the ?I wear a suit, therefore I must be a genius or a god, or possibly both? way, but there are a few things you'd really love to do. Things that matter to you, where your talents and personal passions are getting some decent exercise.

Most of these personal goals are right under your nose, usually literally. You don't have to destroy a good environment to make a better one. If you've got a nice home, you don't demolish it to renovate the living room.

You already know what you'd like to do. You have the chance to do it, too. In this case looking for a job is a real enhancement to a life that's in pretty good condition. It shouldn't be a hassle, but a self-controlled steering exercise.

You're only looking for ways of improving things, so you don't have to wade through the tedium of checking out anything and everything. You are being selective, and you know where you're trying to go. The jobs that fit your goals are going to be a relative few, so it's no major effort. The time factor spreads the load, too, so there's no large scale dislocations involved.

That's a very big advantage. It makes your searching a lot easier, and better defined. You have one more thing working for you: You know a good job situation when you see one. The idea is to keep that standard of employment, and at least you?ll recognize the sort of situation you're trying to achieve. That understanding is particularly valuable as one of the criteria for a job search.

Motivation?

Plenty of it, all home made.

Not only do you know what you're trying to achieve, which for some people is just a dream.

You've got a real chance of doing that.