Naturally, external factors impact our motivation levels at work, but the attitude that we arrive with each day is completely self-determined!
Based on my experience as a CEO and business owner of multiple international companies and having worked with hundreds of diverse employees, here are 10 Winning Ways To Spike Your Motivation Levels At Work:
We often tend to think that, as a top professional, making a mistake is absolutely unacceptable and that it leads to disastrous consequences. The problem is, if you do not come to terms with your own fallibility, you’ll just end up piling on frustration and missing out on any opportunities for growth and improvement!
Being consciously aware of your strengths and weaknesses allows you to be more effective and can save you from getting trapped in a downward spiral of low self-confidence. Fully acknowledge and accept your mistakes, but also remember to appreciate your victories.
Self-motivation starts with having realistic and reasonable expectations of your work and the people around you. Rather than demanding that circumstances should always be the way you want them to be, accept them as they are and find ways in which to improve.
When things go pear-shaped, you have 2 options. You can either complain about how unfair it is, or you can be proactive and establish concrete solutions to minimise the negative impact of it all. Complaining solves absolutely nothing, and expends your precious energy and attention on things which you cannot control.
The attitude with which you handle any situation or task 100% influences the final result. For example, if you go out to a party thinking that it’s going to be boring, it’s highly likely that you won’t have a lot of fun, as your preconceived attitude will make it more difficult to do so.
When you take proactive and decisive action at work, you take on more ownership and feel more motivated as opposed to people who just sit around and act as spectators.
You need to be making a concerted effort to pay attention to everything that is positive within your life; all the things that are working out well. When you focus on what you lack rather than what you have, you’ll end up feeling discouraged and with zero motivation.
Studies show that humans are most motivated when we perceive that our goals are within reasonable reach, but also involve some kind of effort or sense of challenge. Additionally, we are more motivated by more goals that are relevant in some way. What’s more, is the most important goals (i.e. goals that provide value to other people) are much more inspiring than intrinsic or extrinsic objectives which solely serve our own personal development.
The key to motivation is not just about doing the things you love, but it’s also about pouring the best of your energy and enthusiasm into what you are required to do. When your enthusiasm starts to dissipate, stay motivated knowing that people are relying on you, and it’s your responsibility to keep on going.
Waking up and going to work every morning just to get paid is not the same as waking up to serve your greater community and develop personally as an individual. It’s all about finding meaningful motives for doing the things you do, and always giving your absolute best to the task at hand. A fulfilling life is not determined by your job title, but rather your ability to make your actions meaningful.
If you give up when faced with trials and tribulations, you catapult yourself into a negative feedback loop. You wind up feeling discouraged, unenthusiastic, and less likely to reach your goals. The act of trying to overcome obstacles is, in itself, a strong motivating force. Determination and persistence in the face of hardship is a surefire way to reignite your motivation.
You cannot control everything around you, but you can always control your attitudes and behaviours to the circumstances you find yourself in. Following the 10 points above can really assist in improving your motivation in every aspect of your life — both professionally and personally!
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