It is well known that motivated employees are happier, more energetic, more enthusiastic, more productive, more driven and better performing than their unmotivated peers. Employers are always on the lookout for motivated employees and realize that motivation is often contagious and has positive spillover effects on the whole team. No wonder, one excitement level will ebb and flow as one move through career. If you’ve found yourself in a rut at work lately, you’ll need to stay passionate and perform your best. Use these strategies to feel enthusiastic about your work again:
CLARIFY YOUR GOALS
Nothing is more de-motivating than working haphazardly without a clear vision, mission and set of objectives for your work. Without a clear vision and knowledge of how your work impacts the big picture, you may well end up spending a lot of time on urgent unimportant matters rather than tasks that positively impact the big picture. Clarify in no uncertain terms your vision, mission and objectives and focus on them beginning always with the end in mind. It is remarkable, what you will achieve once you have honed in on your precise goals and can focus on them and visualize yourself achieving them.
BUILD A LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK
Even those who are highly passionate about their work are at risk of burning out. In order to stay focused and motivated each day, you’ll want to build a complete life outside of work. Foster strong friendships and join a gym, pursue a hobby that’s always captured your interest or read a good book. Getting your mind off of your work and thinking about other things is necessary in order to keep you feeling refreshed, when it’s time to start the new week.
TAKE CONTROL OVER WHAT YOU CAN AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN’T
Some things are within your control, while others are not. Learn to recognize the difference. Refuse to worry about circumstances beyond your control. Don’t allow yourself to become so emotionally entangled that it paralyzes your progress. Things may not always work out perfectly, but the sooner you get over them, the quicker you move on to your next victory. Only you can control your own actions and reactions.
BUILD A SUPPORT TEAM
Having the right team in place to help is crucial to your success. You will be amazed at what you and your team can accomplish when you are all motivated and working toward the same goal. It is worth the effort to put the right support system in place. Make a list of some winning people in your circle that you can partner with, exchange ideas with and who can help you get things done.
MAKE WEEKLY CHECKPOINTS TO TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Lastly, everyone needs to see how they are keeping up with their goals if they want to stay motivated. If you see that you are on track or even excelling every time, you will be motivated and happy that you are getting there. If you see that you are lagging on your goals, it may be the kick start you need to help get you back on the track.