Thursday, September 17, 2009

Motivation to be Motivated

Motivation is an important skill that yields results. People who are motivated in the workplace will be more productive, influential to others, and highly regarded as the “go to” people. Simply put ‘they get things done.’ Here are some tips on how to get yourself and others motivated:

Rewards (the ‘pat on the back’)

Realize that for each task or project you complete you are entitled to a personal reward. Obviously, you will get accolades from your employer such as promotions or bonuses but you should also make a point to reward yourself.

Make it fun

Work doesn’t feel like work when there is some amusement instituted. This will make for a positive work environment and people will be more productive and want to get the job done and will be yearning for more.

Create Challenges

Completing the same task over and over again can be boring and people will lose interest with the same routine. Suggest ideas on how to acquire the same results or goal but from a different prospective. People will be more energized and enthusiastic about the project. In other words, think outside the box.

List short/long term goals

When we have a clear outline of how our goals are reached we perform better. It is important to write them down. Of course, they can be altered as the need arises, but putting goals in writing and a thought out plan of how to reach them will solidify what is trying to be accomplished.

Think Positive

The ability to think positively about work or personal life events can be tough when there are obstacles that attempt to block our goals. Since we cannot change others attitudes, it is up to us to change ours and adapt. Remember, accept the things you cannot change and change your attitude. Thinking positive will make you more productive and enthusiastic about your results.

Create Your Own Mission Statement

Creating a mission statement will provide a clearer purpose for what you want to accomplish in your personal and professional development. By frequently referencing your mission statement you will become enlightened and inspired to complete your stated goals. Here is a website to create your mission statement

1 comment:

Carla & Monica said...

Great reminder that motivation is something you neet to first find in yourself. If you rely solely on others, your boss, your partner, your co-workers, you are missing half the fun and half the rewards. You need to discover what drives you, what you get out of work. If it's just a paycheck then you should re-examine your professional choices. Work, as anythiung else in life can be very rewarding and a source of personal as well as professional growth.
Monica Freitas