For office workers, self-motivation is vital. While managers and co-workers can certainly help provide encouragement and inspiration, motivation must also come from within. Any worker who wants to achieve significant career success must be a genuine self-starter, capable of drawing upon deep reserves of internal motivation. Here are four of the most valuable ways you can better self-motivate at work.
Make plans. A plan serves as a practical guide for your efforts on the job. If you fall behind plan, you will feel motivated to catch up. If, in contrast, you are staying on schedule, you will feel proud and will be encouraged to keep pushing onward. Try making plans for the day (or the whole week) first thing in the morning. This organised method will provide the structure that is key to staying motivated.
Focus on the ‘why’. If you are struggling through a tough period in which getting motivated seems impossible, it often helps to step back and refocus on why you are engaged in this work. Take some time to remember your career goals. Ask yourself:
- What do you want from this job?
- What is it that makes you get up in the morning and come into work?
- Focusing on the big picture a little more can help provide meaning to the daily struggle of work life.
Set personal goals. Goals provide you something to work towards. When you reach a goal, the sense of accomplishment you will feel will further inspire you forward. While your superiors will undoubtedly provide you some goals, having your own, personal goals is critical to becoming highly self-motivated. By holding yourself to a higher, more exacting standard, you set yourself on the path to being a top performer. Going beyond the minimum is the way to stand out from the crowd.
Get feedback. The thoughts and opinions of others can have a big effect upon us. That’s why seeking feedback is such a valuable way to boost motivation. You should ask your manager for input, of course, but getting feedback from co-workers is also an excellent idea. Hearing how others assess your work will help you determine where you are doing well, and where you need some improvement. Discovering how your work is valuable to the team as a whole will certainly boost motivation as well.
Mustering self-motivation may not always be an easy task, but it is well worth the effort. Employees who are able to rely upon a deep well of self-motivation are likely to be top performers — and top performers are, of course, more likely to receive raises and promotions. If you want to have a great career, you need to become skilled at self-motivation. The four methods in this article can help.
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