Keeping oneself going can be a difficult task in today’s corporate world. The struggle to stay ahead in the rat race is demanding and therefore becomes a major turn off for most professionals. Work hours are increasing, deadlines looming and the clock is just ticking away. There is no denying the fact that organizations today are recognizing this problem and are implementing best practices to keep the staff motivated. But if you lack self-motivation, no HR initiative will really make a difference.
Self motivation is the ability to achieve what you want by an inner gain; it does not depend on any external factor. In other words, it means that the desire to achieve success lies within you. It is a positive energy that comes from within the individual and is routed towards a constructive act.
Being self motivated is a challenge, as it does not come easily due to distractions that crowd the thought races. These distractions can be just anything personal problems, health, fatigue, hectic and monotonous life, bun out, inability to cope wit stress etc. Self motivation can be classified into two parts: ability and feelings. While ability implies the confidence you have in yourself.
Looking down at oneself and feelings helpless can only lead to destruction. It is important to be surrounded by a positive vibe and not suppress your feelings.
There are three major reasons that lead to de-motivation at the workplace and they are:
1. Lack of required professional expertise.
2. Inability to meet expectations
3. Non cooperative seniors: Whatever the reasons be, the urge to overcome difficulties is the key to success. If you believe in yourself, have the confidence to confront hurdles. After all these hurdles are not the end of the world, they are just a part of your work life.
So what does one to keep the flame burning? Then you have to understand what you want and recognize your strengths and weaknesses. You can always seek help from your role model or a professional counselor. Once you a clear picture of your target achieving it become easier.
Have positive thoughts and say encouraging words, to yourself. Enjoy and reward yourself if you manage to achieve your target. It will prepare you for the next step. Here’s a list of other things you can do to keep yourself motivated.
Understand your targets and have a clear picture of what you want to achieve. Write it down, if required. This will help you remain focused.
While you make your plans, ensure that you have at least a hour for yourself daily and a day off every week. Remember taking a break and rejuvenating yourself is as important as meeting that deadline. On your day off indulge in what you enjoy doing the most – it could be pursuing a hobby, music, catching up with friend, a movie or simply to getting out of your cozy bed! It’s just about being happy.
Even if you are overloaded with work, ensure that you munch on healthy food from time-to-time and not on fast. Always remember that it is healthy body that can be a safe abode for a healthy mind.
Procrastinating postponing or delaying a task can become a habit if not policed on time. Complete every task at the earliest even if you have plenty of time to finish it. The more you delay it, the more you are going to get lazy.
Although these suggestions may help you keep yourself motivated ultimately you have to figure out your own solution. Understand what is turning you off and think about how you can resolve that. Accepting defeat is not going to help. Take up initiatives and don’t back off.
To be self motivated dos not mean forcing a smile on your face. It’s about being happy and not pushing your self to appear happy. Spare time and motivate yourself regularly; after all it’s important to be happy with your self, to say the least. As Christopher Columbus said, you can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.