In order to succeed and be happy in our work lives as well as our personal lives, it is important to get motivated and stay motivated. Typically, being happy in one life will lead to happiness in the other. For some, though, it is hard to maintain the right balance needed to achieve this goal.
There are people who view their work as a means of escape from discontent at home. Others are so miserable at work that home is seen as their refuge. This kind of imbalance can have a negative effect on both your home life and work life. This is why it is important to strike the perfect balance of motivation in each place.
Be clear about what is expected of you at work. When you have clarification about your position, you will be able to deliver the desired results. Speak with a supervisor and ask them to give you a clear understanding of what they are expecting from you as an employee. You may be putting added pressure on yourself to perform in a manner that is not necessary.
Line up your road to advancement. Some people are content to remain in the same position at a company year after year. If you are one of them, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! If you are happy with your work and are fulfilled by it, then why change that? For those who seek advancement, however, you need to have a clear path toward your goal. When you know what needs to be done in order to reach a higher position, you will be able to motivate yourself so that you can reach that goal.
Go beyond your requirements. You don’t have to settle for doing “just enough” at work. You can make yourself shine by going above and beyond your typical duties. Don’t start stepping on toes, though, and don’t try to do anything you aren’t skilled enough to do. Volunteer for things if they won’t take away from your regular duties or interfere with your home life. Ask for new challenges. When you put yourself out there and show you are eager to get ahead, bosses will notice.
Get out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to push yourself and your limits. You may not be comfortable at first, but go slow. You may be surprised to find out that you like it over there. Try new things, learn a new skill. When you do more, you will get more.
Broaden your horizons. You are never too old (or young) to learn something new. Sign up for a class, read books on new topics, attend seminars or webinars. The more you learn, the greater your knowledge base will be. You don’t have to wait for someone to tell you that you need to learn it, just take the initiative and get out there!
Be persistent. Don’t put things off. The sooner you accomplish them, the sooner you can succeed. When you take on a task, don’t just push it off to the side. It will just continue to grow and grow in urgency, leading to more stress when the time comes for you to work on it. Make progress on your goals, even if it is just a little at a time.
Keep your body healthy. You need to be healthy in order to stay motivated and focused. Get the rest you need each night. Eat foods that make you feel better instead of making you feel guilty and weighed down. Make an effort to squeeze in a little exercise each day, even if it’s just a walk with your family after dinner.
How do you get yourself motivated to succeed in work? What goals do you need the most motivation in to succeed? Let us know!