A question I get all the time: “How do you get motivated?” – then, “How do you find a job you love?”
Not to say there aren’t those days when I want to 1. curl up in a ball and cry, 2. pull my hair out and 3. run away screaming. Yes, lord knows those days exist – for everyone. Beyonce herself probably hates her job and doesn’t want to get out of bed from time to time. It. Happens.
The good news, though? When you’re in a job you love, those bad days come further and further apart.
Today I want to talk motivation as a follow up to last year’s discussion on How to Manage Stress in the workplace. If I can help with anything, it’s letting my life experiences help you stay on track. A big thing I see: people struggling to stay motivated and happy at work. Surprisingly, a lot of people actually experience stress in the workplace which can make their job seem like a chore. This isn’t positive for the worker or the company, this is why it’s vital that employees look for ways to make their work experience better for them. Recently, it’s become more popular for workers to look at using cannabis to try and reduce their stress, allowing them to get on with their work happily. Workers could always Click here to read more about a service that could deliver this sort of cannabis to your door, making it much easier for workers to access it and incorporate it into their busy lives. However, there’s always other ways to motivate yourself. Being a VERY self-motivated person myself, I’m whipping out my best tips to show you how to motivate yourself to do better and get the most out of your job! Sure, my career is in marketing/communications, but I promise these tips will apply to you – no matter what field you’re in.
On that note, let’s GO! GO! GO!
10 Ways to Stay Motivated and Love Your Job!
1. Follow Your Passion and Instinct, Not Your Bank Account
When it comes to picking your ‘career’, always go for the option that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes that means a big paycheck, sometimes it does not. Most valuable thing you can give yourself? A career you enjoy. Take time to find that and when you do, jump on it. Doing GREAT at something you LOVE is far better than doing just okay at something you HATE.
2. Talk Up Your Peers
Talk to other people in your field. It sounds so simple, but you’d be surprise how infrequently people do it. And no, I don’t mean your coworkers – I mean other people in your job, some place else. Step outside your bubble! A great way to do this? Attend a workshop/seminar or a Twitter chat. Not only will you connect with like-minded people which helps keep your creative juices flowing, you’ll also get to learn and grow through their experiences. Expand your tribe, people!
3. Pay Attention to Your Leaders
Know someone whose career you admire? Follow them…and not just on Twitter. Observe their work strategy and evaluate how you could model their good behavior. Watching them kick-butt at work will encourage you to kick-butt as well. Learn from their experiences!
4. Create the Job You Love
Sometimes, to find the job you love — you have to CREATE the job you love. While I do enjoy my 9-5 job in marketing, it left something missing at the end of the day. From there, I created Dream in Lace where I can channel my love of marketing and digital communication, with my passion for fashion & inspiring others to live a better life. Many people I know have side-businesses to their daytime careers. From knitting, to web design, to refurbishing antiques – follow your passion and create your dream job.
5. Never Give Up!
Sounds obvious, but I’ve worked with a LOT of quitters in my day. It’s surprising how easily some people give up after the first try. My advice? Don’t. There’s always a way to tweak and improve, for better results next time.
6. Keep Up Your Attitude, Always
Number one thing that can sink you faster than the Titanic? A bad attitude. Yup, I said Grumpy Cat! In the real world, a positive attitude is mandatory for success. If you don’t believe you can do it, you can’t. If you don’t believe you can do it, no one else will either. Also important, don’t let constructive criticism affect your attitude. Swallow, breathe, smile and try again. No one likes a sourpuss.
7. Sit Back and Enjoy Other People’s Work
Sometimes the best way to do your best work, is to sit back and enjoy watching someone else’s work. This goes back to talking with your peers – beyond talking to them, take time to appreciate the work other people are doing in your field. Taking a time out to see what other work is out there, will give you fresh ideas and motivation. Sit back and let others inspire you to greatness!
8. Accept the Hardships…and Failures
The sooner you can accept that the hardships aren’t going to change and the failures are going to happen, the sooner you can move on. No job or business is perfect. Everything has its rises and pitfalls, you just have to hold steady and keep moving forward!
9. Set Goals
To help you keep moving forward, set goals. Big, medium and small. I like to set ‘quarterly’ goals, ‘monthly’ goals, ‘weekly’ and even ‘daily’ goals. Goals are especially helpful in making a heavy workload seem much more bearable. Think of goals as mini-milestones on the way to success!
10. Celebrate Your Successes
Lastly, when you achieve a goal: celebrate it. Take a time out to reward yourself and your team (if you have one) on a job well done! I’m a firm believer that success is the lifeblood of success. It drives you further and further ahead!
How do you keep yourself motivated at work?