Do you remember how excited you were the first day you started your job? You were meeting new people, learning new things and being challenged in a way that stimulated your creative side. Now that you have settled in and you have been there for awhile, things have become pretty routine. It may be hard for you to stay motivated and even come to work some days. Learning and knowing how to stay interested and motivated throughout the ups and downs of your job can be one of the most helpful skills you can have.
Here are five strategies to help you stay motivated at work:
1) Learn something new. I am a big advocate of continuous learning. When you learn new information, you become more skilled at what you’re doing. Also, when you learn new information related to your career goals, your level of interest raises. When your level of interest raises, you will want to perform better and continue to seek out new opportunities. Another added benefit, as your expertise grows, your pay rate can increase – that’s something to look forward to!
2) Own your work. When you receive a new work assignment, do your best to come up with a finished product that you will be impressed with. When you take ownership of your work, it instills a sense of pride within you when you complete the assignment. Taking ownership of a job is key to keeping your motivation at an all-time high. Feel the pride of doing an outstanding job and enjoy the resulting accolades.
3) Change your mindset. Make a decision that you want to be one of the top performers at your work place. Strive to develop a name for yourself as the best office worker, teacher, nurse, editor or whatever your area of specialty is. When you’re at the top of your game, every work assignment that comes your way allows you to show your stuff.
4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Being stuck on a project at work or at home can be frustrating. When you find yourself struggling, do not hesitate to seek assistance, possibly from your co-workers, peers or a mentor. This will allow you to continue moving forward with the project. You will avoid generating feelings of annoyance, frustration, and disappointment in your performance. You will move forward with renewed interest in your project.
5) Find inspiration on payday. Let’s face it, money is a big motivator. When you work, you get paid. The better you perform and learn, the more money you can make. Think about the increase in pay you can receive because of your high motivation for doing your job and doing it well.
After you have been at a job for so long, you can loose your motivation, finding it hard to come to work everyday. Try a few of these strategies and begin to shift your mindset and become motivated to do your job and do it well! Here’s to your success!
Carolyn R. Owens has over 25 years of proven experience and serves as a Career Strategist, Leadership and Life Coach. She is the Chairwoman and CEO of Infinity Coaching, Inc. where they help you up-level your skills so you can up-level your income. Infinity Coaching, Inc. provides one-on-one and group coaching coaching, organizational training, personality assessments and a signature program, the Infinity Coaching Inner Circle.