It’s almost a given that at some stage we’ll lose our career motivation. That we’ll feel stuck and unable to move forward.
This can happen for a lot of different reasons. We may not feel challenged in our work environment, the culture might grate on us, or we feel that our current career path isn’t going to lead us to where we want to get to.
It’s important to remember a lot of people feel this way. It’s also important to remember that they don’t have to.
If you want to hit your goals and reach your ambitions, you need to feel satisfied with your work and motivated to push it further. The following 5 tips will teach you how to recover your career motivation.
Examine Your Current Situation
There’s no point in watering dead flowers as they say, so it’s time to be real and ask a few tough questions about your current situation. Identify the cause/causes of your demotivation. Is it realistic that they can be fixed? Is it within your control to fix them?
If it’s starting to look like a hopeless case, then it may be time to consider a career change into a job that will motivate you and allow you to reach your goals.
If your motivation is recoverable in your current job then the following will allow you to find your ‘mojo’ and get back on the right track to career success.
Learning is an important aspect of life, especially when it comes to your career. By continually upskilling and exploring new trends as they arise, you give yourself the confidence to feel like you’re really ahead of your peers.
It allows you to be a trend setter rather than a follower and stops those awkward moments in meetings when you don’t know what people are talking about. Make it your mission to learn as much about your trade as possible.
Don’t stop there, learn about areas connected to your industry and, most importantly, develop your soft skills. Becoming an all-rounder will really boost your confidence and give you the motivation to know that you’re capable of achieving your goals.
Surround Yourself With People Determined to Be Successful
It’s been said, in many different variations, that you’re only as good as the people that surround you. Think how hard it is to feel positive when you’re surrounded by negative people.
You need to spend time with people that are both positive and driven. This allows you to absorb these attributes and transforms your mindset. It’s much easier to feel motivated when you’re surrounded by people who say you can, rather than the ones who laugh at your ambition.
Remember, the people that say you can’t do it are usually only saying it because they’re making justifications for their own lack of motivation. You don’t need that negativity in your life, so it’s time to be around people with similar goals and values.
Balance Work with Play
It’s all well and good working every hour of the day…. oh no wait, it isn’t!
It’s essential that you balance work with play and downtime, otherwise you’re going to burnout. When we hit that point, it’s hard to feel motivated about anything between the hours of sitting up in bed and laying back down in it.
The contrast between work and play rejuvenates you and allows you to put more of yourself into your work. You’re much more likely to feel motivated in work when you’ve had this separation that involves fun and catching up with loved ones.
The most successful people will tell you that you need to switch off as much as possible to be able to give yourself the best chance of performing at your best. This isn’t to say you can’t think about work at all, it will always be on your mind at some level, but you need to be able to differentiate between being at work and not.
Don’t check your emails, screen your calls and most importantly, have fun.
Visualise Your Goals
An important aspect of achieving your goals is to know clearly what they are and be able to visualise them, whenever you start to feel a lag in your motivation. Some people like to identify the things they’ll acquire when they reach that level. Maybe a car, or a house – it’s completely down to you.
However, whatever you choose has to link to your success and you need to be able to clearly see this when you’re feeling low.
For people that struggle with visualising, there’s nothing stopping you from physically keeping these pictures close by. Start a pinterest board that showcases your new life and look at it from time to time.
However you do it, just remember that you need to have your goals clearly in mind and the reasons that you’re striving to achieve them.