We all need motivation. Without it nothing would be done. We need motivation to work, study and even to wake up in the morning. Motivation simply means the reason why we do things. In this post I want to share a few ways to motivate yourself.
Motivation at work
Until you’ll find your dream job every other job usually starts the same, at first you’re excited but then with time you enter into a routine and get bored. At this point you have three options: quitting, working and suffering or motivating yourself and even excelling at your job.
Assuming you need the money and you don’t want to quit you’re left with two options. both of them have advantages and disadvantages. Lets start with working and suffering: the advantage is that you get to complain and because people love to complain you will have a common interest with your coworkers and it will be easier for you to communicate.
On the other hand you’ll suffer, you’ll be bored and look at your watch a lot. You’ll probably wont be promoted because people don’t promote mediocre workers. In addition you’ll be tired and you’ll feel that you’re wasting your time.
If you choose to motivate yourself the main disadvantage will be that you’ll need to consciously make an effort at least at the beginning to see the positive sides of your job, and of course you’ll need to find different topics to talk about with your coworkers.
On the other hand you’ll be vigorous, you’ll become interested in your job and therefore better at it which will increase your chances of promotion. In addition time will pass faster and you’ll generally feel better.
If you decide to motivate yourself, here is how you can do that:
- start by remembering why you looked for a job in the first place.
- Think about all the advantages that this job is giving you.
- Divide your job into parts and give yourself small treats for every part you accomplished. The treats should be something you like to do like reading a book or watching TV (avoid food as a treat).
- Imagine that someone is watching every step you make and you want them to have a good impression of you.
If you can’t find advantages to your job and you can’t motivate yourself, you should seriously consider finding a different job. The average person spends a lot of time at work and if you’re unhappy at your job it will affect other areas in your life including your health.
Do you want to know how I motivated myself to do skydiving? The answer is simple I told everyone I know that I’m going to do it. I didn’t want them to think that I’m a liar or just one of these people that talks a lot and does nothing so I had to do it. This “technique” still helps me achieve some of my goals, I use it all the time and it’s easy.
In this video Tony Robbins explains what motivates us and how we can do it better.
So by now some of you still think “I tried to motivate myself in the past and it didn’t work.” The reason for this is conflicting goals: In this video Tony Robbins explains more about it.
You can read more about it in my inner conflicts post.