This would be my year. In early 2020, I was newly married, had a new job, and for the first time in a while, I had a strong exercise habit that didn’t use up all my energy or leave me cursing the founder of cardio. I had high goals for where I wanted to take my business, too, and I was optimistic. Most importantly, I was encouraged.
Then came the plague. Although I have had incredible luck in these difficult times, I am lying in what I hoped to achieve. At first, I refused to be rude. I used harsh criticism, and my biggest complaint was about motivation. Specifically, I didn’t have it, and I missed it.
But that was a mistake. It is important that you give yourself grace, and it is equally important to remember that motivation is not an impenetrable desire that is impossible to attain and that it is difficult to care for. Instead, the motive is all around you. It’s on your bookshelf, in your previous victories, and in your relationships with friends and colleagues. Simply put, inspiration was waiting for me. It’s waiting for you, too.
Here are six tips to get and stay motivated:
- Establish small rewards.
This was important to me. Whether you have a daunting project on your hands or a job that you do not enjoy, creating your own reward system can be the comfort you need to stay in it and give your employee strength and enthusiasm. For example, when I scratch something on my to-do list, I allow myself to read a chapter of the book or listen to a 10-minute podcast I was eating. This will motivate you to take care of stressful tasks and perhaps enjoy work that you can’t put off.
- Take a break to work individually.
You could take your time in a breakup to start a home improvement project, or take on a new skill or hobby. If you feel stuck or cordless to work with your job, it may be helpful to pause and transfer your energy to another location. Take 30 minutes to paint, renew or cut a project of ongoing love. This can give you the fuel you need all day long and give you something to look forward to.
- Look back at some of your previous successes and break down how you got there.
Maybe it’s the high-profile account you’ve got or the high-profile sales you and your talents have called for the team. While it is always good to think ahead about your main or side issues, it can help to remember your great success and remember how you got it. This will remind you that the heights are worth the many small steps it takes to get there. Then, suddenly, you will be motivated to take those steps again.
It’s hard enough for me to be motivated to exercise, so I rarely think about how strong cardio can be. But science does not lie: A slow pace will do wonders for your brain, and as long as you push yourself, you will return to work with a clear head and a strong focus. I will admit it – this has taken some satisfaction from my best part. But when I agreed to run every day, I saw a big difference in production. Even more amazing is that I started looking forward to these repeated runs.
This has taken a bit of confidence. I’ve always been a textbook, and I don’t need any harassment to unlock a mysterious novel or, apparently, any well-written work that will keep me from turning the pages. But until recently, I could not see how encouraging reading was. I recommend starting the book over the weekend because come on Monday that book will be in your mind. And if you are still working at home, it would be a trick to call your name from its place on the shelf or at night.
6.Contact your partner.
We live in selected times, but we still need to communicate. Conversation with a friend, family member or loved one is always beneficial, but the next time you need a specific motive, I recommend that you reach out to someone you do not communicate with often. It could be a colleague from a different group or a colleague in your field who is interested in his or her work. Ask them about their work or listen to your project. Conversation will rejuvenate you, and best of all, it will remind you of what you love about what you are doing.
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