Know How to Bring Motivation in You
Demotivation can arise more quickly than we think and settle permanently if we do not act on the first symptoms. It is, therefore, vital to know how to deduct the signs of elusive motivation and apply the appropriate methods to reboot yourself…
There are days when everything seems complicated, the objectives seem impossible to achieve, or the motivation is not there. Everyone can experience more or less notable moments of doubt or weariness. However, this temporary state of depression can turn into natural depression – even depression – challenging to overcome if it is not taken care of quickly.
This is why it is crucial to know how to spot the signs of boredom or dropping out to act effectively and regain all the enthusiasm necessary for a harmonious balance, whether in your personal or professional life.
You can rely on the simple methods presented here as soon as you feel the demotivation dawning.
Symptoms of Demotivation
The 1st step is to become aware of a certain weariness that is growing day after day and to identify the source(s). If the boredom is already somewhat felt, the objective is to get out of this negative state as quickly as possible. The idea is to recognize the beginnings of latent demotivation before it arises and drags you into its negative spiral.
Among the signals that should challenge you are the following:
Lack of interest in the tasks and missions entrusted,
Why Practice Self-Motivation?
To begin, it is important to identify two types of motivation:
Intrinsic: the one that comes from within, governed by pleasure, the desire to succeed, passion, and interest in what you do, without any external impact.
Extrinsic: that is directed by external factors such as your salary, a raise, a promotion, but also by hierarchical pressure, authority, etc.
By taking stock of yourself, you will be able to determine your mode of operation and adapt your self-motivation strategy accordingly.
Indeed, in your professional and private life, you will be confronted with various situations and duties that can be terribly boring, uninteresting, and sometimes put you off.
However, we must face up and carry out these missions. This is where self-motivation comes into play for, among other things:
Infuse the energy needed to carry out less attractive and/or routine tasks,
Fight procrastination by stopping constantly procrastinating – which parasitizes the mind – by disciplining yourself to complete any task started.
Gain in productivity: the lack of motivation leads to a certain hesitation and an unfortunate tendency to flee towards all sorts of unproductive distractions.
Get rid of bad habits: motivating yourself on a daily basis allows you to maintain particular hygiene in your organization and working methods.
Increase self-confidence: leading and completing missions – including the least exciting – induces a feeling of contentment – even a certain pride – conducive to strengthening self-confidence.
Engage a virtuous wheel of success: getting into the habit of motivating yourself, whatever the project, the mission, or even the task to be accomplished, is an essential lever for efficiency and well-being at work.
Reduce Stress: pending or unfinished tasks can generate significant stress.
How do (Re)-Motivate Yourself?
When you feel breathless in your daily professional life, it is essential to take stock of yourself in order to become aware of your needs and thus identify precisely the source(s) of your demotivation. This will allow you to act effectively and permanently remedy this condition.
Here are some simple and effective “one-size-fits-all” methods to boost your motivation at work.
To Fix Objectives
The first trick is not only to set goals (ideally according to the SMART method) and write them down in black and white. Writing them down on paper or memoing them on your smartphone with regular notifications will remind you of your determination and boost your motivation to achieve them. In fact, most people think that keeping your goals in mind is enough to motivate yourself to achieve them…
You can fight your limiting thoughts by challenging yourself, for example. By starting small and gradually increasing the difficulty, you will chart your course toward your dreams. You can also motivate yourself by taking as an example a person you admire, a mentor. An effective way to call yourself to order.
Postponing does nothing to cure demotivation; quite the contrary: it increases stress as well as pressure regarding deadlines and the work that accumulates. Moreover, the longer you postpone a task, the more complex and demotivating it will seem to you, and the more negative consequences. Think about it whenever you are tempted to procrastinate.
Take the bull by the horns and tackle the things you’ve been putting off for some time. If necessary, split your work into several sub-tasks and give yourself a few minutes breaks between each. You’ll see things move faster.
Start your day with the tasks that you find the least challenging. Once these have been accomplished, you will feel lighter and will be quicker to unfold the rest of your working day serenely.
Leave Your Comfort Zone
Taking a different path, opting for a recently learned, innovative, disruptive or simply hitherto unknown method to perform a recurring task will make you lose your usual bearings and thus approach things from a totally new angle, a real vector of motivation.
Keep an open mind. Learn how to regularly put yourself in danger in the way you apprehend things and accomplish them, explore new methods, test new tools, etc. It will break the monotony of a task and increase your motivation while developing your skills, knowledge and soft skills.
Think Positive and Respect Yourself
Getting discouraged at the slightest difficulty or frustration will quickly make you give up and put your motivation at risk. Instead, force yourself to see the positives and use the obstacles as stepping stones to improve – or at least move forward differently.
Do not allow yourself to be negatively influenced by those around you – personal and/or professional. Be kind to yourself, and be confident in yourself and your abilities.
“Life will put stones in your path. It’s up to you to choose if you make a wall or a bridge.”
Appreciate Your Efforts
The prospect of a “reward” is an exciting level of motivation. It forces the mind to stay on course and visualize the end goal and the feeling of satisfaction that accompanies it. Know how to recognize and reward your advances at their fair value.
The reward must be relevant and commensurate with your effort for the approach to be practical.
Discipline is essential to motivation. Be persistent and focused on your ambitions. Don’t give up at the first difficulty or frustration. Instead of getting stuck or giving up, dare to ask around for help or advice.
Be rational and organized. Finish a task before attacking another and respect your objectives, both in terms of timeline and in terms of quality and/or effort provided.
“Perseverance is the shortest path to success.”
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