How To Boost Your Personal Motivation In Difficult Times

However much we might want things to be all sweetness and roses, even the most motivated and dedicated individuals around us fall prey to issues and times of self-doubt and a loss of their normal drive and passion.

The average person, at any grade within any organisation, will experience times where their motivation will fall significantly and their performance will drop accordingly – this will, as you know, include you! And me!

Very importantly, the attitude we bring to tasks and responsibilities, both inside and outside the workplace, each day is self-determined. The trick to riding out these periods of uncertainty is to recognise them and change your behaviour and attitude using the 10 pointers below, which will increase self-motivation and professional effectiveness:

  1. Accept reality and others as they are. Be realistic about where you are – have grounded and appropriate expectations of work and of those around you. You simply cannot make things to conform to your view and opinion so you need to accept them as they are and, from that point, find room for improvement.
  2. Recognise and accept that you have strengths and weaknesses. Knowing that you have weaknesses within your skillset is an important part of being a balanced and effective individual. To not recognise this means that your motivation levels will dip if you produce something that is not totally excellent. By recognising your limitations, you will be able to avoid a downward spiral of low self-esteem. Acknowledge your mistakes, but also appreciate your successes.
  3. There is no point in complaining. The act of complaining achieves nothing and just makes low self-esteem and frustration that much more likely. A better approach is to identify and put into action measures to minimise the impact of the source of the complaint which will focus your attention onto the issues that you can control.
  4. Really understand and appreciate what you have and be grateful for this. In a fast-paced working environment, and a similarly complex social life too, we tend to forget what we have achieved in the past as we are too easily focused on the next, and subsequent, challenges coming our way. In this way we can lose what is positive from the past and forget what is working well – discouragement and low self-esteem comes naturally from a focus upon what is lacking rather than a focus on what we have already achieved.
  5. Be positive about what you are doing. It may sound obvious but people with an open, optimistic view of the world achieve more because of their positive approach to tasks and work. Put simply, the attitude with which we handle a situation or task influences the final result.
  6. Set yourself relevant goals and challenges. A target or outcome that is achievable, even if this requires more effort and application than normal, serves as a strong motivational force. The more meaningful and relevant the goal, the greater sense of achievement you will gain from completing it. By making the goal or outcome directly relevant, you will gain all of the positives from an inspiring task that is intrinsic and important to you.
  7. Be proactive – never wait for tasks or jobs to come to you. By taking decisive action we are able to be in control, rather than being at the mercy of others or chance in what happens to you. By taking on more ownership we will always feel more motivated.
  8. Persistence and perseverance. The temptation, when faced with hurdles and difficulties, is to give up and feel deflated by that process. This leads to feeling discouraged, a drop in enthusiasm and the feeling that our goals are unachievable. Trying to overcome obstacles is, in itself, a motivating force. Determination and perseverance in tough times are the way to rekindle motivation.

Motivation can improve by following the points above in both professional and personal contexts – our own behaviours and attitudes are central to this working in our favour.

Good Luck!

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