From Editor's Desk
in Vol. 16 - July Issue - Year 2015
Motivate yourself and others!
Have you ever stumbled groggily into work on a Monday morning, with a pleasant weekend in the rear-view and five straight days of the work grind staring you in the face? We've all been there before. And in those moments, even people who love their jobs may have trouble pushing themselves to work at their highest capabilities.
Convince yourself you want to do it. One of the easiest things you can do to motivate yourself is to think of the work you're about to do as not being so hard, after all.
Take control. While it's easy to be overwhelmed by various personal and professional responsibilities, you can help yourself stay focused by keeping in mind that, at the very least, you are in control of your own actions.
Surround yourself with other people who are working hard. No man (or woman!) is an island. In order to pursue your goals with everything you have, it's helpful to be around other people who are working just as hard. Whether it's coworkers who inspire you on the job or a group of like-minded friends you meet up with afterwards, it's important to have peers who push you to succeed.
Break up your tasks into smaller tasks. Break your hard work into component parts; it makes it easier to see where the obstacles are so you can be prepared to overcome them. Indeed, it's important not only to identify these small tasks, but to pat yourself on the back when you complete them.
Stay focused. It's difficult to motivate yourself to keep working if you're not able to concentrate on the task at hand. Limit your exposure to outside distractions by letting people know you won't always be available to immediately respond to texts, emails, and instant messages. If you have trained others that you are always available to respond to requests, you need to retrain them to expect something else.
Stay positive. As anyone will tell you, failure is inevitable, but it's how you deal with failure that determines whether you will ultimately be successful. Accomplish your goals, regardless of what others might say about you.
Andrzej Wojtas (Ph.D.), Chief Editor of MFN, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author: Andrzej Wojtas