Making a Difference One Act at a Time

Yesterday I gave advice to employers on how to motivate their employees.  Today the focus in on how employees can motivate themselves.  Even if employees has complete support from their employer, they will still not perform fully if they aren’t motivated themselves.  Below are 3 tips for employees to effectively stay self motivated.

Tip #1: Choose your attitude

This is one of the most valuable lessons I learned as a Pacific Ambassador.  Only you can control your emotions and it is up to you to decide how your attitude or mood for the day will be.  Even if something goes wrong, it is up to you to turn a negative into a positive and look at the brighter side.  If you wake up in the morning unhappy with life and dreading going to work, then at the end of the day you are likely to have wished the day had never happened.  If you wake up in the morning ready to take on any obstacles, by the end of the day you will most likely feel accomplished or happy with yourself.

Tip #2: Take action or ownership

Before blaming others or situations when you are unhappy with something, think about what you can do about it first.  When people are upset with something it is easy to vent and rant.  It is harder to think about the situation and consider what you can do about it.  Life would be so much easier if others could fix every problem you have, but the reality is that most of the time you have to take action yourself to make things better.  Lastly don’t be afraid to talk to your managers and voice an opinion if you feel there is nothing you can do to improve things.  Your management team can’t help you if they don’t know that something is wrong.

Tip #3: Find a passion

This is the key to being motivated.  You have to know what you enjoy and love.  If you enjoy what you are doing it is easy to push yourself to do it all the time.  For example, working 2 jobs that sometimes requires me to work 50 or more hours a week while being a full-time student can be very tiring.  When people ask me how I’m able to get up every day to go to work, I respond that I truly enjoy my job.  Even on days where I wake up feeling like I didn’t sleep at all, the second I get to work and I’m surrounded by co-workers who also enjoy their jobs makes me feel energized and excited about being there.

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