Motivating yourself to excel at your job or home business is an ongoing process that should include every facet of your professional life. This means your mental attitude, physical well-being and appearance, work/home office atmosphere, your interaction with others (clients and employees alike), and your off-the-job environment.
Motivational experts get paid big bucks to tell professionals, striving for success, that they must constantly examine these factors. How do you do that? Follow the 5 tips that follow, and watch the changes.
- Maintain a Positive AttitudeLet’s realize that life is only 10% of what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. We’re responsible for our own actions and attitudes, and changing them when appropriate. When you’re around people/things that are uplifting and positive, you feel that way. You have more confidence in yourself, and know you can change whatever needs changing and face any challenge that arises.
- Leave Personal Troubles Home/At The DoorEveryone has problems, but they don’t belong at work. Turn your attention and energy entirely to your tasks. This will actually be good for you because you’ll get a mental break from your troubles.
- Create Positive AffirmationsThe reason for writing goals for your job or business is the same as creating positive affirmations on paper. What your eyes see and ears hear, your mind will believe. Try it! After you’ve written them down, read them aloud to yourself – and do it every morning when you start your work. You’ll be amazed at what happens. Come up with a set of new ones every month. Repeating them out loud everyday at a set time will help reinforce positive actions.
- Make Sure Break Times Are Really Break TimesThis is an area where most bosses/entrepreneurs fall down. You become so intense about the project or situation you’re working on that you don’t ease up. Thinking that it’ll be solved in the next few seconds, and that you’ll get a cup of coffee afterwards can lead you right up to quitting time. Regularly having breaks, even if you’re the boss, releases the tension, helps keep your mind on the goal.Working on a computer can lead you to be in the same position for hours. The best answer to this is to set yourself a reminder on your appointment calendar for every 2 hours, and let the computer reminder chime send you the alert to move around.
- Exercise, Exercise, ExerciseI know that lately it seems that “exercise” is the cure-all to every physical ailment or your love life, but despite that there is some truth to that ugly word.By “exercise” I don’t mean that you should go out and join a gym and spend your lunch-time, 3-days-a-week working out. That would certainly help, however what is really beneficial and workable is that at those chiming alerts from your computer, get up and walk around your desk or room. If you work from home, go outside and get the mail and enjoy the garden and sunlight or in the office, just get up and do a few stretches.
Concentrated, tense thinking – typing – plotting plans – or whatever your work, makes all those muscles tighten up and knot up. Then when we move we “ooh” and “ouch” because we’ve knotted up into a ball of tension. Periodic stretching, even at our desk, or just getting up and walking over to the window and getting a different view can help. Momentarily transporting your mind out of work and into that space does wonders. A few good paintings and less shiny chrome in offices would benefit us all.
It only takes a little concentrated effort on our part to keep motivated and productive, which leads to success. I know you’re going to hate hearing this, but it’s true anyway – and that is, “What We Think About, We Bring About!”
Working from home has meant a lot more discipline however, using break times to finish the washing up, putting the washing on, having a cuppa in the garden has also meant that the day wizzes past but a lot more is being achieved!
How are you keeping yourself motivated?
To Your Success