Do you remember how happy you were about your job when you first acquired the position? It was going to be the first step in achieving your career dreams – the way that you were going to put all your education and training to work for you, or perhaps it was the first step in creating an entirely new career. You were interested in everything to do with the job, and you had a plan for being the best you could be at all of your assigned tasks. You got out of bed motivated to learn, add to your skill set, and become something more than who you were before you found the job.
Now it’s several months or years later, and in all likelihood, some of that excitement has likely worn off as your daily tasks became easier for you. You’ve put in some time, gained some skills, and unless you’re fast-tracking through several promotions, each day on the job has dropped back to being about the same old routine. Nowadays, it might even be a real challenge to maintain your motivation at work and keep your performance levels high. Like a lot of people, your self-esteem may even be stagnant – it’s amazing how many of us let our profession determine our level of self-esteem.
But what if you could feel that excitement – the way you did when you first began that job – all over again?
Knowing how to stay interested and motivated throughout the ups and downs of your job can be one of the most helpful skills you can have, and can provide more opportunities for growth personally and related to your career or even a business opportunity.
Try these tips to inspire you at work:
1. Find something that sparks your interest. When you have an interest in something, you’re more likely to enjoy the time you spend doing it. Do whatever’s necessary to peak your interest in a topic related to either your current assignment, or an assignment you’d like to have.
* For example, if the boss wants you to develop a brochure for a trade show, look at other trade show brochures. See what the rest of the industry does with the project. Find out what past trade shows had great responses from their material, and see what you can use for the current assignment.
* Don’t settle for only contributing toward one part of a project – find out what steps come before and after the one you’re working on, and what you can learn so that you’ll be more versatile and have an extended skill set so that the “bigger picture” of the project becomes part of your experience.
2. Discover new knowledge. Whenever you learn, absorb, and then take action to implement new information, you become more skilled at what you’re doing. As your expertise grows, so can your pay rate in your career, and that’s something exciting you can look forward to! Adding to your skill set also makes you a more valuable employee, and raises your self-esteem because your knowledge level also grows.
* To stay motivated, adapt a pattern of continuous learning. When you find new information related to your goals at work, your level of interest is successfully cultivated. You’ll then be compelled to move forward in your work.
3. Let your creativity flow. Whenever you unleash your full power to do your job, wonderful things can happen. Creativity sparks your imagination to do tasks in new ways and implement innovative processes that make your job seem new again. Look at as many different angles of your assignment as possible within your given time constraints – what worked in the past, and what’s working for others in your industry?
4. Make it your own. On a new work assignment, do your best to come up with a finished product that you’ll be impressed with. Put your own twist on it and leverage your knowledge and experience to . Feel the pride of doing an outstanding job and enjoy the resulting accolades while simultaneously raising your professional profile.
* Taking ownership of a job is a key to keeping your motivation at an all-time high.
5. Decide you want to be the most exceptional worker at your place of business. Strive to develop a name for yourself as the best office worker, insurance agent, proofreader, or whatever it is you do, at whatever level you’re doing it. There are many CEO’s who started out in a lower level position in a company and took that ground-level knowledge all the way to the top of the company.
* When you’re at the top of your game, every work assignment that comes your way allows you to show your stuff – take pride in your work and learn everything you can.
6. Ask for help when you need it. Seek assistance right away when you struggle to move forward with a project. This way, you’ll avoid generating feelings of annoyance, frustration, and disappointment in your performance, and you’ll also be cognizant of deadlines.
* Instead, you’ll say, “Wow, I see now” and move forward with renewed interest in your project without stressing over lagging timelines.
7. Embrace your work. View your job as an important priority in your life and keep your mind focused on your work when you’re at the office. Recognize that your family’s level of prosperity depends on your career, and build positive “capital” on the job with great performance.
* Stay in touch with what you love at work and use it to maintain your motivation.
8. Let your paycheck inspire you. The clear fact is that money motivates most of us. And when you work, you get paid. Imagine the riches that might come to you because of your high motivation for doing your job – improving your skill set, making great interpersonal connections, and building good teams by being a good team player are all skills that can translate across jobs and industries, and make you more valuable.
Re-discover why you chose your career. Use these tips to inspire you and pump up your motivation at work!