Summer is on its way; there are a million things you want to do, other than work. For anyone, from management to the C-suite, it can be difficult to stay motivated. After all, you are expected to motivate and encourage your team through their periods of demotivation. I’ve come up with a few ideas. They aren’t revolutionary, but I do hope you will find them —motivating.
Love Your Work
Loving your job is not only “nice-to-have”, rather it is essential to our overall well-being. After all, the workplace is the where we spend most our waking hours. Being unhappy at work leads to being unhappy at home, which is pervasive in our society. At some point in our lives, we have all worked at a job that we didn’t necessarily enjoy. It paid the bills and kept you busy but could you imagine spending the rest of your life there? Being at a job that you don’t love can not affect you both mentally and physically, and it can also impact the company that you work for.
Believe in What You Do
In today’s cynical world, it is a great feeling to believe that what you do is changing other’s lives for the better. Entire companies are founded on this principle alone. It is also one of the driving factors behind Millennial recruitment. The opportunity to do good doesn’t end at the office; studies show that companies who engage the community around them are growing at faster rates and enjoying higher job satisfaction scores than companies who are not as altruistic and involved.
Make People Proud
Be the kind of boss that your employees are proud to work for. Create a culture that your employees are proud to call their own. Also, find pride in your team. Acknowledge their contributions and let them know you are proud of their accomplishments, as well.
Focus on the Big Picture
When the day-to-day is too mundane or repetitive, it can be very demotivating. By focusing on the big picture goals you, your team, or your company have set, you can find the motivation you need to lead.
Staying motivated in today’s business environment can be difficult. Yes, there will always be times you’ll lose heart, get busy, or become tired. But when you take responsibility for motivating yourself and others, you are better able to lead, inspire, reach your goals and leave a mark. What is more motivating than that?
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