Mitzi Ilagan | ExecutiveChronicles.com
8 hours a day for 5 days in a week, you would probably not lost you motivation at work, especially on a Monday. It may happen most of the time but it is always a part of being an adult. No matter how many times you’ve encountered heavy traffic on your way to the office or you’ve been affected by your boss’ random mood swings, you’ll just feel like giving up, tired of what has been happening for the past few months, or even years. In reality, it will not be everyday that one would feel excited to work or go to school, so here are a few things to remember to keep your head on the game.
- Everybody makes mistakes.
Nobody’s perfect, right? That is the reality of life. You don’t have to feel so depressed once you’ve committed a mistake. You may feel bad at one time, but don’t stick to that feeling. Besides, if you don’t fail, you’ll never learn how to grow. Get things done, even when mistakes are part of them. And remember what the quote says, “a setback is a setup for a comeback.”
- Obstacles are challenges, not problems
Whenever you feel that the universe is conspiring against you, take it as a challenge to be able to reach the next level, and not a problem that would make you feel depressed. Life would surely give a lot of these to you, but if you really want to achieve something, you’ll do it despite the hindrances that you may meet along the way.
- Compare your old self with your new self
Comparing may sound like a negative action but when it’s about self-improvement, you definitely must do it once in a while. List down and reflect on what you have and have not done so that you could know your progress in the past few months or years. It will help you get motivated to do more. On the other hand, comparing yourself with others’ achievements would make you feel either superior of inferior because they will likely be ahead or behind you, which is not good for your thinking.
- Complaining will do nothing good
If you’ve got a pile of tasks to finish and your deadline’s the next day, sulking at one corner or even ranting to one of your workmates will not solve your problem. You would just waste your time complaining about something that you couldn’t finish or that you think you could not do. In the same way, worrying about things would also bring negative vibes as you work. Instead, you could even take advantage of the problems that you are encountering because you would be able to learn from it.
- Nothing is permanent in this world
What you experience today may not be happening tomorrow. This is a two-faced situation because you may experience the good and the bad in this. You may be in cloud nine today because you have been receiving good news for the past few days, but a couple of obstacles may cut that happiness that you’ve been feeling. You may also feel stressed today because you have to work on a PowerPoint presentation due 7am the next day and them another project is on your to-do list, but these will surely all pass by you, without you noticing that you’ve finished them all in no time. Life will always give you something to add color to it, so make sure you make the best out of it.
- Remember where you have started
Motivate yourself by thinking about how you started. Remember how you struggled on your way to achieving one of your goals, as you look forward to the next. Bring back that desire which serves as your driving force as you get up every day. Remind yourself that if you don’t want to go back to your old self, you better strive harder.
- Keep going
It may sound too cliché, but you should never give up. Never feel too small or weak to get up and live again. When you feel like everything’s gone wrong, remember that one should be wrong in order to be right. You have to be below first, so that you could go all the way to the top. There will always be something beautiful in all the things that you do, see or encounter and it’s up to you on how you would perceive it.