Saturday, May 21, 2011

Five ways to motivate yourself at work


Five ways to motivate yourself at work

1. Set your own benchmarks
Acknowledgement  of  your  good work does you a world of good, says Asit Mohapatra , director, human resources - textiles, Raymonds. Com-parisons by others are at times unrealistic, making you feel worthless. Set your own goals keeping in mind what is expected of you at work and deliver more. Strike off those you have achieved - this will not only motivate you but also encourage you to perform better at your job.

2. Think of the present 
It does not help thinking of past failures; they will just pull you down further. Instead, focus on the task at hand and  find  methods to excel at it,  says E Balaji, MD, CEO,  Mafoi  Randstad. Find  a  mentor  who  you  can confide  in  and  then  find  a   new  way  to  approach the same role. Thinking of the present will cement your decision  on  whether  you want to continue in the present job profile or look for something different. Learning from mistakes and gauging the present situation can allow you take an informed step for your future endeavours, says Balaji.   

3. Keep your focus clear 
Make your presence felt by achieving targets, especially those outside expected goals, says Sanjay Bali , GM , HR , Samsung. Enrolling in a learning and development programme organised by the company will give you a fresh perspective and set new standards for your own per-formance. A company review also will help you focus on your weak points and encourage you to improve, says Bali.  

4. Stay curious  
If  you  aren't  tuned  into  the  changes  and developments in your work-place, you are definitely losing out on opportunities. A change of role can help boost your confidence and urge you to excel at the task at hand, says Mohapatra.  Thinking  you  know  it  all  is  the  biggest  faux  pas  you  can  make. Chances  are  you will feel complacent  and  demotivated  sooner  if  you  think you  know everything there is to know about the job you have  been assigned.  Keep  a  balanced  approach  to  your  work,  and  don't  let  negative thoughts mar the chances of letting the positive aspects help your growth prospects.  

5. Be with go getters  
To motivate oneself, Priya Kumar, author and motivational speaker, believes you need to surround yourself with achievers. If you have a few top performers in your friends' list, you can't help but be motivated. Kumar has a large friends circle of super achievers, business owners, singers, actors, sportsmen, and she believes that just a phone call with them, or a coffee with them pumps in the inspiration and motivation that lasts days and has a positive impact on her performance. People don't choose their company wisely. Having a good personal rapport with your seniors and bosses or even senior colleagues from other or-ganisations keeps you motivated. These are real people and their suc-cess and drive inspires and fuels your own. Keep the company of achievers and you will see the impact in your own performance. 

Source of Article : The Economic Times 

Five ways to motivate yourself at work


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