How to Regain Motivation in the Workplace

How to Regain Motivation in the Workplace

It’s happened. The honeymoon period is over, and the job you once loved has now become dull and boring.

Getting yourself to go to work now requires summoning all of your energy and strength, and even then you don't really want to go.

(Or maybe you never liked your job, to begin with.)

Whatever the case, it takes everything you have just to head into work every day.

Countless people find themselves in this situation at some point in their careers.

However, just because this attitude may be common and even normal doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t attempt to combat it.

So, are you ready to embark on a quest to love your job?

If so, I have a few motivational techniques that may help get you started.

There are mental and behavioral changes that you can make in order to change your feelings about your job.

Each has both primary and secondary benefits.

Mental changes

1. Being grateful that you have a job

Although the unemployment rate has improved, there are still a great many people who are unemployed or underemployed.

Be grateful that you’re not one of them as you have a job to go to every day.

  • Having an attitude of gratitude will help you love your job more.
  • It will also give you a more positive perspective on your day overall.

Consider this a secondary benefit of grateful thinking.

2. Being grateful that you can do your job

Continuing with the theme of gratitude, there are so many people that don’t have either the cognitive or physical capacity to do your job.

  • Be grateful for the ability that you possess.
  • Express gratitude that you are able to successfully do your job.

A secondary benefit to this type of thinking is increased self-esteem.

Are you starting to see how one good thing leads to other good things?

3. Think of all the benefits that will come from doing your job

Do you get to help people?

Do you get to help improve processes and how things are done?

Whatever it is that you do, do your best and enjoy the feeling of a job well done.

A secondary benefit of this is having a greater feeling of purpose in your life.

If nothing is working, maybe it's time for a new job.

(Check out the Best Tips For A Mid-Career Change.)

Behavioral Changes

1. Use a pre-work routine to get motivated 

Maybe that means quietly sipping coffee while reading the morning paper.

Or maybe it means dancing to your favorite music while you get ready for work.

Whatever it is, find a routine that preps you for your day.

  • The primary benefit is that it helps you start your day in a positive way.
  • The secondary benefit is that it adds more fun to your life.

2. Use the reward system

When all else fails, use the reward system.

Did you contribute new ideas at every meeting this week?

Buy yourself a new DVD.

Did you turn in your long and complicated report on time?

Go get a massage.

You get the idea.

  • The primary benefit of the reward system is the simple, good feeling that comes from getting a treat/reward.
  • The secondary benefit is that it increases the likelihood that you will do that good behavior again in the future.

Closing thoughts

Regardless of whether you choose mental changes and/or behavioral changes, these approaches should put some pep in your step as you head out the door.

Give it a try and notice the positive changes that occur.

And if you decide you're in the market for a mid-career change, look us up!

Here at Find My Profession, we would love to help you land the perfect career.

Simply tell us about your previous experience and we will do the research on where your skills could be best applied.

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Get in touch today and let us help you navigate your mid-career change.

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