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How to Get Your Mojo Back at Work

December 2017- by Dustin Sandoval, Vice President, Principal

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Are you struggling to find motivation during the work week? Watching the clock and heading for the door right at 5 p.m.? It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. It happens to all of us. From time to time, we all lose that spark that made us want to jump out of bed and attack the day. Maybe your job is becoming too repetitive? Maybe you have had a few losses where you are used to winning? Everyone gets in a funk for different reasons.

Don’t fear. This happens to all of us eventually. And while I do believe most managers intend to motivate their employees to their fullest ability, I have always found that nobody will be able to motivate you as much as you can motivate yourself. That said, here are a few tips I’ve collected over the years to pull yourself out of a work funk:

  1. Remember Why You Started

    We all remember starting a new job or the first day of a new promotion. You come to work ready with a special swagger—you are confident, ready to take on your new challenge and you are eager to show your new boss that he/she has made the right decision. If you’ve lost that first day mojo, evaluate what has changed. Did the company change significantly, or has something changed within you? The newness for any new job, new relationship, or new asset will always wear off. The key is to remember why it excited you in the first place. Think back to your goals and aspirations as you walked in on day one.

  2. Think Much Bigger

    Don’t just focus on what you need to do in order to do your job well so you can leave at 5:00. Instead, focus on the bigger picture for you! Understand that your job is a vehicle that can fuel all of your personal goals and aspirations. Do you want to travel to Europe? Buy a new car? A house? Or maybe you are motivated by promotions and climbing the corporate ladder? At any rate, see the bigger picture and know what a great day at work will mean for your long term goals! Stay focused on your big goals and dreams, don’t focus on what is needed just to leave for the day. As Henry Ford said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

  3. Mindset

    Remember that you are always in control of your own mindset. You can rarely control the circumstances around you, but you can always choose your attitude and how you respond to daily challenges. Remember that you will always face adversity and have bad days from time-to-time, but it is an internal decision to let outside circumstances bring you down. Nobody can ever take away your own internal mindset. Charles R. Swindoll hit the nail on the head when he said, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

  4. Help Someone Get Better at Their Job

    Teaching others how to be successful can be extremely rewarding and its own sort of motivation for you. Most specifically, you don’t need to be an official mentor or in a leadership role to be able to offer advice or show someone a technique to getting the job done better or more efficiently. Even if you are in an entry level role, there is usually someone who is less tenured than you are, someone who can benefit from what you already know. One of the Chinese Proverbs says, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

December is a great month to take a personal inventory of where you stand in relation to both your personal and professional goals. You can wrap up 2017 with a win, enjoy the holidays, and re-evaluate what you need to do in order to achieve your goals and crush 2018! Best of luck!

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