Motivation and Business

Many people get excited about a new year, making lists and checking them twice…all with good
intentions as to creating a better present than the past. Sadly, statistics reveal time after time that approximately eighty percent of new year resolutions are dead in the water within the first two weeks of a new year. Imagine that? High hopes are dashed, spirits are crushed and
motivation hits a low.

When it comes to your business or workplace, how can you stay motivated, especially in an environment where it seems as if no one else is?

  1. Remember that your emotions are yours. What exactly do I mean? You can choose to be either negative or positive. Think about it: when you feel happy, your productivity automatically increases. Gratitude plays an important part in feeling upbeat and spreading the positivity to those around you. If someone you work with is negative, try not to spend so much time with them. Association is a powerful force.
  2. Reward yourself and your team. Much like a workout, productivity at work can sap your energy. When you win a key account, complete a project or even complete all your calls on your list focus on the victory. It may seem simplistic, but rewards are responsible for many of the things we do, both personally and professionally.
  3. Set your daily goals. Instead of overwhelming ourselves with huge, daunting tasks, it may be better to set manageable goals to ensure they can be accomplished much easier. For example, if you’ve decided to write a book, instead of setting the goal of writing three chapters per day, you may want to stick to just one. (Unless you’re Ernest Hemingway or one of those guys!)
  4. Surround yourself with the people you wish to be like. Up your game. If you admire certain people, try to associate more with them. You can even ask them out to lunch or coffee once per week. Check out mentors on the Internet. Do you own a business? Want to be like Warren Buffet? You may not have the luxury of sitting with him at coffee each week, but surely you can listen to some of his speeches, read his books and adopt the mindset he has when it comes to investing and running an organization.
  5. Check your energy, not the time. A McKinsey and Company study shows that your energy flow is linked directly to your productivity. Some of us may view that as stating the obvious, but many of us work ourselves to the bone, not stopping to gauge our level of tiredness. Working while tired is like driving while drunk. It can have a detrimental effect on our journey, or even worse, cause it to prematurely end.

Lots of love & good vibes, Veoma Ali

Veoma Ali is an Advertising Executive, with a Ph.D in Communications and a Masters in Business Administration.