“What you focus on is what you get”
“Wherever you go, there you are”
It’s your life, are you clear about what you want and how to go about it? A common setback is losing your motivation. Work teams, projects, executive committees all need motivation.
How do you maintain motivation? The secret lies within how you think, what you do and how you interpret your world. A key to maintaining motivation is to see yourself or your team moving in the direction you want to go and that you are gaining benefit for your efforts. To do this you need to be able to measure your success. When your actions
bring you closer to your goal and you can see that what you are doing really works, and then your motivation will increase. It’s also normal not to feel motivated all the time, but what you do with that time is important.
Work groups that lack motivation lack leadership and lack creative and candid conversations. I’m the first to admit I’ll tackle the elephant in the room given any chance, but my experience is that many leaders are risk adverse and avoid it. The result demotivation and lost productivity. So what can you do?
Change the conversation, change the game. Motivation is about the conversation and the action steps that follow.
Research over 30 years has shown that if we have a goal to aim for we are more likely to be successful. Research also shows that those people who write down their down goals and strategies and review their progress are more successful than those who don’t. Same goes for the workplace. Finally,
1. The more difficult the goal, the greater the achievement.
2. The more specific or explicit the goal the more precisely the performance is maintained.
3. Goals that are both specific and challenging lead to the highest performance.
Put it out there in the workplace. Put up a workplace or team challenge, consider a corporate innovation challenge or business improvement challenge. We all like a bit of sport or spectating from the sideline. Go towards the goal versus moving away from the pain.
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