What are the three keys to self improvement and motivation?
Inspiration is critical to staying motivated and improving oneself. If you are not interested in your work, your motivation level will never be high and you will not be able to sustain interest for very long.
Take an honest look at your inspiration level. Are you excited about going to work or is it an obligation? You would be surprised at the number of people who choose a job that looks good on paper, but in reality does not interest them in the least.
These individuals will grow weary and uninterested pretty quickly because they have no inspiration or passion to sustain them during the difficult times they will encounter along the way.
If you do not like your work, then think how you can refocus your work to better match your needs. Are there things you’re doing that you can delegate to others and get to the work you love? Or consider making a change entirely. Without inspiration, you will not be motivated to even try improving yourself.
2. SETTING GOALS
Short and long-term goal setting is vital for any leader. Without goals, you have no way to know how to move forward with improving yourself. Do you need to invest in hard skills, soft skills or both? The answer is murky if you don’t have goals.
How could you possibly be motivated if you are unsure about the direction of your career?
Take the time to put your goals in writing. Include “mini-goals” that can be accomplished in a matter of hours, days or weeks as well as the more ambitious “grand-goals” that may take years to complete. Refer to this plan throughout the year.
But can your goals really help motivate you? Of course. Written goals will make you feel more professional and certainly more connected to your work. It will also free you from having to reinvent your goals every single day as often happens when you have no plan.
Another key factor in getting and staying motivated is networking with other leaders. No one person knows all the knowledge.
However, when a number of people begin working together, the challenges will just be there waiting to be conquered.
In fact, the isolation of working alone is one of the most difficult parts of being a leader. You can never improve your leadership without the help of others. Mutual support is motivating.
Make it easier on yourself by connecting with others either in your community or online. Even when businesses are not related, you will often find common ground and ways to work together.
Many successful leaders report that finding the right group was a turning point in the growth of their careers. Working together, a group can help its members generate more leadership growth and solve problems faster and more efficiently.
Sharing ideas, expertise and experience is also an invaluable aspect of motivation and self improvement.
Your own personal team of leaders will help re-energize you when the burdens of leadership seem too much.
With your group to rely on, you can accomplish more in less time and probably have more fun in the process. You will feel motivated to accomplish self improvement when you know you are not alone.
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