Get the Eye of the Tiger: Motivation Methods from MWBEzone

Happy #MotivationMonday! Motivation is a crucial to project success at work. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the excitement for that glorious day off can strip even the hardest worker of sustainable motivation.

In celebration of the #MotivationMonday before Turkey Day, MWBEzone has three methods for motivation to share with all of our incredible customers:

1. Figure out what really inspires you.

If you are passionate about something, you are more likely to devote more time, energy and attention to it. This is as simple as finding something you really enjoy about your work and using that to constantly push harder. Maybe you’re ready to find a new passion; focus, visualize and go at it full force. Keep pushing and keep working towards what is important to you.

2. Set specific goals.

A great way to get your brain into accomplishment mode is to start the day with small victories, like making your bed in the morning, as discussed by Admiral William McRaven (author of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World). Set specific goals to achieve throughout the day, month, year, etc. A short-term goal could be running an extra mile during your workout to clear your mind, while a long-term goal may be saving a larger percentage of your paycheck every month for retirement. Maintaining a clear schedule of tasks and goals will ensure you always have something to work on–something that will move you toward your passion (see method one).

3. Reward yourself for a job well done.

Positive reinforcement is critical to staying positive and feeling good about the work you’re completing. Of course, the level of positive reinforcement is different for everyone. For one person, this may mean getting a massage after signing a new client. For another, this may mean purchasing a new outfit or power tool after completing a particularly difficult work week. After achieving one of your goals (see method two), treat yourself to a delicious piece of chocolate or a glass of wine.

Whatever positive reinforcement means to you, make sure you’ve really earned it. Otherwise, the reward will not suitably motivate you. More than anything, don’t be too hard on yourself. Maintaining motivation is hard, but a reward can make it all worth it.

To all of our MWBEzone subscribers, happy #MotivationMonday! As your #1 resource for small-business grants and government contracts, we hope your motivation continues to Thanksgiving!

About the Author: Lianne Hikind the a staff writer for MWBEzone.


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