Motivate yourself

Motivating staff is an important function of any team leader or manager. This can sometimes be hard work and with the constant focus on others, we can sometimes forget to motivate ourselves.

This in turn leads to a problem: if you aren’t motivated, then it is likely that others around you will lose motivation and will not strive to take action.

Before that happens, follow these seven simple steps to motivate yourself to improve your own performance.

1 Mix with positive people Spend your time associating with positive people who are winners or successful in their chosen fields. People with a negative mindset love to see others fail or falter when faced with a challenge.

You will learn negative thoughts and behaviours from negative people and positive thoughts and behaviours from positive people. Positive people exude positive energy and a can-do attitude.

2 Erase a negative mindset A negative mindset will guarantee you a negative result every time. Focus on the positive and erase negative thoughts and behaviours from your personality. It is highly unlikely that you will complete any project or challenge if you have a negative mindset.

Be wary of people who say, “We can’t do that here, this is the way we have always done it here”. Be positive, focus on a plan of action and implement the plan.

3 Develop clear goals If you set clear goals, you will become more motivated. Goals challenge and test your ability to achieve and create success by that achievement. Make sure your goals are challenging enough and still realistically achievable.

4 Write your goals down There is an old saying that 3 per cent of the population control the wealth and 3 per cent of the population write their goals down! Committing your goals to paper is a very powerful motivator because it helps you to focus on what you are striving to achieve.

Read your goals at least three times a day, carry them around with you on a card in your pocket and refer to them often to remind yourself what you are working towards.

5 Make a goal plan If you have taken the trouble to commit your goals to paper, the next step is to develop a plan to make the goals happen. Work out what steps you will need to take and when you will need to take them. Write this plan down also so that you can measure your progress along the way.

6 Network your goals Share your goals with those you trust - perhaps your peers, supervisors or subordinates - or better still, hire a business coach.

Make sure you involve staff who may be directly affected by the outcome of the goal or who will contribute to its success. Making a commitment to a business coach will make your resolve to complete the goals even firmer.

7 Celebrate your success It is important to record your progress. As you reach milestones or the final goal, celebrate your efforts.

Celebrations and rewards for effort make the work seem worthwhile and energise you to achieve more. Achieving your goals will guarantee your ongoing motivation!

Now that you have read the seven simple steps, the rest is up to you. Remember though that you may not be able to do this alone.

Hiring the services of an experienced business coach can make the difference between intention and execution.

A good coach will hold you to account and keep you on track to achieve success. - Source: ST/ANN

*Article by Lindsay Adams, an international speaker with Training Edge International and the president of Global Speakers Federation.