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Make motivation your daily mantra

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In today’s world of intense competition and multitasking demands, there is a constant need to stay motivated to pursue goals with a single-minded focus. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it,” says American coach and motivational speaker Lou Holtz.

Start by doing things for which you have a special passion and make it a habit. Without passion and discipline, achieving goals or delivering quality work becomes difficult. If you have lost focus, it is important to “go back to why.” When you keep avoiding a particular task, it means that it is time to just junk it, and move forward. Start working for five minutes. Often, that little push will be enough to get you going.

If you are getting work in bulk, it is best to chunk it up so that it becomes more manageable. Are you demotivated because you are tired, afraid, bored, restless or angry? Sometimes, hidden fears or anxieties can keep you from getting real work completed. Isolate the unknowns and reassure yourself that you can handle the worst.

Your environment can have a profound effect on your enthusiasm. Computers that are too slow, inefficient applications or a vehicle that breaks down constantly can kill your motivation. Avoid those traps that hinder it, so get the right tools.

The worst killer of motivation is facing a seemingly small problem that creates endless frustration. Reframe little problems that must be fixed as bigger ones, or they will kill any drive you have.

Find a few statements that focus your mind and motivate you. If you aren’t sure where to start, a good personal mantra is, “Do it now!” Success creates success. When you’ve just won something, it is easy to feel motivated about almost anything. Don’t forget to congratulate yourself for small achievements knowing that they are all small steps leading to the final goal.

Handy Hints:

* Develop discipline and passion for the work that you do

* Chunk up the work you get in bulk into manageable units

* Master some statements that help focus and motivate you

Source: Debasree Banerjee, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Corporate Communications Manager, Blue Ocean Academy -Dubai