It can be hard some days (Mondays especially) to find your motivation at work. One way to stay motivated is to remember the big picture and what you are ultimately striving for-success! While there are many contributing factors to your accomplishments at work, there are plenty of things you can do as an individual to ensure you are on the path to success in the working world every day.
Network– Are you the kind of person who goes to work every day and sits at your desk quietly trying to avoid any and all coworkers? Stop that! Although it may not seem like it, building strong relationships around the office and showing you can be a team player can be a big contributor to your success. Never underestimate the power of networking and how it can help your career and your future.
Go the Extra Mile– Having a positive attitude and being more than willing to go the extra mile at work can do wonders in the eyes of your employer. Instead of getting by doing the bare minimum, step up your game and deliver more than is expected of you. Volunteer to do a difficult task or stay late and come in early if necessary.
Make Yourself Valuable– Making yourself a valuable employee at work will get you ahead. Being flexible, staying current on your job industry, being a though leader, and prioritizing right are just a few ways to become indispensable at work according to a Forbes article. Remember to always be seeking opportunities to do more and gain more responsibilities as well.
Be Proactive– Don’t be caught off guard by unforeseen problems that come up at work. Being proactive means thinking ahead, predicting problems and events that could occur and overcoming them. Being proactive also means planning and participating. Make plans, execute them, and don’t sit on the sidelines during meetings. Be a good decision maker and stay active instead of dragging your feet on big tasks will also help you to become a more proactive person in the workplace.
Be Reliable– Being reliable goes hand in hand with being consistent and both are a major factor in your success at work. If you prove to be an unreliable and untrustworthy employee, you close the door on any chances to getting ahead. One can prove their reliability by staying true to their word, always delivering, and asking for help when needed. Being someone people can count on goes a long way. If you are not only reliable once, but consistently, that is how you will build your success and prove yourself overall.
Have Goals– Having goals not only propels you forward in life and business, but it also gives you meaning and something to strive for. If you want to succeed at work, know your aspirations, set timelines, and plan for them accordingly. If your goals seem unreachable, try breaking them down into smaller, more achievable stepping stones that put you on the path to achieving your dreams.
Have People Skills– You may be the smartest and most qualified person in the office, however, if you lack people skills it could hurt your chance for a successful future. Having strong communication skills such as being able to relate to others, having patience and having active listening skills are all important. Nobody wants a leader or co-worker they cannot communicate with, so if your goals are aimed high make sure you practice connecting with others.
Have a Life Outside of Work– Many people do not realize how much their life outside of work affects their productivity during working hours. If you’re simply living life just trying to “get through” work every day, it is likely that your work life is more miserable than it should be. Don’t wait for the weekend to have fun, socialize, spend time with loved ones and relax. Remember that living a fulfilled life outside of work= thriving, purposeful, and productive days during work.