It’s all good until it happens to you, right? The loss of motivation, we mean.
We’ve seen it one too many times, and there wasn’t a single time we weren’t worried about what comes next. Do you take some time to recharge, hoping to fall in love with your work again? Do you quit entirely, thinking there must be something bigger out there waiting for you to conquer it? Or, do you just stay miserable and stick it out until you snap entirely? Hah. It’s one of those Catch-22 dilemmas, isn’t it?
When Confucius’s uttered his now-famous quote, saying “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” he failed to realize his saying isn’t really applicable neither to all times nor to all professions; it certainly isn’t applicable to everyone’s sensibility nor their environments. So, we come to that one big question: what happens when the job you love almost as much as you love your life becomes a burden?
To find that inner drive again, and become an even better version of the professional you’ve been all this time, go through the following tips and consider them:
Remember why you started
When the crisis hits, instead of letting it overtake your creative process, think about why you started in the first place. Think about the initial spark and motivation that gave you wings and made you as great a professional as you are. The key to staying motivated is to always remember your starting point and end-goal, no matter how far the goal may seem at the moment. Remind yourself how much you used to love what you do, evoke that feeling repeatedly and you should get right back into the game in no time.
Remove the obstacles
If, no matter what you did, the excitement about your work won’t strike, take a step back and observe things objectively. Think about the obstacles around you and in you, observe distractions or negative triggers. Once you’ve listed them all, try to exclude them from your creative process and take a different approach to things. Also, if any of those obstacles are repairable, try to fix them. For instance, if you are feeling underappreciated at your workplace and feel like you deserve a raise – ask for it. If you are feeling unhappy in the team you are working, consider switching teams or talking it out with your colleagues. If you got tired of the same old same old inspiration sources you’ve been using, change the direction. It’s all about perspective, so make sure yours counts for good.
Envision the success that follows
One of the best ways to stay focused and motivated is to envision the success that follows once you are done with the task/project/etc. Keep a healthy mental image alive each time you are about to do a new task. Think about it: what motivates you? Is it money? Great! Acclaim? Even better! Self-respect for doing it? Amazing! Dig a little deeper, find your motivation and let it lead the way.
What most of us often forget is to treat ourselves for doing good; often, the acclaim we are waiting for is external, which makes us susceptible to disappointment. Not everyone sees things the way we do nor do they feel the same way about our work the way we do. The key to being proud of your work is to refocus your thoughts from seeking external to getting internal validation. That way, you are the commander of your feelings, motivation, success and acclaim, and no one can jeopardize it. Tap yourself on the shoulder from time to time and say ‘Great job!’. Get your eftops gift card and take yourself out to lunch when you finish a project successfully. Enjoy a weekend getaway alone. Shut off your phone and go meditate. Whatever makes you happy, do it! As long as your mind rejoices, your motivation will be flowing!
Take the time to recharge
Everyone needs some time off, even from the things and people they love the most. If you feel you’ve reached a point where you can’t stand what you do (hey, we’ve all been there), the thing that would benefit everyone most is to take some time and recharge. Talk to your boss about getting some time off. This doesn’t have to be an official resignation or a vacation spanning over six months; if you work with people who appreciate your talent and commitment, they’ll understand your request and meet you half way. And, if they don’t – who cares: there are people who’ll be happy to welcome you to their team!
In life, it’s natural to lose interest in something/someone, find it elsewhere or regain it through time. When it comes to jobs, the essential thing to acknowledge is that, no matter how much you love something, you’ll get tired of it – not necessarily because you don’t like/love it anymore, but because you need a change in dynamics, you need a twist, you need… something. When we lose motivation, the easiest thing to do is quit. But, are you a quitter? Wouldn’t say you are. Count on the advice above for directions and let us know how things went.