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4 Ways To Motivate Yourself When You Don

We all have those days. We all have those weeks.

Monday morning arrives and we find ourselves staring down a five-day work week, dreading the office grind that awaits.

Even for those who love their jobs, these moments happen to each of us. Even the best of us can have trouble pushing ourselves to work with 100% focus and maximum effort.

The truth is, despite how you are feeling, your employer deserves your 100% focus and expects you to work the hours you are getting paid.

But what can be done when you just can’t seem to rise to occasion? We have a few suggestions.

Remind Yourself, You’ve Got This!

You’ve got this. You’ve done this before. You’ve pushed past the wall and found the motivation you needed to get the work done. Yes, we all get overwhelmed by both personal and professional responsibilities, but remind yourself that you have the power to change your circumstances and you’ve done it before. Step back, take breath, and decide to move forward.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.” - George Bernard Shaw

Get Around Motivating and Hard-Working People

People rise to the level of those around them. If you are having trouble getting through the day, and getting your work done, then get around others who are working hard. Get away from the people who are slowing you down or, worse yet, encouraging the less than 100% effort.

“We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.” - Jim Rohn

Break Down Your List

It’s no secret that our list can become too daunting and tasks too overwhelming. If that’s the case, break it down into smaller parts. As the saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Take the huge, overwhelming to-dos, and break them down into smaller actionable steps. Not only will this help you digest your workload easier, but as you complete each one, you’ll feel a boost of confidence with each task accomplished.

Remember Your Why

We all have reasons for working, but sometimes we can forget what that reason is. Maybe your job is helping you build towards a bigger goal, or maybe it’s simply to pay the bills and put food on the table. Whatever the reason, reminding yourself of why you go to work every day is crucial to getting and staying motivated. Picturing yourself without the you job have is quick way to kick yourself back into high gear.

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

Being Thankful

Sometimes we just need to pause and take time to be thankful for all that we have. Thankful for the job we have, the opportunities we’ve been given, and what we can do because we have a job. When we take the time to remember everything good that has happened and is happening, we find ourselves remembering to be thankful and continue to push to do the best work we can for the company that hired us.

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” - Oprah Winfrey

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