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4 Ways To Stay Motivated At Any Job

4 Ways To Stay Motivated At Any Job

The rate at which the global career market is shifting and establishing new opportunities is faster than it ever has been. Strangely enough, the majority of people still remain dissatisfied with their jobs.

You may be a mid-level corporate employee who feels your career path has struck a stubborn dead-end. Maybe you’re a single mom and you’re fighting your hardest to provide for your children with two minimum wage jobs. Perhaps you’re a recent college graduate and you have visions of grandeur for your future, but haven’t the faintest clue where to start.

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The good news in all of these situations is that there are always steps you can take to induce growth. Staying motivated at your current job and continuing to reap benefits is not exclusive to those who live their dream jobs. Check out the tips below to squeeze maximum potential out of your present job.

1. Establish meaningful connections

To some it may be a no-brainer, but getting to know the people you work with on more meaningful levels is an ideal way to remain motivated. Handling an entire workday with people you despise or simply don’t know very well can make it feel like forever. Take a few minutes, two or three times during the day, to ask your coworkers some genuine questions. You’ll likely be surprised by the amount of information you come across. Who knows – perhaps you’ll make a lasting connection through simple, straightforward conversation!

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What’s more, establishing meaningful connections throughout your place of work is likely to open doors faster, if that’s something you’re hopeful for. Someone wise once said, “There’s always one more spot for a person in any career who delivers quality exceptionally well.” Don’t mentally impede yourself from progress before you’ve even given it a chance!

2. Clearly outline a handful of goals

Across the incredibly wide spectrum of available jobs, any workplace can feel more like a prison without relevant, significant goals. Setting clear goals for yourself in your job is guaranteed to make your work feel more meaningful. First, think of the position you want to move into or excel at. You can’t move forward until you’ve established at least a handful of pertinent checkpoints.

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Second, outline your goal on paper and keep it easily accessible. The number one reason people fail to reach their goals is because they are not physically written down and periodically reviewed. Break this nasty cycle by reviewing your written goals frequently!

3. Pour out your full effort

This may seem like another “Duh!” moment, but it is far and away worth mentioning. You are only hampering your own growth if you aren’t pouring out your full effort every day. Success knocks on the door of those who are committed to excellence (even in the small things), not those who are looking for a shortcut at every turn.

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In addition to this, you may subsequently impress your supervisor or boss when you start kicking butt on the clock. If you were previously someone who lagged behind and now there’s a spring in your step, people will take notice. Everyone likes someone who works hard, and this virtue alone is likely to work in your favor.

4. Ask questions

Fostering a genuine curiosity about your workplace and taking moments to ask questions is one of the magic doors you can open of your own accord. The reason questions are so powerful is because they provide a way to discover new information. And new information – of any kind – can be used for your benefit. “Knowledge is power” has rung true for decades, but it has never been truer than in the Information Age. Harnessing the discoveries that arise from your questions can establish the difference between the mediocre execution of a job and authentic fulfillment.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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