Legendary writer Mark Twain once said, “The law of work seems unfair, but nothing can change it; the more enjoyment you get out of your work, the more money you will make.” This old adage holds true to this day, and rightly so. Those of us who love our jobs work harder at them, rise faster within companies, and make more money. The reason for this is simple: people who are passionate about their jobs will naturally work harder.
Unfortunately, the world is full of things that can demotivate and demoralize us. The reason for the loss of passion could be work related, family related, or just generally life related. While the problems aren’t really the focus here, the effects of the problem are. By becoming demoralized, we allow our minds to talk us into working less hard or lessening our drive for excellence. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to reverse the loss and turn it into a marked increase in motivation.
Challenging yourself to do better than the day before is great way to stay motivated. If a task usually takes 45 minutes to complete to perfection, try to do it in 40. If there are extra steps that are usually skipped but create a better product, complete them. Even if no one else notices what a great job you did, you’ll know, and that’s an amazing feeling.
Do The Parts You Don’t Like...And Make Them Better
This may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s actually a great way to stay motivated. By taking tasks you don’t like and making them better while retaining quality, you take ownership of the task and will probably find it much more tolerable after the fact. The key here is to retain quality and not simply speed it up. If you’re sacrificing the integrity of the job in the interest of speed, you’re doing it wrong.
Make Your Passion Contagious
Make it a point to identify and talk about why you love your job to other people on the job site. By employing this little bit of psychology, you’re sowing the seed for a workplace that is more motivated overall. If you can spread the enthusiasm on a good day, it stands to reason that you can absorb it on a bad day as well.
Make A List
Make a list of what you need to get done and divide it into chunks. You’ll gain a small sense of accomplishment from completing each chunk, which will make your overall satisfaction grow as you work down the list. By the end of it, your job satisfaction and overall motivation will have grown tremendously.
Remember Why You Do It
For some of us, the reason to get up and go to work every day is to provide for our children. For others, it’s simply because we love our job. For most of us, it’s somewhere in between. Whatever the reason is, keep it in the forefront of your mind when your motivation starts to lag. This method is probably the simplest to accomplish, because all you need to do is remember your passion.
Remember To Reward Yourself
Being motivated at work is crucial to success, but so is rewarding yourself. I personally know an HVAC tech who will go fishing after a tough day’s work, but only when he feels he’s done an exceptional job. He’s an avid angler and would love to go every day, but he’s brilliantly using his life’s passion to reward his work passion. By creating a closed circuit of motivation, he’s one of the best and happiest techs I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
When your motivation starts to fail, nip it in the bud. By using these steps to respond quickly, you can turn your loss of motivation into a serious gain. Remember, the more you love your work, the more it pays off in the end.