Staying motivated – part II

February 20, 2018… I wrote a blog titled Staying motivated, which I stressed the importance of motivation and the role it plays in helping you reach your goals.  The four key takeaways I listed out where as follows:

  • Understand your defined goal
  • Make sure you have an appropriate strategy that makes sense
  • Surround yourself with the right people for support
  • Utilize critics as motivation to prove them wrong

It is rare when I meet someone with no motivation, but common when I find someone with the perception that there are no opportunities for them. From my point of view, there are a multitude of opportunities available, but you need to be actively looking.  One of the most effective ways to find opportunities is to network.  Do not limit yourself to networking with certain people you perceive as important.  There may be other people in your life outside your focus with the right connections, which can lead to valuable opportunities.

A few months ago, I was advised by my mentor to setup 1:1 with individuals in various roles across the organization.  Not only was this a great learning experience to understand what other roles in the organization do, but it also helped me build relationships with new people I do not normally interact with.  Since this time, there have been a variety of opportunities across the organization that were offered to me because I had 1:1 with these people.  It is things like this that will open up new doors for you and provide you with more opportunities.

Like I said before, you cannot give anyone sustainable motivation that lasts a lifetime.  It is up to each one of us to stay engaged and maintain drive through good and bad times.  We need to understand our goals, make sure our strategy to get there is appropriate, surround ourselves with the right people, and motivate ourselves by trying to prove the nay-sayers wrong.

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