Do you remember the story of the Ugly Duckling? The swan egg gets mixed up in a nest of duck eggs. After the swan and ducks hatch, the gosling keeps comparing itself to the ducklings and all it sees is how it is different and believes it is ugly. Then, finally one day, the gosling becomes a swan, sees its reflection in the water and realized it is special and beautiful.
What does this have to do with being motivated to go to work? What you choose to focus on in life, and the meaning you attach to it, determines your experience. Are you are happy , excited, and motivated to get to work each day? Perhaps you are focusing on something thinking it is ugly, when in reality, it is special and beautiful.
Did you open this email with the intention of seeing my 50 ways to be “Motivated to go to Work”?
It would not really be right to look at mine; after all, you are a swan, not a duck!
Here is how to develop your own 50 Ways to Get Motivated!
- Focus on 5 things you love about your drive to work.
- Sit in the parking lot at work and find 5 things that are wonderful from that vantage point.
- List 5 things you are going to be able to do this weekend as a direct result of earning money today.
- Sit at your desk and before you start work, think of 5 things you love about your workspace.
- Think of 5 benefits you are getting from your company today. (insurance, office supplies, computer?)
- Who are the 5 co-workers you are going to connect to today.
- Focus on 5 people who you will help solve problems for today. (clients or coworkers)
- Focus on 5 things you are going to learn today to grow.
- Focus on 5 Friendly Smiles you will give to someone you meet today because of work.
- Focus on 5 things you are looking forward to at work tomorrow.
There are your 50 Ways to Get Motivated to Go to Work! If you were not able to list 5 of each, keep building that muscle! Nothing changed for the goose except it switched its perspective from what it didn’t have to what it did have.
Too often we take the best things in life for granted. Remember how excited you were the first day you got the job offer? Changing your perspective might help you remember what you love about your job.
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