The New Year has finally arrived, and with it comes a promise of a better future, both at work and at home. If you were feeling like a laggard at the office, the New Year should present you a reason strong enough to change things that are not perfect and need improvements. Here are the five resolutions that will keep you motivated all year:
It's a sensible assumption, backed by solid research findings that happy employees make a happy company. Workplaces that are served by motivated employees are invariably more productive, give birth to innovative ideas and products, and tend to remain more profitable. However, as much responsibility as it is of the employer to keep its employees motivated, the workforce itself should take initiatives to keep up their motivation level.
If you manage to keep yourself charged up at least for the entire duration of your stay inside the office, you will find yourself more driven and better performing than your peers. Moreover, a motivated employee spills his energy and enthusiasm among the team members, leaving the whole experience of working inside the office greatly enhanced.
Even if your professional life is ridden by a lot of obstacles and struggle, you need to shrug off the challenges and failures aside, step over them and rise higher. New Year resolutions are a good way of setting short term goals and giving new direction to your otherwise directionless life. Take these 5 resolutions; stick to them and every working day of 2014 will be a carnival for you.
1. No matter what happens, keep a positive attitude.
It's easier said than done, but there are few good things in this world that come for free. No matter how bad is your rapport with the reporting manager, or how badly you missed the deadlines, or how bad you were criticized by your boss, try and maintain a positive attitude. To quote Norman Vincent Peale, the famous author of the bestseller, The Power of Positive Thinking
, “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism."
Learn to take the criticism in your stride, and instead of getting bogged down by failures, rise above them. Positive thinking isn't just any miracle mantra, but it is the way of life. With a positive attitude one can visualize the results he or she wants to achieve. The power of positive thinking is such that, you will find yourself walking tall, speaking with more impact and influencing a far greater audience than your peers.
2. Learn to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
There must have been plenty of occasions in the past year when you missed important life events in favor of more work. Also, there must be times when instead of enjoying an hour of television with your family you were spending hours in front of your laptop, frantically trying not to miss the deadline.
However, the truth is that maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential both for your general motivation level as well as overall well being. Looking forward to doing something after work will also see you through the moments of drudgery when your motivation levels are not that high.
3. Enjoy your success.
As important it is to introspect and learn from the failures, similarly it is essential that you enjoy the success that you have achieved after toiling hard, harder than the tough competition. A small celebration befitting the occasion would not cause any harm. The celebration, the accolades and praise should serve as a reminder of how you have to work harder and smarter the next time to achieve an even tougher goal. The strategy of rewarding yourself will give you something to look forward to, and infuse an extra drive to get there.
4. Change your sleeping habits.
Do you know sleeping habits have a great role to play in deciding the productivity and abilities of any individual? If you are a party animal or a person who habitually misses his regular sleeping hours chances are that you feel dizzy and worn out in the office, stressing your body as well as the employer. In 2014, make it a point to improve your sleeping habits.
5. Enhance your skill set.
The hiring trends of the first quarter of 2014 paint a positive picture of recruitment activities globally. However, competition would also be tougher than previous year and your chances of getting selected will rest heavily on the skills that you have in addition to the educational qualifications. Therefore, this year is perfect to enhance your skill set by either joining some training or short term course. Besides, a more skilled person is automatically more confident, and hence more motivated than his peers.
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