Advancing in your career doesn’t happen overnight. Even though you are great at what you do and have all your milestones mapped out, sometimes that key promotion can take time to come to fruition. So how do you stay focused at times when things slow down or when you start feel discouraged?
It’s important to stay motivated, even when you feel like you’re standing still.
The key to feeling motivated is to enhance your positivity. Although some people find it naturally easier to maintain a sunnier disposition than others, there are many ways you can try to maintain an upbeat outlook. The following strategies will show you how to cultivate a positive attitude and stay motivated:
Visualize your goals.
Positive imagery is a powerful way to remain inspired to advance. Think about your goals every day. Imagine your life once you’ve reached your professional goals, and use these images to motivate yourself.
Create a competitive environment
A little friendly competition never hurt anyone and can actually help you up your game and surpass your own expectations. Find one or two colleagues or friends who are also looking to advance their careers, and inspire each other to continuously do better.
Advancing your career is all about attaining your goals—but those goals must be realistic; otherwise you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Just remember that every time you meet an objective, you’re advancing in the right direction. Carefully review your plans, and determine whether you need to add smaller, interim goals that will help you feel confident on the way to your bigger objectives.
Learn positive self-talk
Don’t underestimate the power of positive self-talk.
Learn to encourage yourself with positive coaching. If you’re afraid of failure and you tell yourself a task is too difficult, chances are you won’t succeed. If, on the other hand, you tell yourself a task is a challenge and an opportunity to test your skills and learn new ones, you’re creating a positive situation for yourself in which you’re not limited by your own apprehension.
Develop a routine
Developing a routine can provide you with a powerful tool to stay focused and motivated. The more you grow accustomed to doing certain things like studying or networking for a specific amount of hours a day at a certain time, the easier it becomes.
It is tried and tested that rewarding employees inspires them to perform better. You can apply a similar strategy to your career advancement efforts. However, instead of only celebrating when you’ve achieved a goal, take the time to reward yourself simply for your hard work. For example, at the end of every week, if you’ve met your goal of studying every evening or have delivered outstanding results in your job, treat yourself to something that makes you happy.