Three Tips to Help You to Get Motivated About Your Career
Notice what it is that you are thinking and feeling about your career at the moment. You may be thinking about how you can get motivated about your career with everything that is happening right now. Perhaps you were already considering options for your career strategy before the pandemic hit? Maybe you have been prompted by someone at work to focus on upskilling if you have some extra time? Possibly you have that niggling feeling once again that you are not where you want to be in your career, and you want to do something about it.
For some people, focusing on your career is not a priority at the moment – you’re juggling home and work life – you have others who are dependent on you; you could have health worries; financial worries; work worries. Recognise that we are all dealing with different things during this pandemic and that it is ok if your career strategy cannot fit into your top priorities right now. If you have considered focusing on your career during this time, follow these three steps to help your motivation.
- Make a conscious decision to focus on your career: Decide if your career is a priority for you at the moment. If you look forward a year from now, would you be happy to be in the same position you are in now? Given everything that you have on your plate now, do you want to commit time to focus on your career? Decide and commit 100% to focus on your career or if you can’t/do not want to; decide not to focus on your career. We give ourselves a hard time for things that we think we “should” be doing rather than making a conscious decision that now is the right time to focus on our career. Whatever you decide, commit to it.
- Decide what your end goal is: Understand what is in it for you. What is it that you want for your career? When focusing on their career, a lot of people start with “I want a pay-rise” or “I will update my CV” or “I will search for jobs online” and they don’t understand the reason behind why they want something. If you are not clear on where you want to go in your career and your reason for wanting that, it will be more difficult to get there. Ask yourself, what is your clear specific goal for your career? Why is it important for you? For example, if it is a promotion you want, what will a promotion give you? The why behind what you want is what you can think of when you feel demotivated or are procrastinating about spending time on your career.
- Take action even before you have the motivation: If you have decided now is the time to focus on your career, set out your goal and then divide it up in smaller achievable actions that you can take. If you are struggling to start, schedule in time to focus on your career and set a timer for ten minutes and take some action. Taking action will give you momentum as you start to see progress. Decide at the end of the 10 minutes if you want to continue spending time. At the end of the time, outline the next action you will take when you spend more time on your career.
Remember, if you find yourself demotivated while you are taking action, think of your reason for wanting to spend time on your career.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aoife Mollin is the founder of AMAResults that supports professionals who are dissatisfied in their careers that are dragging down their entire life. Clients work with Aoife to uncover a plan to a career that inspires and satisfies them so they are more fulfilled in a career they love and have the energy and time to enjoy life again without the stress. This leads to greater confidence, satisfaction & success in their role. She has supported clients in large organisations across financial services, IT, transport, retail within both the private and the public sector.
Aoife combines her 15+ years consulting experience with training and coaching skills, allowing her to challenge individuals to understand how they can work through career change by mapping out a career that allows them to contribute more effectively to organisational performance, while enjoying their work.