This is part II of a two-week look at how to keep yourself and your teams motivated this year.
- Get together with your work team in person or virtually. We need to feel like we are a part of something bigger than us. It will lift your spirits and help remind you that your work matters and that you are not alone in the challenges and the rewards. Talk about the ups and the down of life and work and be honest. People love to help others when you let them know what is real for you in your life and work. People lifted me up when I was at my lowest point and I am constantly amazed at the generous spirit of people.
- Enjoy time with your customers if you can, or take time to follow your work to the eventual end user or beneficiary. We often lose our sense of flavor for life and for our work because we are distant from the impact on them and us. Taste the joy of helping someone or making the world a better place through your work. It feels good to do something good!
- Answer these five questions on a sheet of paper or on your computer and print them out. 1. Why is my work important to me? 2. Why is the answer to number one important to me? 3. Why is the answer to number two important to me? 4. Why is the answer to number three important to me? 5. Why is the answer to number four important to me? Odds are very good that the answer to number 5 is motivating and downright powerful in a meaning of life kind of way. Know your 5th why.
- Move your body. Motion creates emotion and if you are feeling the blues you are probably sitting and standing in a slumped posture. Get up and MOVE! Walk, run, play, workout, or do anything that changes your posture and could be called exercise.
It is okay to feel a little off now and then. Don’t deny how you feel. Life is challenging and life can be hard. Remember, the greatest gift in life is not what you get, but what you become. Stay focused on who you are becoming as you face another year of learning and growth.