The happiest and most motivated professionals are often those who have found meaning in their work, psychological research shows.
But finding a sense of purpose is easier said than done.
According to a national Gallup poll, only 30 percent of professionals feel engaged at work, which leaves 70 percent that feel apathetic or disinterested.
Career and leadership experts, supported by a growing body of workplace research, know that there are multiple ways to start taking control of your career.
Here are 4 ways successful people get the most out of their work life:
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By Jim Rohn
Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth.
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Most people have grand ambitions for their futures. Yet only a fraction of us ever realize our dreams, because ambition means little without motivation. It is true that some people have more opportunities than others, and it is easy to hide behind the excuse that your own circumstances put you at a disadvantage but failure is a state of mind. Everyone who accomplishes great things meets failure countless times on their way success. What sets motivated people apart, however, is their ability to see failures as opportunities to learn. So while setting goals is essential; cultivating the patience, persistence, and positivity needed to attain those goals is life’s true challenge. Here’s how to motivate yourself to excel, from the classroom to a top job:
Set the Right Goals
We all know it is good to study hard, get high marks in school, participate in productive extracurricular activities, and attend university. But few take the time to consider why they want these things. Is it merely to please parents? Is it for the satisfaction of standing out from peers? Or is it because of a genuine desire to grow, to meet challenges, to understand our place in the world better, and to lay the foundation for future accomplishments?
Don’t set goals merely on the basis of what other expect of you. Instead, determine what makes you feel most fulfilled and satisfied (though not necessarily what makes you fleetingly happy), and model your goals towards that. The purest motivation is powered by passion.
Define Your Course
As you begin to understand what you want most in life, learn all you can about it. Examine how others succeeded before you, find out what obstacles you need to overcome, and set a clear trajectory for yourself. Then break your big goal into a series of smaller goals, keeping long and short-term ambitions in mind, and strive each day to make a bit more progress.
I have personally ventured on a number of courses from my passion in engineering to my investment of studying business for future goals. Through my project management courses my knowledge expanded in sales, marketing, HR and modern business, which gave me the motivation and ability to deliver on things like financials which is an area I kind of dislike but I successfully managed to deliver due to the motivation I had to succeed and not accept failure as an option because of the longer term goal of success.
Constantly Refine Your Efforts
Effort without self-awareness is waste. So you must continually evaluate the areas where you succeed and fail. Always aim to be more efficient than you were the day before, and learn from your mistakes rather than being discouraged by them.
Plumb The Unknown
You must expand your horizons in order to grow, so always explore what you don’t understand. In university, when you see modules on topics that seem utterly foreign, take them. If you have a chance to travel abroad, jump at this. Keep an open mind and always be willing to consider viewpoints that differ from your own. Many a times on engineering and nuclear projects I was scared of the unknown, that I may construct something wrong but with an engineering degree and working experience I knew my ability to take risks would get me through and teach me more.
Don’t let fear paranoia or self-consciousness, hold you back and seize every opportunity to grow. Motivate yourself to push your own boundaries further and further. Meet new people and be outgoing. The more often you prove to yourself that you can overcome fear, the easier it will be to motivate yourself to tackle tough tasks in the future and open the keys to new doors and careers.
Invest in Self-Improvement
Above all, strive each day to make yourself better. Reject stagnation wherever you find it in your life, and constantly seek areas for improvement. Spend less time watching TV, less time daydreaming, and less time undermining your own goals. Motivation is built upon productivity, remember that!
Countless people go through their whole lives dreaming of something better, yet never making the effort to understand what it is they truly want or exploring how to get it. The transition from school to a career is one that many people make almost without thought, simply following along in the path that society has laid out for them. Those who get the most out of education and eventually find meaningful work in careers they love are those who motivate themselves by exploring, understanding, and cultivating their passions.
Author: Jen Beswick is a graduate with a strong education in engineering and business. She developed her skills and motivated herself further by taking some project management Telegraph courses which allowed her to manage multiple construction projects in various fields of engineering work, now she is able to offer her advice to you.