Motivated Mentality is Mostly in the Mind

It’s the start of a new week, and while the weather is finally on the upswing again, that doesn’t stop us from thinking that once again the weekend is a long way away. That said, how do you stay motivated when all seems lost? There are only so many quotes you can read, only so many cheerful little desk ornaments you can buy, only so many cheerful co-workers with the pasted-on smiles you can take.

The answer, young paduan, lies within you.

With your mind in the right place, you can motivate yourself easily and carry those tools for success and positivity every day. The best part is, because these tools are all metaphorical, they don’t clutter your desk!

First, make a personal commitment to yourself. Relax: we’re not asking you to put a ring on it. Just make a promise to yourself that you’ll do the absolute best you can and stick to it! By promising yourself to follow through, you’re promising not to disappoint yourself. We are our biggest critics, and we all know how it feels to fall short. Commit yourself to never feeling that way again and day by day, it’ll get easier to follow through. People will look to you as someone who is determined and focused and that, in turn, will get you the respect and recognition you deserve. Instead of working with gaining respect in mind, work with the purpose of being motivated.

As cheesy as it sounds, remind yourself of your strong points. Remember way back when you applied for the job and you were asked in the interview “What do you feel are your strengths?” Hopefully, you didn’t just blurt out the first cliche that came to mind. Instead, focus on something that actually makes you stand out from the rest of the workplace. Every day when you look at yourself in the mirror or the reflective edge of your desktop computer, remind yourself of why you’re so awesome. The validation will come after you tell yourself the same thing over and over. It’s like brainwashing, but the socially acceptable kind: the kind that will result in confidence.

Think of yourself as unstoppable. Use it as your code word,…heck, use it as a password! Reminding yourself that you can overcome challenges will make you believe that you can do anything you want and that no matter how unmotivated you may feel, you have it within yourself to see things through.

Finally, reward yourself! Give yourself the praise and reward you deserve. Your efforts should go rewarded, even if you just take yourself out for a treat or buy a little gift for yourself. People who work themselves to the bone but forget to reward their efforts often burn out and lose motivation. Like a mouse receiving a piece of cheese for pushing a button, motivation is a learned behavior. You have to subconsciously learn that you’ll get something out of following through with your plans and working harder than before.

Keep upping your game this week and see how you feel. We bet you’ll feel pretty good and even more motivated to come back to work the next week!


How to Use New Year’s Resolutions to Enhance your Business


The clock is ticking and the ball is about to drop, but don’t drop the ball when it comes to your business! This is the perfect time to reevaluate your business and think about how to help your business improve in 2016. The first few weeks are critical when it comes to implementing new systems to improve communication, increase accountability and set new goals to help you and your business rise above the ashes and come back stronger than ever!

While you might be setting new fitness goals (who doesn’t want to shed a couple pounds or get a little healthier?) on your personal time, don’t forget to set goals at work either. But studies have found that a majority of goals are not reached or simply failed within the first month of the new year. Why? We have a habit of setting unattainable goals for ourselves and we lose motivation. The enthusiasm fails and we crash and burn like a dying firecracker. Don’t fall into the trap of setting too many lofty goals at once.  Instead, set a few short term goals that can be reached easily in the first few weeks. Then, reward yourself and your office for reaching that goal! Continue setting goals that are increasingly long term and rewarding success. Maintaining that momentum will make goals seem less arduous and more attainable.

Nip things in the bud. Resolve problems that you encountered in the last year and figure out a strategy to avoid those mistakes again. When you take time to review the previous year (as much as you may want to run full tilt into 2016), you give yourself an opportunity to analyze what you did that worked, what failed, and what has yet to be accomplished. Take a hard look at your budget, as well, and reevaluate where your priorities lie. If you wan to grow, sometimes you have to cut back here and there. But in the long run, you’ll benefit. Go into the new year with goals, not regrets!

The last thing you have to consider is your professional relationships with clients. Don’t let “old acquaintances be forgot,” and fall by the wayside. Take time this new year to get back in touch with old clients and reestablish those relationships. Update them on your progress. Let them know what exciting new plans your company has for the new year. Make them feel remembered and wanted. At the same time, revamp your social networking and pare down to a few vital and manageable tools. If you use a dozen different resources but are wasting time and money to keep up, scale down to five or six outlets. And while you’re at it, update your website! Make it stand out and make your presence known!

Set the bar high this new year. If you set attainable goals, focus on improving, and stay connected and modern, you’re sure to have a year to remember.

From all of us at Fast Trak Inc, Happy New Year!