Summer has officially started.
The heat is being turned up, family vacations are starting, and suddenly there is a striking realization that 2016 is halfway over. Perhaps you are sitting on the beach right now sipping on a delicious cocktail reading this article.
Are you where you thought you would be? Are you feeling stuck? Are you making your game plan for the remaining 6 months of the year? Is your job search stagnant or is it on-track for attaining your next position?
Very recently, I joined a kickboxing studio. I wanted to change up my workouts and get back to that high-intensity cardio training. I was growing bored of hitting the gym, lifting weights, and doing intervals on the treadmill. How many times can I hear the same songs on Pandora over and over again without feeling like a rat on the treadmill?
I felt stuck in a rut with my workouts. It seemed so easy a few years ago when I was running races and mixing it up with strength training. Every day was a different workout and I loved it.
After reflecting, I determined that what was missing was the extra “push.” You see, I need that push when I workout.
I crave the feeling of getting my adrenaline running, making the endorphins peak, and “redlining” my internal engine. I’ve done CrossFit (and loved it!) and Orange Theory, but I just wanted something that would challenge me in a different way. Truth be told, I’m a “balls to the wall” kind of person in all facets of my life. I need the workout that makes me feel like I am not going to make it through the end.
So, here I was, taking upper cuts and knee kicks to a punching bag at 9:30am when I thought to myself, what drives people to want more? Whether it’s a healthier lifestyle, a better job, a more fulfilling career, or even a stronger relationship, you must be fully invested in it to make it work and attain that goal. Here are some of my top tips to help you create stronger drive from within.
Make a list of short-term and long-term goals.
It’s very important when creating goals that you focus both on the short-term and long-term. Short-term goals may seem easier to obtain, but the reality is that you want long-term results. Thus, it is important to focus on both.
Wake up early and don’t hit the snooze button.
Statistics show that the most successful individuals rise early and start knocking those to-do tasks out of the way. There are only 24 hours in the day. Don’t waste them sleeping.
Take ownership and accountability.
Don’t shift the blame on others for your lack of motivation, ambition, or success. Look inward and ask how can YOU improve yourself? Focus on the things you need to do to make yourself more motivated in your daily tasks and bigger goals. Connect the dots and look at the patterns that are preventing you from achieving your desired results. Reflect on where you were 6 months ago, a year ago, 2 years ago. If you feel that you haven’t moved forward or progressed, list the steps that you need to take to make progress.
Focus on personal growth.
Sometimes we are hindered in our careers because of a lack of internal personal growth. A lack of personal growth can cause us to feel stagnant, uninspired, or depressed. Take a break from social media. Focus on improving things in your daily routine. Add more structure. Step outside of your comfort zone.
- Update your LinkedIn profile this summer! Make a promise to yourself that you are going to use LinkedIn the right way! With over 400 million users, LinkedIn isn’t just about applying for jobs. It opens up new avenues to connect with recruiters, industry experts, and professionals. There is a specific method to utilizing LinkedIn the right way. Consider booking a consultation with me to discuss some of the important strategies to improve your use on LinkedIn.
- Stay away from job boards like Indeed and Monster. Instead, ramp up your networking skills. Consider attending professional in-person networking events. Reach out to recruiters and ask for in-person meetings. The more you put yourself out there, the better your chances will be.
- Update and keep track of your accomplishments. To stand out from other job seekers, you must be able to differentiate yourself. Consider having your resume professionally written by a resume expert. It will mean the difference between a 5-figure lateral move and a 6-figure career jump!
There are many things you can do each day to increase motivation, but it must start from within. Let this summer be the starting point for you to see what drives you and what you need to continue on the path to success.