So what exactly are these (typically) managers saying when they lament a lack of self-motivation in others? It’s usually that they don’t know how to motivate someone, and it’s frustrating to them. It could also be that they don’t want to have to motivate someone. They’d rather that employees motivate themselves.
“They get to keep their job – isn’t that motivation enough?!”
Well this Tip has a simple idea that will make those managers (the good ones and bad ones) happy. This advice will also help those of us who don’t get the outside motivation we need.
It’s simple – 3 Steps. Step #1: Make a Success List every day. This is what I do (and it works).
At the start of the day, get out a blank sheet of paper, and write “Successes” at the top. Then throughout the day, note a word or two to remind yourself of one of your accomplishments. Today, for example, I have 5 successes so far (I just write on my sheet what you see to the left of the hyphen below):
- Bob Smith – The name of a client who said he’d be a reference for CSS for some pro sports mystery shopping work
- Client X Mtg – A sales meeting I had this morning that went great
- Article Published! – Notes an article that was published today
- Great Interview – A helpful telephone interview with a client to share information in preparation for some upcoming training
- Survey Launched – We launched a new survey today.
By the way, completing this Tip of the Week will be #6!
You don’t use the Success List as a rehash of your To Do’s. There may be some of that on there, but it’s basically your accomplishments – a customer conversation that went well, some kudos you received in an e-mail, some interest on a new project, some thank you that a customer provided, or a word of encouragement from a co-worker or supervisor. Maybe it’s the fact that your week is planned or you reduced the backlog of work. Maybe you went through an old file and purged some old documents.
Whatever it is, write it down.
Here’s Step #2 – Read it as the last thing you do before you go home.
And Step #3 – Read it again as the first thing you do to start the day.
Being self-motivated is a wonderful attribute, but not many of us – day in and day out – can do that without intent. Be intentional. Recognize your own successes. Pat yourself on the back – you deserve it!
Create your own daily “Success List.”