“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Woltz

Success comes with motivation. We all have heard it a lot but what we all have experienced as well as the lack of motivation at some point in our lives. This article is going to give you the best strategies to stay motivated at your workplace and succeed.


Make a To-Do List:

The most important and first thing to do at the beginning of the day is to set up a to-do list. Because you need to remember what tasks are there that you need to do and how much you did accomplish during the day. This list can be finalized in two steps. In the first step write down all the things that you need to do and in the second step, prioritize the tasks according to their importance. This is going to be your first motivation for the day. There are free apps like Google Keep to manage your list.

Set Mini-Goals:

You must have heard this too many times but have you tried applying it to stay motivated? It works!

Of course, your goal is going to be one big project but the trick is to break it down into several small bite-sized goals, set the deadlines for these goals and finish them one by one. This will give you a sense of achievement and will keep you motivated as you will know where you began from and where you are heading next.

Know and Get Inspired:

Have you ever heard about a job/work and got inspired and motivated to try that? That’s right! In the same way, know your impact. Know how many people, including you, are benefitting from what you’re doing and this will automatically motivate and charge you to do your best.

Another similar trick is to surround yourself with people, quotes, books, and a list of your goals for the next 5, 10, or 15 years and let these become the causes of your motivation and inspire you to perform your ultimate best.

Move Away from Your Comfort Zone:

It is only when you step out of your comfort zone that you discover yourself. You get to know who you are, what you can do, and what not.

“I think that’s how you grow, when there’s a moment of ‘Wow I’m not sure I can do this’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really good is going to happen. You’re going to grow and learn a lot about yourself” says Marissa Mayer of Yahoo fame. Guess doing what you don’t like isn’t always too bad, eh?

Welcome Criticism and Honor Your Wins:

Sometimes, you deliver your work on time without hassle but you feel like learning a better way to do that work. More often than not, this perspective comes from a boss or a mentor as Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, puts it:

“At some point in your life, you’ve to work with people where you feel a bit insecure. That’s essential because that means you’re working with people who are better than you. If you are too comfortable and secure at what you do that means you aren’t pushing yourself”

Last but not the least, it is very important for you to celebrate your little victories and efforts. Don’t just wait for the big payoff but keep rewarding yourself from time to time for the tiniest goals that you set and achieved.