As we progress through our daily lives and careers, sometimes we might fall into a “funk.” Whatever the reason for this may be, breaking out of it sooner than later is key. With the ups and downs that life throws our way and the rollercoaster that a career brings, it can often be difficult to stay motivated.
When looking for motivation or inspiration during the job search, and ultimately your career, we tend to seek guidance from those who have done it before. Whether this is through a mentor, books, or a quick (or not-so-quick) Google search, there is a vast amount of career guidance available.
Recently, the folks over at Money.com released an article featuring 11 highly successful business people and the ways they stay motivated and maintain self-discipline. In this article, I’ll highlight a couple that I think are great tidbits for job seekers and established professionals alike. You can read the full article here.
Do Things Others Aren’t Willing To Do
This tip comes courtesy of Grant Cardone, a top sales expert who has built a $500-million real estate empire and New York Times-bestselling author. He says “Be disciplined about taking massive, constructive actions that’ll provide the greatest value to your life and business…Do the things that others won’t, so you can live the life others can’t.”
On the job search, the things that others aren’t willing to do can include networking (people are uncomfortable speaking to strangers), calling potential employers and even applying to jobs in a different industry. By doing these things, you stand out from the crowd and give yourself a better chance of securing a job and beginning (or continuing) a career.
For those currently in a career but want to work their way up, this piece of advice goes a long way. There are certain things that people in offices don’t want to do (pick up trash after a meeting, etc.). By doing these things, you can separate yourself and stand out in the company.
Focus On Your Dreams
What is your dream job? How are you going to get there? According to Jonathan Gilinksi, a serial entrepreneur, executive director of CapsCanada and founder of Capsuline, “pursuing your dreams will help you avoid distracting temptations and enable you to focus on the subjects that mean the most to you.”
If you’re just starting out on your career path, finding what you’re passionate about is what will propel you along your career path. Once you’ve identified what your passion is, Gilinski recommends following and running with it. If you’re in a job that you have either lost passion for or weren’t passionate about to begin with, you can also heed this advice to change careers to one that you are passionate about.
Put One Foot In Front Of The Other
“You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.” – Charles Carlson
Sometimes getting started on a task is the most difficult part. Trevor Chapman, successful entrepreneur and digital strategist, uses the analogy of mountaineering. “Standing at the base of spectacular grandeur is awe-inspiring. Knowing you have to climb that spectacular grandeur is just as equally daunting: the distance is formidable; the mind games, excruciating.”
You can set goals for yourself, but unless you put achieving those goals in motion, then they’re just thoughts. There is no shortcut – only hard work and dedication, which requires self-discipline. Just like climbing a mountain, you need to put one foot in front of the other when it comes to your career.
Although these are only three of the 11 ways these successful business leaders exhibit self-discipline and stay motivated, by incorporating the three aforementioned tips into your daily routine you can hopefully find some motivation to achieve your own goals. While success and motivation differ for everyone, these are just recommendations for a place to start.