It is hard - some say impossible - to motivate employees. People have
"You can train till the cows come home," sports psychologists say, "but
In the May issue of Runner's World magazine, psychologist Jerry Lynch
Learn to love your work.
Here are some tips:
*Look for ways to bring more joy into your workday. Break the routine;
*Put your work in perspective. It should not be the only source of joy
*Don't be too rigid at work. Discipline is important, but let your
Set goals, but don't let them defeat you.
Goals can be opportunities to fail. To use them positively, think of
Trying to accomplish goals for the sake of achievement alone creates
Some say visualization is the foundation from which your greatest dreams
The central nervous system doesn't distinguish between real and imagined
For example, if you imagine yourself running strong and relaxed, you
Yield to fatigue.
One of the biggest problems in fast-changing organizations with
The answer is not to fight it, but to yield to it.
Fighting tiredness causes tension, anxiety, distraction, frustration,
Yielding to it doesn't mean giving in or giving up - it simply means
When a long-distance runner 64 years of age reached the finish line of a
"I don't," the runner replied. "I run one mile 100 times."
Compartmentalize your work; take it one task at a time.
So many of us get overwhelmed when we look at the full spectrum of work
Instead, force yourself to prioritize; then focus on one task at a time.
Relax your mind.
It will work better.
Of course mental relaxation is not easy to achieve.
Some people recommend setting aside some time every day to get in a
Practice emptying your mind. For some people, including me, that's very
Talk yourself up, not down.
We are the products of everything we put into our minds. Sometimes we
Self-criticism sets us up to fail. "It inhibits courage, confidence and
Give yourself positive feedback. Congratulate yourself on the small
Look for excellence, not perfection.
Perfectionism is looking for a way to fail.
It also can be inhibiting, an encouragement to wait for just the right
Striving for excellence is rewarding. You can achieve it while
Stick to it; don't give up.
Tenacity is essential in every line of business.
In a mutual fund, the chance of making a sale is under 30% for the
Be determined; have the courage to take risks and learn from setbacks.
Make work fun.
You should know the answer to the question "Why am I doing this?" that
Work can lift your spirits and bring joy to your life. There are rewards
When you feel that strong connection, you begin to enjoy the working
Ms. Bird is chief operating officer of Roosevelt Financial Group, St.