Start of the year slump? Here's how to kick-start your motivation

Published February 29th, 2016 - 11:45 GMT
Distance yourself from everything that affects you negatively. (Shutterstock)
Distance yourself from everything that affects you negatively. (Shutterstock)

Although the New Year always kicks off with high levels of motivation, we’re all familiar with how difficult it is to sustain that motivation. Between wanting to develop our careers, working on becoming better-rounded people, and other resolutions, things often turn out to be overwhelming, and we get lost deciding where and what to begin with.

The good news is that we are here to guide you and give you some advice to make the first months of the New Year really fruitful.

All you have to do is follow the steps below and allow yourself to shine.

1.  Set your priorities straight

What’s the most important thing to you in life? What are the areas you have an urge to fix or improve? Take a deep breath and think about the past year. What would you like to change in order to get what your heart desires the most? On a piece of paper, write down the things you believe you should work on to lead a happy and healthy life. These are your priorities.

2  Be focused

Focus on the things that lift you up and help you excel in every field you love. Take major steps to enhance your career and to shine brighter in your area of expertise. Try to eliminate every source of distraction in order to boost your productivity. This can happen when you distance yourself from everything that affects you negatively. According to “Distractions at Work in the MENA” poll (December 2013) social media are the top distraction at work. If you’re looking for some tips on organization, here are a few tips from on how to stay focused and organized at work.

3. Start improving your skills

Once you list all your priorities, you will be able to decide the top areas you need to improve in your life. Commit to being a lifelong learner and success is guaranteed. Focus on what you love most and try to improve yourself through reading about the subjects you’re passionate about or through training. Ask your HR team about training opportunities provided by your company. In fact, the majority of professionals (20.3%) are looking for companies that will help them develop their skills and provide learning opportunities and training programs, according to the “Workplace Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa” poll (June 2013). If these opportunities are not available at your company, do not worry you can always take online courses that help you learn new skills and improve your skillset as well as consulting our Specialties section or our Courses.

4. Don’t let yourself down

Think positively and always, always believe in your capability to make a change. Every single one of us is talented in his or her own way, you just need to spread your wings and fly. Go to places that scare you, learn to accept failure, and work on turning this failure into success. Do your best to prove that you have what it takes to be successful in everything you set your mind to do. Change begins from within and if you want to make the best of your year ahead, promise yourself that you’ll do your best to reach your goals and to never let yourself down.

5. Start now

What are you waiting for? To make the next year your best one yet, get a paper and pen and start making that list now.

By Ghady El Hajj

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