Three In-Depth Steps and Strategies to Regain Motivation in Your Career

Step #1: Determine why.

The first step is to take a look at why you’re feeling unmotivated. Is it situational? Is it driven by factors internal to you, or is there something external causing your motivation to dip? For instance, your internal motivation can take a dive if your work feels too familiar or boring. Or, on the external side, if you receive a lower-than-usual annual bonus, you may experience lower-than-usual motivation as well.

Step #2: Strategize.

At this point, you hopefully have a few ideas in mind for what you can do to help revive your motivation. But, before deciding on a course of action, take some time with the following reflective exercises for a stronger likelihood of increasing your motivation at a deeper level.

  • What are the things you currently feel enthusiastic about?
  • What brings you joy generally?
  • What do you value in your career?
  • What do you most enjoy doing at work?
  • How can you use the things that you feel passionate about in life to ignite more passion in your work?
  • What career goals can you set around what drives you in work and life?
  • What is the learning opportunity for you?
  • What is the gift this is providing you?
  • What strengths and skills are you developing in this situation?
  • What opportunity does this situation create for you?
  • How would you view this situation at the end of your life in terms of what is important about it and what isn’t?

Step #3: Create a plan.

As a final step, form a plan for what actions you would like to take based on what you’ve learned about yourself and your circumstances.

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