When the going gets tough…
We all have moments where the task ahead seems too difficult to achieve or we’re faced with unexpected setbacks – especially if your studying towards a professional qualification. Think of […]
We all have moments where the task ahead seems too difficult to achieve or we’re faced with unexpected setbacks – especially if your studying towards a professional qualification.
Think of the positive outcomes
The ultimate goal may be some distance off – buying that house, achieving that qualification, getting that dream job – but you pursue your professional development programme because you decided however long ago that the rewards would be worth it. And more often than not, those rewards haven’t changed. Yet somewhere in the middle of it all, you can lose your way. Think what you’ll be able to do once you’ve finished that goal, how much happier you’ll be? What will you be able to do that you can’t do now? Make a list of all those things and use that as your motivation.
Make it fun
If the thought those nice things isn’t quite enough, then try making your work or study fun. Mary Poppins told us that an element of fun could be found in every task, and that really can be true. Some people are motivated by being able to tick things off lists or use exciting stationery while studying, while others love a bit of competition to spice up their dull tasks. Buddy up with someone else doing a similar project or set yourself some stretching targets with appropriate rewards. Find out what you enjoy, then work out a way to incorporate it into your schedule.
Recognise and reward progress
If you can’t make your tasks fun, then at least reward yourself when you hit certain milestones to make the process more enjoyable. It’s natural to split workloads into manageable chunks, and a reward – or thought of a reward – can get you through each part. While it might not be as strong a pull as your end goal, celebrating the work you have done so far will help lift your spirits and keep you focussed on the next target. Just make sure the reward is commensurate with how much you progress.
Believe in yourself
You might be at the stage when you start to doubt in your own abilities, but remember everything that got you here in the first place. There are so many reasons to believe in yourself even when you have a wobble or two. Remember that negative thoughts are normal, and what’s more, they are temporary, and most of the time, they are made-up. Give yourself time and space to remember how awesome you are.
Stay focussed on the task
Life can be filled with infinitely more enjoyable things, as well as people who seem to want to distract us all the time. And when you’re feeling the pressure or not enjoying the task at hand it can be hard to say no to them. More positive and productive people are able focus on their priorities moreso than pleasing others and when you really think about it, there are many things you don’t need to say yes to. What should matter most to you is you, so you set the agenda for what you’re doing when – and stick to it!