6 Ways to Conquer Self-Criticism and Lack of Motivation
If you are feeling unmotivated at work, chances are a lack of confidence in your skills and a sense of monotony are driving down your productivity. But it doesn’t have to be like this! Changing up your routine, looking at your work from a new perspective and learning new skills can help make your work enjoyable again.
In order to help feel better and accomplish more in the workplace (and in life!) here are 6 tips for conquering self-criticism and a lack of motivation.
1. Your Perception of Yourself Eventually Becomes a Reality
If you constantly tell yourself you’re only capable of achieving objective “X,” you’re never going to be able to accomplish more. Avoid creating limiting, self-fulfilled prophecies for yourself and aim high instead. As Les Brown advises, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
2. Submit Yourself to a Paradigm Shift
A paradigm shift is a fundamental change in your approach or the assumptions you work from. When you submit to a paradigm shift, you subject yourself to a change in work attitude and new work environments, which will spark your creativity. A paradigm shift could be as simple as brainstorming with a colleague before you start new tasks to help you see your work from a new perspective.
3. Forget Your Anxieties
Don’t waste all your energy worrying about things that will never come to fruition. Most of what you stress about doesn’t matter, anyway! Instead, focus on the task at hand and you’ll accomplish much more, and feel better at the end of the day.
4. Seize Opportunities to Hone Key Skills
Learning new, key skills to help you in your career will not only boost your self-confidence but will also make you a better, more well-rounded employee.
5. Find Something Positive or Interesting in Every Project
When you don’t see something new in every task at hand, it’s easy to become bored by your work. Eliminate monotony from your work day by focusing on what’s uniquely interesting about every project.
6. Use Other Avenues to Unleash Your Creativity
Don’t let your creativity go to waste – find projects to tackle on the side of work, and you’ll soon feel inspired by newfound energy and ideas.