- Re-examine why you’re here. Ask yourself “Why did I want this job?” and keep asking why until you reach the root of the problem.
- Know where you stand. Determine how motivated you are to lead. If your motivation is sagging, identify demotivators, neutralize causes if possible and change your habits where needed. Identify meaningful needs your efforts fulfill, then think how your passion connects with those needs.
- Be optimistic. Challenges and failures almost always have elements in them that can be used for good — a new contact, a lesson learned or a long-term benefit. Find the positive and look for good outcomes.
Improve Self-motivation, Improve Results
Motivation is a key component of emotional intelligence. When you are self-motivated, you work steadily toward your goals and maintain high standards for your work. If your motivation to lead is sagging, how can you improve it? James Manktelow and the Mind Tools Team offer three techniques: