Being motivated and staying motivated are two indispensable qualities we must acquire if we’re to be happy and succeed.  This pertains to a double life for most: Your life at home and your life at work.  Usually, if you’re happy at one, you’re happy at the other – but not necessarily.

Some people use the job to escape from the problems at home and vice versa.  Neither should be used as an escape or a refuge.  A balance must be sought between motivation at home and in the work place.  Actually, you can use these motivational tips to accomplish both.

Ask for job clarification.  If you don’t understand your job you can’t produce the results expected.  Go to your immediate supervisor and ask for job clarity.  What you may have thought was difficult could merely be that you didn’t understand what was needed.

Determine your path for advancement.  You can’t hit a target if you can’t see it.  Sure, you can take the shotgun approach and fire at random but you have a much better chance at hitting the mark if you know where you’re going and how to get there.  Motivation is much easier if you understand what’s expected of you and the path to the next step.

Do more than is required.  Don’t be a showoff, but don’t do just enough to get by either.  The boss will notice both and treat you appropriately.  Take on new challenges.  Volunteer for extra work and get it done.  You may have to stay late sometime but this is your future we’re talking about.  What’s a little extra overtime as compared with a lifetime of achievement?

Push your limits.  Step out of your comfort zone.  Oh, that’s hard when you first do it but go ahead.  You may find you love it out there.  It’s an old saying that if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.  Do more and you’ll get more.

Get educated.  Read books, take classes, and sign up for educational seminars that will advance you in your field of work.  The time to learn is now.  Don’t wait until the need arises for you to learn a new skill or to better the skills you have.  If you learn them, you will use them.

Don’t procrastinate.  Do it now.  Do it now.  Get it done and put it behind you.  Don’t let any project or job overwhelm you.  Persistence leads to completion one small step at a time.  Giant steps are not necessary.  Baby steps will do, but you must take the first step.

Stay healthy.  You can’t stay motivated if you don’t feel well.  This too is an everyday mission.  Get plenty of rest, eat right and exercise.  Just do those three things and good health will be a given. These motivation tips work well on the job but also in all aspects of living.  Be proud of yourself, prepare and be a leader wherever you are.