Saturday, March 31, 2012

Motivating Yourself to Lose Weight

Life is tough, and you need energy and motivation to work.  There are times we want to do something to lose weight, but we can’t because of that lack of will to do so.  Success comes to those who stay motivated and work towards their goals whether it is related to business or weight loss.  When one is motivated from inside, that person can undertake any job and succeed with flying colors.

There are strategies to help you get inspired and motivated to pursue your goals.  Some are listed below.  Read on and prepare yourself for a new life.

  • Take a break- When you do not feel like doing anything, you may need a break.  Hard work takes a lot of our energy, and the body gives signs that it needs a break from its routine.  Take one or two breaks from work so your mind and body can relax.  If you work out, take a break from your workout schedule to give your body some rest. 

  • Start from smaller things- Setting big goals is good but they should also be achievable.  Once you set small goals and achieve them, a sense of confidence is instilled in your mind and you become ready to set bigger goals and work towards them.  Working out for two hours at a time may not be your cup of tea.  Start with half an hour and then move forward.

  • Bring some changes in your sports and fitness routine- You need to find out what you can do best.  If you think running is a better form of exercise, make sure you add it to your fitness routine.  Make changes in your work out regime frequently so you don’t get bored.  Variety will work for you.

  • Reward yourself- Motivation comes from rewards.  When you do not feel like doing anything, reward yourself with something you like.  Take a Jacuzzi bath, get a massage, or treat yourself with some tasty food, just to revive your mood.

  • Make weight loss programs pleasurable and not painful- It has been proven by Psychologists that people tend to connect their actions with either pain or pleasure.  When you find yourself lacking in motivation, you must think about the results that will keep you motivated.  When you don’t feel like going to the health club, think about the benefits it will bring to you and not about how boring it will be for you to run on the treadmill.  You really need to motivate yourself to lose weight and get yourself a good and healthy life.
So to recap, motivation is what it takes to accomplish your goals.  To stay motivated, you need to take breaks so you can refresh and be ready to continue with achieving your goals.  Also, start small.  Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Get out of routine and try new things as this will make life more interesting.  Reward yourself for a job well done, and finally, have fun.  This will make you want to go out and achieve your goals.  This is what motivation is all about.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Are Your Employees Motivated?

In today’s hectic world, it is not uncommon for people to lose enthusiasm for their work. At a time when employers are looking for ways to cut costs and people around us are losing their homes and jobs, the desire to work efficiently is faltering among many employees. The last thing companies can afford is lost passion and productivity among employees. In fact, at this crucial time companies should encourage employees to be more creative and productive to fight the financial crunch.

With the right approach, employers can motivate their employees to give their best to their work. The following tips will help.

• Try to identify employee problems and show concern for them. Do your employees really feel respected and heard? Take some time to interact with them and address their problems. Informal interaction lets you get to know them as individuals and understand what you can do to motivate them. If you can inspire your employees to take suitable steps, they will bring more energy and passion towards their work.

• Build up and communicate your organizational vision to your employees. Employees will be better motivated if they are well acquainted with the purpose and goals towards which they will work for their company. Speak out a clear vision with enthusiasm and passion to see your employees working to the best of their ability. Instill confidence in every employee that their work really makes a difference.

• Employers should address the inefficient teamwork. Working with an effective team can yield remarkable improvements in motivation and morale, but on the contrary, even if the most motivated employee is part of a dysfunctional team, that employee will probably not be able to maintain enthusiasm for his or her work.

• A team leader’s behavior and attitude sets the basis for the whole organization; therefore, be the role model. Employees constant watch their employers and take the lead if their leaders are enthusiastic. Engage troops with enthusiasm and observe what is happening around you carefully.

• Respectful communication is very important. Intimidation and fear can motivate employees to take action, but the results are not sustainable. Therefore, respect the difference of opinions. Employers should truly foster the right to have various opinions. By giving employees freedom to work towards their goals, you can see premium results.

• Employees should be able to bring their creativity to their work. They will be inspired to work better if they have challenges to meet. By allowing them to make decisions and encourage mutual problem solving, you can see the difference in the quality of their work. You should also encourage feedback and suggestions to let them know their opinion matters.

These tips will encourage better morale in the workplace. Management style is a vital factor when it comes to employee motivation. Thereby, how an organization is run can be a deciding factor in how employees feel about doing their job. If employees are not happy, they will not be motivated to do well, which will eventually lead the company as a whole to not do well. It is up to you, the employer, to decide how you will motivate your employees to be a driving force to the success of the company.