In CPM Level 1, we learned about
motivation and its role in maintaining a happy and
successful workforce. As leaders, we’re expected to
set the example and deploy practices that uplift our teams.
But how do we do that when we’re not feeling very motivated?
Lately I’ve been feeling a very demotivated. I have a
serious case of short-timer’s disease when it comes to work,
given our current tenuous climate and for the first time, I
find myself second-guessing how I will close out my career.
We’ve been through a plethora of
administrative leadership changes. As government
managers, we recognize that when there’s a shift in the
upper echelons of the organization, the workplace becomes
stormy until we figure out how best to work with our new
bosses. Sometimes there are casualties and we find ourselves
feeling insecure and fearful. I can imagine there are
many on the federal government level experiencing these
emotions with the new White House administration. How
do they keep lifting the troops when their futures are
When I find myself experiencing
this “bah-humbug” spirit, I start to evaluate what I can do
to motivate myself.
Self-motivation propels us forward, encourages continuous
learning and success, and helps us to realize our goals.
At a management study website, they listed the
following self-motivation techniques:
Communicate and talk
to get motivated: Communicating
with someone can boost up your energy and make you
go on track. Talk with optimistic and motivated
individuals. They can be your colleagues, friends,
wife, or any one with whom you can share your ideas.
When facing hurdles; we always make efforts to find
how to overcome them. Also, one should understand
the good in bad.
Discover your interest
area: If you lack interest in
current task, you should not proceed and continue
with it. If an individual has no interest in the
task, but if it is essential to perform, he should
correlate it with a bigger ultimate goal.
One should know when his motivation level is
saturated and he feels like on top of the world.
There will be a blueprint that once an individual
acknowledge, he can proceed with his job and can
Monitor and record
your success: Maintain a success
bar for the assignments you are currently working
on. When you observe any progress, you will
obviously want to foster it.
Uplift energy level:
Energy is very essential for self-motivation. Do
regular exercises. Have proper sleep. Have
tea/coffee during breaks to refresh you.
Assist, support and
motivate others: Discuss and share
your views and ideas with your friends and peers and
assist them in getting motivated. When we observe
others performing good, it will keep us motivated
too. Invite feedback from others on your
Always encourage learning. Read and grasp the logic
and jest of the reading. Learning makes an
individual more confident in commencing new
Break your bigger
goals into smaller goals: Set a
short time deadline for each smaller goal so as to
I learned a long time ago that
I’m the only one who can make a difference in my life if
things are not going the way I want. I am my biggest
cheerleader, but the techniques confirm that I need help.
So I asked for a meeting with my higher-ups and senior
managers to discuss our work situation. I plan to meet
with my senior managers first to discuss our concerns, and
form a cohesive list of our successes and improvement ideas.
We are working hard to keep each other positive during this
difficult time. So if you’re finding it difficult to
self-motivate, turn to those who care and support you.
Help may be as close as your local CPM chapter, so be sure
to attend your next meeting. I plan to do just that.
Sharing my thoughts with all of you CPMers makes me feel
Until next time,
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