Motivation is defined as “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.” That begs the question: how can one motivate oneself to strive to be the best they can be while at work? That all depends and changes based on the environment. However, it is sometimes done simply by surrounding yourself with reminders that can keep you focused. It could be posters, pictures, or small mementos to push you to give your all in the work that you do.

For instance, you can surround yourself with things that remind you of your passions in life, what you look forward to when you are not working.  It could be family, a hobby, traveling, or faith.  It is important to remember the dedication and commitment to work as only a piece of the pie and balance it with passions outside of work. If you travel for work – or don’t work in an office — having a something like that in your vehicle can push you even further.

Another way is to find a way to remember your real-life idols, mentors, friends, co-workers, etc. that have passed on and focus on what they left behind for you.  Honoring those individuals that shaped your career path or choices through tokens, pictures, or symbols will provide continual positive reminders.   

Sometimes it is a good quote (or two) that can help you take that extra step during the work day. Here are just a couple of many “motivational quotes” that can make a difference:

  • “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
  • “Be the light that others can come to with their ideas, visions, and dreams. Never doubt that blending your talents with those of others can change the world.” 

In addition to that, one way to motivate one’s self is set goals or make a list and put it in a place you always see. As you begin to cross things off that list, the small sense of accomplishment can push you to work harder and accomplish even more!

Your work environment helps others understand who you are and what is important to you.  It also reminds you every day of how to be the best person you can be.  What does your work environment communicate to others?  How can you design it to maximize your motivations to be the best person you can be?  Ask yourself these questions and work towards a better you.