Staying Motivated

Are you feeling demotivated? Is your performance at work already affected because there are a lot of things going on in your mind? Sometimes all we have to do is pause for a while, and reflect.

Here are some inspiring thoughts to keep you motivated. Dr. Joane Serrano, Director of the Information Office and the Multimedia Center at #UPOpenUniversity shared her personal habits and experiences during UPOU’s flag ceremony on Monday, 08 January. Hope this could also help you start the week off right!1-Relax

I stand up, leave my desk or whatever it is that I’m doing and I take a deep breath. Inhale-exhale… and then I visualize myself to be in a quiet and calm place. I do this for about 5 minutes. If there is a place where I can walk and just be by myself, then I do this. I call this place, Joane’s veranda… In that 5 minutes, I just fill myself with gratitude. I give thanks for all the blessings and good things that happened in my life. I express my gratitude for the air that I breathe, for the food, for my clothes, for my work, for my family and friends, for my boss and my colleagues, for the people who inspire me. I practice this every morning when I wake up—just giving thanks for all the wonderful things around me.

2-Set goals

I begin with the end in mind.  Every year, I set aside a few days to set my goals for the year. I review my past goals and try to see which goals I need to prioritize this year. I believe that when I write down my goals, I’m making them happen. When I set my goals, I don’t just write them down in vague wordings. I am very specific in what I want to accomplish for that year. And then I write down the strategies how to accomplish them. I also have this notebook which serves as my vision board. It contains pictures of what motivates me. And then I break down the goals into manageable and small tasks.

3-Be proactive

When I say I am proactive, I take responsibility of my own life. I don’t blame others; not my conditions or the circumstances. I choose my behavior. I focus on the things that I can control—my circle of influence or the concerns wherein I have real control or influence over. Rather than spending time, energy, resources and things I have no control over, I focus on the things that really matter to me. I find alternative solutions for the problems I encounter.

4-Read books

Read motivational books (or whatever motivates you—it can be a movie, TV shows, or music) as long as you feed your mind with stories that motivate you. It can also be a pep talk. Instead of spending your time stalking people in Facebook and then feel jealous or envious in whatever they post there, you can read stories that are motivational and inspiring.

5-Reward yourself

I make it a point that whenever I accomplish my set goals, I reward myself. Reward need not be expensive. It can be as simple as watching movies that I like, buying small stuffy that makes me happy, eating out, going out with friends, etc. By rewarding myself, I keep myself motivated to just continue on with my personal and professional goals.


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  1. Thank you very much for this article, Dr Serrano! I enjoyed reading it. I am sure I have read similar articles in the past abot staying motivated but this time has revealed to me one thing: I read but I don’t follow it with ACTION! Like setting goals that are doable, I hope this year I will be able to really do it! Thank you again, Dr Serrano! God bless.

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing! Something really demotivated me that I made me forgot what my goals are.Thanks for inspiring!

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