Mindset Matters: Staying Motivated and Keeping Your Self-Esteem in Check

There’s no denying that being in the right mindset is one of the most important things when you are new to the workforce. Employers have a tendency to hire people that they believe have the motivation and positive attitude that will benefit the business by working hard and reaching targets. If you have a negative attitude, low self-esteem and little motivation, you will find yourself struggling in the workplace with the internal barriers and limitations you have set against yourself.

Here, we outline how staying motivated and keeping your self-esteem in check will help you on your career path and in life.

Set Your SMART Goals

Once you’ve taken the time to set (and write down) your SMART goals, it’s time to turn those plans into action. But how do you get and stay motivated to achieve those goals in your new job?

Arming yourself with some good old-fashioned optimism and a positive attitude will do wonders to keep you motivated and in the right mindset.

People who are optimistic tend to have a good attitude and people with good attitudes generally:

  • L – look for opportunities
  • A – always look after themselves
  • U – use their skills to continue developing, learning and improving
  • G – go the extra mile/put in extra effort
  • H – hold themselves responsible for their successes and failures
  • S – Set goals giving themselves a sense of direction and purpose

The more you LAUGH, the more good habits you form.

By remaining optimistic and remembering to apply the LAUGHS attributes to all that you do, you’ll keep on track with your motivation. The best thing is that the more you apply the LAUGHS attributes, the easier and more natural they become in your daily life.

Attitude is Everything

It’s important to remember that employers look for an employee with the right attitude. The more you keep optimistic and LAUGH-ing in your daily activities, your positive attitude will shine through – something that your team members and employers will embrace and appreciate.

The esteem in which we hold ourselves is the single most important factor in determining our success and happiness. Simply put, you get what you think you deserve. If you know that you deserve success, that is precisely how you will think and act.

Here are some methods you can use – beginning today – to help you raise your self-esteem:

  • Say to yourself each day that you, and only you, determine your self-worth. Don’t ever judge yourself based on the opinions of others. Learn to welcome failure. High self-esteem comes from the belief that all obstacles are lessons rather than proof of your incompetence as a person. Remember, you are not a failure as a person simply because you failed at something: failing and learning is the key aspect to growing as a person and an employee.
  • Stop the negative self-talk. No more telling yourself “I’ll probably look stupid” and “I can’t do it”. Correct yourself mid-sentence if you catch yourself saying negative statements.
  • Take small risks each day and praise yourself for doing so, regardless of the outcome. Simply remind yourself how terrific you are for taking the risk.
  • Be more assertive and stop asking permission. As an adult asking permission means giving responsibility and control to someone else over you. It’s difficult to hold yourself in high esteem when there is no self-esteem.
  • Reduce your emphasis on material things as a measure of success. If your self-esteem is based on what you have, then you will always suffer from the disease called “more”. Your esteem as a person is a matter of attitudes, not accumulations and until you really understand this, you will always lack self-esteem.
  • Keep in mind each and every day, there are no ordinary moments. Every experience of your life should be enjoyed. When you learn to think in this way, you will never doubt your own worth because you will see fully that you yourself are extraordinary, this will allow you to be a valued team member and employee.
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