Monthly Archives: November 2014

Find a Work-Life Balance that Makes You Happy

When you work hard and non-stop you risk feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. This happens to a lot of people who are not able to create a good work-life balance. It can be a struggle trying to handle your work life and your personal life while still meeting the demands of your workplace. The fear of being cut back or laid off is more prevalent today so employees are trying to put in more hours than they would normally to retain their jobs. This includes using smartphones to be in constant touch with their workplace even when they are not there physically. Such a work-life balance disrupts any social and/or family time that was planned. You can use a 3-step strategy for work-life balance that will have you contributing at work while still being able to enjoy your life.

 

Work Life Balance with Motivation

 

Schedule Downtime for Yourself 

A great way to build work-life balance is to schedule downtime for yourself. When you get ready to plan a work week, schedule time that is devoted to your friends and family. You can also plan for activities that help you relax and recharge. The point is to schedule some time with others so you have something positive to look forward to.

 

Save Time and Energy

Saving time and energy may seem like a no-brainer. However, it is really important. You may not even realize you are wasting time until you look at your daily activities and honestly consider if you are wasting your time or not. For example, while at work steer clear of colleagues that drain your time gossiping and venting. Chances are you can get more work done and leave on time instead of working later. Review your activities and drop the activities that do not enhance your personal life or career.

 

Get Moving to Find More Energy

Exercise is one of the best ways to find more energy while you keep moving. It is imperative to find time to take care of yourself. When you exercise you are boosting your energy levels and improving your concentration. Over the years research has proven that people remain more alert when they include exercise in their daily routine. Exercising can boost your entire day and ensures that you have a clear mind and healthier body. Make a little ‘me time’ by scheduling time to exercise at home or your local gym.

 

 

Doug Dvorak, Certified Speaking Professional can help you develop your own 3-step (or maybe yours will be a 5-step) strategy for work-life balance. Contact him to learn more about motivational services that can improve your life.

Learn the Different Types of Motivation to Help Keep Yourself & Your Team Ambitious and Successful

When it comes to motivation, many of us have it, but there are some of us that do not. Let’s explore exactly what motivation is. Motivation is a strength that induces us to take action on things that we want to succeed or accomplish. For every situation there is a different motivator that may cause us to take action and accomplish a goal or succeed in an endeavor.

different types of motivation

Generally, there are six types of motivation fit for six different situations that people experience, they are: Incentive, Fear, Achievement, Growth, Power and Social. Incentive motivation is a form of motivation in which you are seeking a reward. Fear motivation, is a type of motivation that is associated with consequences. Achievement is a type of motivation in which you become determined to be as competent as you can. Growth motivation deters you from becoming comfortable and being stagnant in life, but allows you to always look for ways to change internally and externally to better yourself and your situation. Power, is a type of motivation in which one desire to control more aspects of their own lives as well as other peoples lives. Finally, social motivation is a type of motivation that a person gains when they feel the need to be accepted by others, generally a specific group. Now that we know a little bit about the six types of motivation, let’s look at the key to keeping your team ambitious and successful.

Motivation is a key factor to being a successful salesmen or women and building a successful sales team. The motivations that most sales teams possess are incentive and achievement, but those motivations often disappear throughout ones career if a person is not reaching his or her goals. A salesperson needs something else. As the head of the sales department you want to find ways to keep your team engage, determined, ambitious and successful too. The key to keeping your team ambitious and successful, is to encourage them constantly and consistently; if you find that hard to do because some people are simply not motivated, setting up quarterly seminars and having a motivational speaker come and talk to them is a great first step to keeping them ambitious and successful. You can even hire a very funny keynote speaker that could “break the ice”, and encouraging your team in a very fun and entertaining way to meet daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly quotas. Providing incentives on top of this, whether it is compensation, time off or another award, will give a boost to each individual’s efforts that are motivated by incentives. The professional motivational speaker hired to stimulate your sales force will also increase their self-esteem, social recognition, and overall the individuals potential as a whole.

Most people that are in management positions are seeking the motivations of growth, power, and social recognition. As managers, in order to obtain growth, power, and social recognition, you must first possess the motivation to encourage your employees. Your employees will be your ticket to growing higher within the company, giving you the sensation of controlling a specific team within the company, and even giving you that social recognition that you are striving to obtain amongst your peers. Another key to success as a manager is to make sure that the employees are being treated fairly and equally. By doing this, you and your team will remain ambitious and successful, because your team will be comfortable and will be consistently looking for more incentives once they have experienced their first incentives (most likely a big juicy commission check).

As leaders, the motivation that you are seeking is primarily social. How you as a leader are perceived in the eyes of the public will be a reflection of how your employees perceive you in the work place. As a leader, the key to keeping your team ambitious and successful will be to be a leader with integrity, this will automatically motivate your team because they will get that sense of belonging, trust, and pride while working with your organization. Another key to building a ambitious and successful team is to make sure you are an excellent communicator, and especially a great listener. With good communication skills you will possess the motivational power to influence others. By showing your organization that you care, whether it’s through a mentorship program, encouraging them, or allowing them to be a partner in the organization, your organization/company will not fall short of success.

 

Learn more about the art and science of motivation with Professional Motivational Speaker and Trainer Doug Dvorak, Certified Speaking Professional.

Strengthen Your Inner Motivation

Strengthen Your Motivation to Increase Your Inner Power

Motivation is the power inside a person that pushes them to take positive action toward achievement. The amount of ambition and desire you have power your motivation. If you do not have any ambition or desire to do something, you will have no motivation. Those that lack motivation do not have to suffer, however. You can build motivation from within and strengthen it. IM WHO IM, IM = MOTIVATION, is a phrase that makes a lot of sense when applied to your daily life and or business. You are who you are depending on your inner motivation.

Inner Motivation

Inner Motivation Provides Direction and Initiative

 Your inner motivation is what helps you achieve goals. When you have a vision, your inner motivation can become strong so you have a mental image of your goals and what you would like to achieve. A strong desire can manifest which awakens your inner strength. Your inner strength is what pushes you forth with the power to envision your goals as a reality. Inner motivation can be applied to many different things in your life that range from business goals to personal goals. When inner motivation is present you can accomplish things in which you have only dreamt. What happens if you have a tiny bit of inner motivation but not enough to accomplish what you desire? You find ways to strengthen your inner motivation so you can tackle your goals with clear vision, knowledge, an intense desire and the faith to see your goals through to the end.

 

Strengthen Your Inner Motivation

Some goals can seem to be too large. If this is the case you can strengthen your inner motivation by splitting your goal into smaller goals that are easier to reach. When you make smaller goals you are more capable of feeling positive about reaching them. It makes your goal easier to achieve and more realistic. Create good habits by finishing what you start. The smaller goals you set and finish, the better your chances are of finishing them and creating positive outcomes in your life. Find people that have some of the same interests as you and let them influence you in a positive manner. This will also help to strengthen your inner motivation. Remain patient, persistent, and faithful despite any difficulties or failures. Understand that you can accomplish what you set your mind to when you affirm positive actions within yourself. Visualize and affirm your goals with a successful outcome. When you live it and believe it, you have a better chance of achieving it.

 

 

Doug Dvorak CSP, can assist you in developing the inner motivation you need to succeed in your personal life and business with successful phrases such as IM WHO IM, IM = INNER MOTIVATION. Contact him today to learn more about his motivational seminars, classes and material.

Worry Never Works – Take Action

Worry Cartoon Face

Think about why you worry. Not the actual reason for worrying, but the underlying reason for ever worrying about anything. The reason is because it gives you time to think. Time to think about not doing something, time to think about changing the way you do something, and time to think about taking action! However, it doesn’t actually allow you or provide you with the tools to take action. Usually, we worry so long we become exhausted and lose control, preventing us from taking action.

 

Completely dismiss the worrying part and move into action. The worry is just nerves reacting to something your mind doesn’t agree with creating noise in your mind to prevent immediate action from being taken. Next time you worry about something, try to ask yourself, “What good can come of this worrying?”

 

Maybe you are worrying about money or a relationship. Stop and introduce the question above. See how many times you find yourself asking this question and you will notice how much you are worrying. Next, every time you find yourself asking this question, ask yourself what is the next thing that can be done to you’re your worrying by solving the problem. Take action!

 

The more you employ this type of thinking, the more you will realize that the worry never works. Worrying never solves any problems and often causes unwanted and unhealthy stress. Eliminate the worry from your life and take action, you will find a great deal of pleasure knowing how much control you have over your mind and the situations that arise in your life on a daily and weekly basis.

 

Professional Motivational Speaker, Trainer & Mentor,  Doug Dvorak.

 

P.S. – Most things we worry about never actually happen. :)

How to Let Go of Frustrations So You Can Achieve Your Goals

One of the main reasons people do not reach goals that they set for themselves are frustrations. Becoming frustrated can let negative emotions take over and sabotage a positive outcome. Being able to reach a goal is much like going on a journey. When you first start the journey you are positive, full of energy and ready to tackle anything that gets in your way. That is until you meet your first challenge. It may not even be the first challenge that makes you frustrated enough to quit, either. What you need to focus on is how to overcome the frustration barrier and achieve your goals. The best thing you can do is to prepare yourself for challenges along the way since life is unpredictable.

Overcome Frustration

Tips to Overcome Frustration Barriers

 

  1. Take a moment and reflect. Life is always going to be challenging on some level. When you become frustrated take the time to reflect and step back from the situation. Look at it from the perspective of an outsider. People tend to become emotionally invested in certain situations and it is very hard to clarify thoughts. Take the time to look at the broader view to find answers to your frustrations.

 

  1. Choose a different path. When you step back and look at the bigger picture, there is always an opportunity to find a different path. Do not be afraid to take a new path and see what happens. More often than not you will find that you are in a better position than you expected.

 

  1. Search for the good in things. People that understand this tip and use it, tend to lead a less stressful life. Difficult challenges can have a silver lining. It is up to you to change your way of thinking in order to find them. When you find a glimmer of hope in a bad situation, turn your attention to hope and begin thinking positively.

 

  1. Look for solutions and act on them. A challenge is an opportunity in disguise. You can find solutions within them when you look for them. The point is to find a solution and act on it immediately. Not only will this help you get back on track, it will also help you achieve goals and break through your frustration barrier.

 

  1. Remain positive and flexible. Mistakes are inevitable in life. This goes double for your goals. Give yourself time and the room to make mistakes. Reaching goals can take quite a bit of time. Do not beat yourself up about the amount of time it takes to reach your goals either. When you remain flexible, you are allowing yourself to make mistakes, have ample time to reach your goals, and to turn a positive attitude toward your frustration barrier.

 

When you are trying to break through a frustration barrier, be sure to ask Doug Dvorak CSP, for help. He can teach you how to overcome the frustration barrier and achieve your goals whether they are personal or involve your business.