I Just Don’t Have The Motivation To Go On…
Well, that’s not my statement at all. It’s something often heard or read from people, regardless of what they’re doing – or not doing anymore – with their life. And yes, I’ve encountered online workers who whine about how their jobs aren’t making them as happy and excited as when they first started.
Too bad. Because there’s always a choice to make things different and better. It’s all about staying motivated. So I’m sharing my pointers below. They’re not really ‘secrets’ as the ideas would be found in self-help and career websites. It was a challenge to write something specific for this industry just so I could share insights to VAs, online writers and freelancing techies. In particular, I’d love to know that newbies would learn from this.
Again, most of the ideas are based on my personal experience. Gee, why do I get the feeling I’m so old? Well, maybe it’s the years I’ve had working as a virtual assistant-cum-writer-cum-VA trainer. But really, having survived the industry for close to eight years, I’d say motivation got me happily stuck on my goals. It’s what keeps me wanting to improve, remain curious and enjoy relationships with people I’ve come across online.
Is Staying Motivated Important?
Often we read or hear about how motivation is our vehicle as we go on the road trip to success. Staying motivated is critical for online service providers to survive the industry. It is actually what keeps them growing as workers and as persons. Indeed, any OSP must know how to find daily stimulation at work, and stay motivated to achieve the desired long term goals.
But let’s face it. There really are jobs that aren’t as interesting, and there are clients who just don’t pose the challenge for workers to become better. Thus, survival for OSPs means going beyond the current job and its required tasks. To stay motivated, the online worker must have the desire to stay motivated. With such attitude, one can expect to be better at what he/she does, excel at a new skill or job category and become fit for the stringent competition among OSPs.
Finally, The Secrets…
1. Revisit your vision. When you stop seeing your goal, it follows you’d lack motivation. Think about just being lost in a jungle, uncertain if you want to stay and survive, or maybe you’d just want to get out and find a friendlier place. You have to regain that vision of yourself when you first started. When you do, you’ll decide whether you want to stay or go.
2. Remind yourself why you’re here. If you go back to your main goal of undertaking online jobs, you’re likely to want to do more. But still, it’s important to know if you still want that goal. There’s no point staying on if you’re not happy anymore, that’s a fact. On the other hand, if you’re jolted with the reason/s why you opt to do online jobs, you’ll have a clearer space to think what to do next.
3. Reassess yourself. Surprisingly, the most successful OSPs I know didn’t start out as excellent workers. Instead, they came to points where they realized they have much to know. They also decided to maximize their skills and abilities. You can do the same as you reassess yourself. Identify areas where you excel and fields where you need to double-time in learning. Then do something positive about it.
4. Restore the energy of a newbie. Well, I wouldn’t say this is easy. After all, you’re already down and lost. But if you discover a certain skill or know you have to acquire a new technical experience, don’t you want to keep going and going? That’s how you started, right? There was no stopping you from working when you started. As a newbie, you were eager to impress your client and excited to get work done. Well, be a newbie as you learn something new! Be an energetic newbie at heightening your merits as a worker!
5. Reinvent and repackage. If you’ve acquired a new skill, it means you’re not just another virtual assistant or web designer! So update your portfolio and include the new stuff you offer. Indicate that you are experienced with the tools or skills required. Mention that you offer more than what’s expected of any VA or web designer. That will make you an interesting choice.
6. Relate to others better. Go around communities and make friends. There’s probably a few thousand of VAs in your area, more so in your country. From them, you can learn new stuff of the trade, like tools, software, products and industry organizations. You’ll rake pointers on where to get better gigs and more wisdom on being productive as an online worker.
Hmm. I hope I didn’t miss anything important. But as I reach this point, that’s all I’ve repeatedly done to stay motivated as an online worker. There really are bad days, to be honest. But whenever the point of “OK, I give up” and that period of “Oh, this is so boring!” would hit me, I’d always follow the process above. That would mean a cup of coffee on a lazy afternoon, revisiting my very goal of why I chose to be a virtual assistant. Give it a day or two, I’m back on my feet, rejuvenated at doing a new thing or two.
My mantra to stay motivated would be: “With open eyes, keep your dream alive. Believe there’s always something you can do to make things better.” Without much more to say now, I hope other online workers would always keep the faith and keep themselves active as well.
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