Many of us today suffer from lack of motivation and a cloudy sense of the future. We are often less focused than we should be. We can feel under constant pressure, feel undervalued and feel that life is a constant struggle to meet targets and time lines. However, it’s important to know you are not alone, we all face obstacles in life, but it is how you deal with those obstacles that defines you and determines how successful you are in life.
Improved focus and effectiveness comes with knowing and playing to your strengths. Focus brings clarity and drives the will to succeed. There is truth in the old adage ‘Where there is a will there is a way’.
Even with an improved sense of direction, there will always be multiple tasks looking for your attention. For example, modern technology, tools that are there to make us more efficient and in control, have lead us to being slaves to technology. They can play on our anxieties and insecurities and leave us much more bound to work than we used to be. It is imperative to set boundaries to ensure we’re not ‘always on’.
So how do we cope? The following are some useful tips that I have used to help take some level of control and in a positive way, drive on a continuous basis to keep a perspective on things.
These are not in any way life changing but are there to help rebalance our minds as we try to cope in “This Crazy world”. My mantra in life is;
The real tragedy in life is not in how much we suffer, but rather in how much we miss. So my advice is “don’t miss a thing“. Get positive results from positive thinking and taking positive action.
Rather than wait for good things to happen, get out there and make them happen. You may not always achieve your objective, but you will experience a richer and more rewarding life when you are committed to pursuing your own objectives.
Invest in yourself so that you can manage yourself effectively, regardless of what life might bring your way.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going” – Jim Ryun
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek” – Mario Andretti
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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