Do you feel as if you are struggling to stay motivated in this current climate?

Have you lost your sparkle and enthusiasm for what you do?

If so, here are five things you can do today:

1. Get fit – and stay fit!

Find some time each day to take some form of aerobic exercise – a brisk walk, a swim or cycle ride. Build this into your daily routine as you will need plenty of energy to stay motivated. Eat healthily and make sure you make time for proper meals, especially at work. Take time away from your desk at lunchtime, even if it’s only half an hour; you will be more productive and thus more motivated when you return to your desk.

2. Remind yourself of your goals:

Ensure you have clearly stated written goals and action plans with deadlines. Each day make sure you are doing something to move you towards where you want to be. Remind yourself constantly of these goals. Develop a strong desire to attain those goals. Your subconscious mind will steer your daily activities and action towards attaining these goals. If you know what you want and want it strongly enough, then you will easily identify opportunities which will enable you to achieve your key objectives.

3. Do activities that you enjoy:

Find some activities that give you real pleasure. Do things that excite you and allow your talents to shine. This makes you feel good about yourself and promotes positive emotions. When you enjoy what you do, you tend to excel and succeed easily. And with each success, your self-esteem grows and motivates you to greater heights. You will enjoy even more of that particular activity. Suddenly, you feel that success comes

4. Build a motivational base

Read or listen to motivational material daily. Go to the nearest library or bookstore and find yourself some inspirational material. A well-written book that offers sound advice is more motivating than reading about the latest most horrific stories or market declines. Alternatively, forget reading if you have no time. Use audio. Audio is really great to listen to because you can also be doing something else while you are listening to it. Just spend half hour everyday listening to motivational tapes or CD’s in your car or while working out at the gym.

5. Give yourself a performance review:

Give yourself a performance review. Reflect on your growth and performance, whether through a formal process or on an ad hoc basis. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and what you should focus on in the coming year. And then be prepared to take action! All the motivation in the world will not help unless you actually get up and DO SOMETHING!

By regularly reviewing your actions against your goals you will gain a proper perspective on the progress you are making which will increase your motivation.