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Check Your Gauges

November 25, 2014

When the work seems endless, and the papers pile up, establish some benchmarks for success; your brain will thank you. Motivation is a large part of developing your emotional intelligence. Setting goals is great; creating action items to support those goals is better; holding yourself accountable is marvelous; and evaluating your own performance is the key.

What are you doing to maintain motivation as the holidays creep closer? This is the time of year when people discuss running out of time. Maintaining success means spending time on the important, mission critical tasks while planning time for evaluating and improving your processes. It is important to check your self-awareness and be strategic about the enormous amounts of energy that will be soaked up by the holiday season such as shopping, entertaining, and budgeting both your time and money. All of these outside forces will work together to pull you away from doing your job, or doing it well. To maintain the right level of achievement, keep a temperature check on your emotional intelligence with a focus on self-awareness, self-regulation, and motivation.

As the workload increases, create some specific action items to build in the feeling of accomplishment. Accomplishments feed the brain with the right chemical balance to create endorphins. We can all relate to the endless emails, paperwork, and meetings which drain the life out of our motivation. During this crazy season, remember your brain needs to feel successful to keep you motivated and on track.

You may find yourself asking, “What is this all for?” This is the question we ask when we are running on empty. Renew your sense of purpose and value by filling your tank. (I often joke that we take better care of our cell phones than we do our own brains.) Create awareness by checking your gauges. What are your levels of tolerance, energy, and accomplishment? Take charge, list your tasks as actionable items, and build in opportunities to nurture your brain so that it is open to the chemical balance needed for optimum performance.

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  1. Patricia Hovis permalink
    November 25, 2014 3:28 pm

    Great motivational article Dr. Godwin; just what I needed, thanks!

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