What to do when you lose your motivation in the workplace

The first thought that strikes most of us at the thought of any work is how perilous it is and how we wish that we could just quit it. Remember the good old times when you first started your job, that feeling in the stomach, and the nervousness?

The attitude and motivation that surged within you at that time was unbeatable. You would quip yourself to stand ahead in the line to be the first to do anything and everything. All you wanted at that time was to be in the good books of your seniors and make a name for yourself.

Surely, not more than one per cent of us feel the same, one year into the same job, for which we interviewed with all keen interest one day. Have you ever stopped to wonder why is that the case? Why is it that a job role that once excited you beyond imagination and thrilled you to the very core, eventually turns into a monotonous activity that you have to indulge in, simply for the sake of earning the bucks? Why do you start to lose motivation in the workplace?

Advancing in the career comes with a lot of hard work and an attitude that cannot be found in many. The same attitude might convey to your seniors that you are here to make a difference in the organization and that you actually care about the good and bad of your organization. Your attitude and initiative towards the activities happening in the organization directly displays your willingness to lead the organization towards success.

However, what happens between the very first day of your work and a year later is a story which makes the whole difference and brings us to this topic.

Over time, people tend to get comfortable at a place where they are and they start taking things for granted. People tend to float along with the pace of work in your organization and rather than taking the initiative, their approach turns to dealing with what comes their way.

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At the same time, most of us still continue to dream big and wish to stand apart from the rest but the motivation to do so starts fading. Let us discuss some tell tale signs which sing the story of a person who has lost his spark at his work place.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Sure Shot Signs That You Are Losing Motivation
Why people lose their motivation at work
What to do when your current job role does not motivate you any longer?
Final Thoughts
Sure Shot Signs That You Are Losing Motivation
Take a clear look at these signs and try to identify if you fall in any one of them. If yes, it might be time for you to boost yourself and charge ahead with better initiative at the workplace.

1. No ideas come from you
No matter how less you think of yourself, you know it very well how you used to come up with ideas when the situation demanded, how you used to relay your alternatives to your superiors in the hopes of being noticed and falling straight in their good books.

One year later in the same job, if you feel that you have lost that zeal and going with the flow feels better, then it’s time for you to accept that you have lost the motivation at your work place. This could be because your ideas were not accepted earlier or that you had to face a lot of resistance after giving your idea, which might make you feel as though it is an unnecessary step which will take you through a lot of trouble.

It is common to get such thoughts but what is more important to understand is the fact that if you stop taking such initiatives, not only are you going to put yourself behind among your fellow peers but you are also going to run out of job satisfaction while you watch others move ahead with their ideas.

At times, it might be completely satisfying to watch yourself going freely with the work flow but in the long run, accept it that it will hurt your sentiment to watch others do what you used to do at a time.

 

2. Staying mum even when you disagree
Fresh at your job, it is quite common to feel like you want yourself to be heard and step ahead in the ranks by way of your opinions. Speaking up and voicing your opinion seems to be one way by which you can make yourself known in an organization.

However, sometimes, when your voice does not get heard, or gets drowned among a horde of other voices or else, faces rejection in the name of being negative or unworthy, you might feel as though your effort was for nothing. So it might often happen that even though you continue to voice your concerns and express your opinion about something, no one might actually take your voice for its face value and move ahead with the idea anyway.

A direct effect of this situation can manifest as an uncompetitive feeling within you, where you feel that it is quite unworthy to quip for improvement of an idea. Your attitude changes to let them do it if they want, what have I got to lose?

It is common to feel this way and might even sound justified but you know it, it doesn’t make any sense. If you won’t look out for the best interest of your team mates, then who will?

3. You are not updating yourself
Another sure shot way to identify your lack of interest in the workplace is when everyone around you is learning to stay updated but you are lagging behind.

You tend to avoid attending seminars, functions and conferences where important decisions are being made, or else, someone is brought upon to divulge certain knowledge. You tend to feel that these activities are worthless and not worth your time.

Again, this has to do with feeling too comfortable with your current job role. As long as you are able to get things done, you do not feel the need to update yourself with the latest happenings around you.

Without even realizing that you are putting yourself behind everyone else, this behavior continues unless something tells you that you need to move forward.

4. Lack of initiative
Fresh on the job, you used to take the first opportunity that could put you in the good books with the seniors and make you a known personality in the organization. You were always bubbling with ideas and jousting for attention whenever you could seek the chance.

Meeting deadlines was never a trouble for you because you were always ahead of them and came up with your work before time.

Having settled into the routine, you feel that it is no longer necessary to be as active as before and being comfortable is more important for you. The problem with this comfort is that you never realize when it turns into a lazy habit and before you even know it, you have completely adopted it as a way of how things should be done.

Now, things keep piling in front of you and you still take that as a given feature of your job role, basically being okay and comfortable with whatever keeps coming your way.

5. No motivation to advance in the career
With little control over what you are presently doing in your job, you lack direction about where you are headed and where you seek yourself in the coming one or so years.

You are completely letting the work flow guide your direction and tackling things only if they come your way. Other than that, there is no motivation on your part to try something new or to carve out new career opportunities on your own.

These are just few of the major events which are certainly indicating one thing: you have completely lost it in your workplace and you have let your comfort get the best of you.

Now, you are not as keen as you used to be before and things are best the way they are. So the question that springs up over here is, should you allow this behavior and attitude to breed within you, is it healthy for your career or do you really need to do something about it? Let us try to find out.

Why people lose their motivation at work
This does not need a lot of thinking or explanation. The reasons are quite obvious, if not staring you straight in the face. Take a look at the following events

Source: Lifehack

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