Thank you for supporting and being my 1,298 followers. This year and the year before has been a tough ride for all of us and our friends and family. Some of my audiences lost their jobs. A lot of them had been planning for a certain growth in their career path. Some of them lost their work life balance due to work from home. Not to mention, there has been a lack of extrinsic motivation.
This change in our daily routine has caused major shift in their long term and short term goals. I cannot even imagine what post pandemic work setting would look like and how everyone will adapt to it.
Job seekers are having to create new job search goals. Unfortunately, some have forgotten how if feels to be in a job interview. It has been a roller coaster setting goals and staying motivated. Finding a job is a task in itself these days.
Time management has been a challenge for some. I personally feel lack of motivation at times and it has been due to lack of work life balance from work from home. Most of my time spent is on mundane tasks at work that requires completion as soon as possible.
This will be a candid post about how I keep motivated. I will also share tips of how you can do the same.
I was reading an article which said that we spend half of our life figuring out that our lives are a DYI project. I think it is very true. I think I speak for most of my followers when I say that our parents have always taught us to follow a pattern to get to our end goal. Now many research show that this might not be the case.
The narrative from our parents was always: go to school, become a doctor or an engineer or just graduate to get a job. Achieving any degree will land us our dream job and we will work our way up the American dream ladder. Now when you look back, how true was this?
There are a lot of obstacles in the way that our parents fail to teach us. No fault of their own, this due to their own lack of knowledge. In addition, school choose not to teach you all this. I wrote an article earlier explaining the poverty cycle, Poor Are Stuck in the Poverty System
The later half of the millennials and Gen Z’s are now realizing the old strategy of following a pattern to success is actually a scam. Following a pattern traps you in the never-ending cycle of student loans, mortgage, and debt. Funny fact, people you show off to do not care at the end of the day. They have their own personal and financial responsibilities to worry about.
Gen Z’s grew up in the social media era where career coaches and subject matter gurus are taking social media to share their knowledge and success. This has been their tool to stay focused and motivated.
In 2021, I would like all my readers to make a shift and use this period of time to take risks and believe in intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation, isn’t dependent on intensified gains. This is a mindset to develop your skill set without expectation which will help you on your long term growth.
Your focus should be annual growth. If you spent time on yourself by taking online courses on (e.g. public speaking), you will see a rise in your growth rate. You can also use creative commons attribution sharealike free licenses to share your work and see how others repurpose it.
Does not have to be widely aggressive. I am not saying, go by $20,000 of Bitcoin, which may not turn out to be a bad idea since they are predicting the coin reaching 100K in the future (do it by dollar cost averaging). But, I do expect you to start small and learn the basics.
However, I want you to keep motivated. Keep up with trends and stay educated on new skills. You should always be the product owner of some of the subject matters you are interested in. That is a vague sentence, so I will try to break it down.
Let us say you are a digital artist; then you need to know different skills associated with it. You do not have to be a subject matter expert on the different types of digital art practices other than what you already excel on but, if a client or an interested party were to ask about differentiation, you should be able to describe one or two lines on that subject.
In simple words, I need you all to expand your learnings and bring growth into what you already know.
Seek out Mentorship:
Mentorship 2021 is the goal. In order to develop in 2021, you need to seek out a good mentor in the subject you want to excel in. There are various platform and mentor programs that will find you mentor matches. You do not want a sounding board for a mentor. You need to seek out a potential mentor who values the mentor and mentees relationship.
Mentorship can be costly in the United States or Canada, unless the company you work for offers a mentorship program. Please do not hesitate and get into that program!
If you are seeking mentorship in business then you can always reach out to me. I have a considerable amount of both mentor and business experience and would gladly focus on making your success of your business.
In addition, I always share new tips and trends to keep your businesses up to date: How to Improve my SEO on Google Without Paying for my Blog?. You can easily follow, and bookmark my blog as a your personal business mentor. I am currently working with many small businesses to help them with their brand strategy.
On my daily 9-5, I often have time to myself to focus on mundane tasks which I can multi task through. During that time, I put on different podcasts on subjects that interest me the most and I want to grow on, for example, money, branding, and data science.
Podcasts are amazing way to gain mentorship. It helps you learn new trending materials and learn from other people’s mistakes. Best part is that it’s completely free on Spotify and you will not require a subscription.
Keep up with trends:
Many of my audiences and friends have said, they try not to get on TikTok because of productivity. I have always been very curious on current trends and what is coming next and let me tell you, no place like TikTok to learn about that. TikTok has an educational feature (the light bulb on the top left corner).
Once you click on it and watch a few videos of your interest, the algorithm will pull up similar videos to the ones you watched in full. For example, my TikTok barely shows me teenagers dancing. My “For you page” is full of small business owners, bitcoin, current news, branding, coding, and investment strategy.
I also wake up every day and go on https://trends.google.com/trends/ and put in the year to see what is trending each day. This helps you see what people are talking about by country or all around the world.
Read relevant blogs:
I am happy you are here and find my blogs relevant: Meditation and Manifestation For 2021. I would also suggest reading on blogs on the subject you really are passionate about. I like learning about data, consumer behaviour, marketing, and branding, basically where this and the next generation is going with their interest.
That is why I always go to Shopify to read their blogs and let me tell you, it is one of the best places to learn how to grow your business. Here is a statistics Shopify shared on their blog, 53% of women are using their platforms and most of them still face bias towards receiving a business loan.
You can share your thoughts on how your 2021 motivation journey is going. I would like to add, my blog is part of my intrinsic goal journey. I would like to grow by sharing my growth with you all and I hope they are helping you with your journey.