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Motivation is powerful in Hotels. Sometimes it is easy to get motivated and you find yourself excited during your shift. Other times, it is nearly impossible to figure out how to motivate yourself and you’re trapped in a shift of misery, not knowing what to do from beginning to end?
Whether you’re trying to figure out how to motivate yourself or how to motivate a team, this page should cover something you need to know.
Firstly, What is Motivation? Scientists define motivation as your general willingness to do something. It is the set of forces that compel you to take action.
But What is Motivation, exactly? At some point, it is easier to change than to stay the same. It is easier to take action during your shift than to sit still and experience self-loathing in your department or office.
This, I think, is the essence of motivation? Every choice has a price, but when we are motivated, it is easier to bear the inconvenience of action than the pain of remaining the same? Some-how we cross a mental threshold? It becomes more painful to not do the work than to actually do it?
You don’t need much motivation once you’ve started a behaviour. Nearly all of the friction in a task is at the beginning. After you start, progress occurs more naturally. In other words, it is often easier to finish a task than it was to start it in the first place. Thus, one of the keys to getting motivated is to make it easy to start?
Many people struggle to find the motivation they need to achieve the goals they want because they are wasting too much time and energy on other parts of the process. If you want to make it easy to find motivation and get started, then it helps to automate the early stages of your behaviour.
Setting a schedule for yourself seems simple, but it makes it more likely that you will follow through regardless of your motivation levels.
I begin each day of my life with a ritual; I wake up at 6:00 A.M., have a shower and a shave, get dressed, eat my poached egg on toast and watch the news on television. I turn on the Computer at 7.30 a.m. and deal with what is there on Social Media, email and start writing for the day. At 11.00 a.m. I walk outside my Suffolk home, and go and buy my groceries for the day – I come back within 30 minutes and have my strong quadruple Americano and enjoy it. I post my daily work online and eat my porridge and bananas, and then get back online for another few hours. At 14.30 I finish work for the day and go for a walk in the park and meet my friends or family. The ritual is not stretching; but it is a ritual. The moment I start to cook my dinner I have completed the ritual for the day.
It’s a simple act, but doing it the same way each morning made it into a Habit — made it repeatable, easy to do. It reduces the chance that I would skip it or do it differently. It is one less thing to think about.
The key to any good ritual is that it removes the need to make a decision: What should I do first? When should I do this? How should I do this? Most people never get moving because they can’t decide how to get started. You want starting a behaviour to be easy and automatic.
Remember that the most important part of any task is starting and remember that having some routines should get you moving towards your end goals. And maintain perspective. Your life is good and your discomfort is temporary. Step into any moment of discomfort and let it strengthen you.
Author: Stephen Sawyers