Our giving nature makes us great caregivers. All we do is give give give! We give our patients our time, our energy, our attention, our love, our gentle care, the list could go on and on. You are an amazing person to do the kind of work that you do. Let me show you how to keep that drive for quality care in your mind:
1. Clarify your goals
Nothing is more unmotivating than working haphazardly without having a clear vision, mission and set of objectives for your work. Without a clear vision and knowledge of how your work impacts the big picture you may well end up spending a lot of time on urgent unimportant matters rather than tasks that positively impact the big picture. It is remarkable what you will achieve once you have honed in on your precise goals and can focus on them and visualize yourself achieving them.
2. Keep Things in Perspective
It is important to keep things in perspective and always remind yourself of why you work. Beside the pay, it is often about realizing your potential, feeling alive and useful, feeling connected, making a difference in the world, expressing creativity, expanding your skills and abilities, helping others and contributing to the community.
3. Maintain a healthy work/ life balance
It is very easy to lose yourself at work and forget what awaits you outside of the work arena. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential both for your general motivation level and your overall wellbeing. Make sure you take the time to do the things you like to do outside of work whether it be connecting with friends and family, exercising, reading, shopping or other hobbies and activities that channel your creativity energy.
4. Think positive
Negativity is a contagious affliction that drains you of energy, slows you down, saps your enthusiasm and blinds you to the reasons you work. Avoid negative feelings at all costs and concentrate on the positive. To do this, listen to motivational tapes, watch our motivational Monday Mojo for Caregivers videos, sing music that particularly inspires you, read motivational books, talk to inspiring people, surround yourself with positive stimuli and concentrate on the reasons you work.
Caregivers, remind yourself every evening of all the good stuff you got done. Just take 2 minutes before you go to sleep and list your achievements of the day, however minor. You’ll be surprised how many you come up with. When you get into the habit of doing this every evening your sense of achievement will escalate rapidly, your self image will improve and your drive and motivation to do well the next day will be powerful. It’s important to realize that motivation doesn’t just happen. You need to work at it.
For more information, feel free to call us at (561) 588-4545. Thank you for watching today’s Monday Mojo and we’ll see you again next week.