Motivation is something we wrestle with at one point or another. We have all been there, trust me, I’ve been there too. So, I want to give some of my best secrets to keep going and stay motivated.
To be an effective nurse or a leader, you have to find what drives you. Connect the meaning of the work you do with its impact on others, and get back to the basics of why you got into nursing and leadership. Remember the reasons why you came into nursing, why you wanted to be a nurse, and what it was that you wanted to gain from this.
Is it because you want to help people? You want to make a difference in someone else’s life, you want to make a change to somebody else’s life, you want to make somebody else’s life better because that makes you feel good inside?
Whatever your reason is for coming into this profession, just remind yourself of that and think about how far you’ve come, all the things you’ve achieved, and all the failures you’ve overcome. Take a moment to think about your “why.” Getting to the roots of your purpose can provide you with some intrinsic motivation.
Goals give you a sense of where you should go next and in what direction you should move. They can empower you when everything seems to be going wrong. When we focus on a goal, we’re less likely to get side-tracked by nonessential work. Think of it as a to-do list for life. Not everything might go according to your plan, but you will attain some sense of control.
Now, when it comes to motivating your staff members, goal setting also comes into play. Include staff members in the goal-setting process to stimulate their interest. Once your team’s goal is achieved, acknowledge and celebrate their hard work, and then increase the goal again. By creating internal satisfaction for your staff members throughout the process, you’re actually motivating them to achieve more.
Another way that helps me stay motivated is being exposed to new information. Aside from being a nurse mentor, I also enjoy networking or building professional connections, so I get to meet a lot of people even outside the nursing profession. There are many benefits to networking, including the receiving and sharing of ideas, learning about new opportunities, increasing business, getting advice from other professionals, surrounding yourself with other motivated people in the field, and even making new friends.
Another opportunity to expose yourself to new information is by attending a professional association meeting. If you’re trying to work on your social skills, attend a continuing-education offering or volunteer. Learning can increase your confidence.
Lastly, show some self-love. Because we are so busy caring for other people, our colleagues, and making sure everyone else’s health and well-being are taken care of, we forget about ourselves and we neglect ourselves so much. Practice self-care, treat yourself once in a while, and get that motivation back.