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    Shruti Sinha*, software engineer,thought it was end of the road for herwhen she was not selected for anoverseas assignment. "I wascompletely sidelined and to top it, twoof my team members were chosenover me. For the next few days, I wasat home, crying helplessly as if mywhole life was over. I was totallywithout any motivation in life anddidn't even want to go back to workanymore. I still feel lousy."

    Shruti just wallowed in misery anddidn't give it a second thought, but let'stake more a serious look. Was it all soterrible? Why did she assume hercareer was over or out of her control?Are any of our careers really out of ourcontrol? If so, in whose hands do thecontrols lie?

    Our bosses? Our circumstances? Orwe, ourselves? There are timeswhen you feel like you are on a roll,

    and nothing can get you down. And then there are times when itseems that the road to success is filled with nothing but bouldersand gaping potholes. It is on this rutted road that you need

    motivation the most.Social networking could land you your dream job

    Motivation comes from within. You might be inspired byachievements of others, but, to go far in life, you need to feelcharged and determined to achieve your goals.

    Try these tips on how to be self-motivated to get your work life back on track or to keep going top speed on your careerpath!

    1. Be confident. If you don't believe in yourself, why would anyone else? We all have something we are good at. Havefaith in yourself and try to work on your niche skills. Drive the fear of failure far away from you. Remember, what doesn't

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    kill you, only makes you stronger!

    2. Be clear. Fuzzy, undefined goals are difficult to focus on. How will you proceed when the path seems all foggy?Request your manager for defined, measurable objectives and tasks.

    If your manager is not very forthcoming, take some initiative and work with him until you have clarity about your roleand what you will be appraised on, at the end of the year. Self-motivated people work best with clearly definedobjectives in life. Even if the targets seem a lit tle hazy, house-bred motivation can come in real handy!

    3. Work on yourself. Nothing works better as a power shot of motivation than the knowledge that you are good at whatyou do! Be on top of things at work. Identify your weak areas and get them out of the way. Enroll in courses that willraise your market value and also your motivation levels. Getting a few certifications and qualifications in your functionalskills will definitely instill a great deal of confidence.

    4. Take criticism positively. Even though the other person has no such intentions, turn all negative criticism into apositive driving force. Failure is a state a mind. If you think you can succeed, you will. Always think positive. That way,instead of brooding over past disappointments, you will route your frustration into positive energy required for workingharder. It works like magic.

    "My boss was always running me down. Even when I did a good job, he never praised me. Initially I used to feel terribleand slowly started to look for excuses to avoid official meetings when he would once again find reasons to discourageme. I contemplated resigning and finding a new job where I did not have to prove myself over and over again," recountsMohit Sethi*. "But then, there were no guarantees that my next boss would be better to work with. So, I took it up as achallenge. I started reporting to work early and always finished my tasks before time. My team members started torespect me more because I helped them when my work was done. Gradually, my boss took a back step when herealised that I was now a highly productive member of the team. If I had not been self motivated to prove a point,thoughts of having failed and run away would have chased me forever."

    5. Look out for challenges. If the current job demotivates you, not to worry. Be open to try out new things if yourpresent role has become too boring to continue even a day more. Talk to your seniors to redefine your role to optimiseyour capabilities. Establish your reputation as somebody who is not scared to take on new challenges in life.

    6. Be persistent. Most things may not work out right the first time. This just means that you need to try harder.However, ensure that you set your heart on goals that are really important to you and will help you progress in life. Saveyour efforts for things that matter. Do not waste your energies on peripheral things.

    Manage your time, maximise your efficiency

    7. Keep the company of successful people. Try to surround yourself with confident people who are driven and highon life. Read books that fill you with optimism. Put up motivating posters and quotes on your workstation that will

    spread positive energy and drive away any depressing thoughts. Look around for successful people and try to emulatethem. Find out what makes them tick and include that in your working style.

    8. Celebrate life. If something doesn't shape up like you thought it would, it does not mean everything else is doomedas well. Do not feel stressed; high stress leads to low motivation. Take active interest in things happening around you.Live your life well. Continue to have faith in yourself and get involved in things that give you happiness. That itself willgenerate enough motivation for you to glide over waves of setbacks.

    9. Start today. List all that is important for you to achieve your goals. Divide long-term goals into smaller milestonesand celebrate each accomplished goal. Procrastination is a killer so keep it at bay.

    10. Keep dreaming. Lastly, do not forget to keep dreaming. Dream big! Let your dreams fuel your desire to get closerto your goals. Write your dreams for yourself in a diary or a journal and constantly refer to them so that you do notforget or lose sight of the objective.

    Remember, "Motivation is all about how high you can bounce when you hit absolute rock bottom."

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