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JCI Commitment – Some MotivatIon required – 2014 JCI Mauritius Deputy National Vice President Nousrina Peerbux

15 Jul

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Dear Busy Bees,

Whatever be your title and responsibilities, whether you are a member, an aspiring member or a board member, it is always wise to have a small review after 6 months of involvement in JCI activities; a great opportunity for you to find out how you are doing.

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Whether you were intensively playing on all grounds or simply passive, as an active citizen, it is prudent to pause yourself and review your participation.  However, while reviewing your past actions and either hoping to be more active or to start a new project or to postulate for an election in the next months or even simply to adjust your planning to meet the goals you have set yourself at the start of the year, some of you will surely feel that your level of motivation is very low.

Don’t worry, even the most motivated of us – you, me, Robin Sharma (ok…maybe not Robin Sharma!!) – can feel unmotivated at times. 

I am sure that the first step you will take, same as I will do, will be to turn to your closest friend or your local president (some of them are great listeners!) and start a long story about how everything is so hard these days and how you feel you are giving too much of yourself and that others are just not making the effort to help.  You know what, it is healthy to talk to others about it and seek their help, but if you have friends like mine, they will most probably say “Get off your butt you lazy lady and make things happen!”- A gentle motivation, which I am not sure will work with everyone though.

Regain your motivation; make some little changes in your behaviour!

“We delight the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”.

Don’t worry! No need to become a caterpillar to get motivated, you can use the few tips below and you will surprise yourself.

Learn from Setbacks

Rather than letting each problem kills your motivation, treat setbacks as learning experiences. This is especially helpful if your goal, for example, is to be better. Each time you try to secure a sponsorship during a project and you have a negative reply, ask for a little feedback. This will help you improve your request and be more close to meet demands of other companies.

Break It Down

“Forbes” recommends separating your goals into short-term, intermediate and long-term goals. If your goal is a long-term endeavour, break it into smaller pieces. For example, if you are a project director assigned to lead an ACF project, picture each stage as a separate goal. This strategy makes the job seem less daunting. It also allows you to schedule your work sessions more easily. A very good thing is to reward yourself and your team after each session to celebrate a short-term victory. It creates an excellent spirit.

And never forget: “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

Set a Schedule

Make a habit of working on certain tasks at the same time every day. This routine ensures that you get at least a little bit of work done daily. For example, as a JCI Local President, you set yourself to reply to emails every night from 20:00 to 21:00 and you should try maintaining this routine. However, for a task that requires you to work in long sessions, schedule breaks. A 2013 “New York Times” article reports that working in 90-minute intervals results in increased productivity; do not try work hour after hour without a break in between.

View Your Progress

Record your progress in a journal or reflect on all the work you have accomplished so far. This keeps you motivated as you move toward your goal. After all, there is no point in wasting the valuable time and effort you have already put into your work. For example, either you or the project secretary for a project or local secretary for an organisation can set a simple Gantt chart which will regularly show progress of projects or goals set at meetings. On a more individual development sight, if you want to be elected as a board member, update your bio data regularly and reflect on your accomplishments. It will help you to motivate yourself to reach a higher level in JCI.

Motivation is not a constant thing that is always there for you. It comes and goes, and comes and goes again. But realise that while it may go away, it does not do so permanently. I have been there, and that is why I can say, it is not hopeless. Ride out the ebbs and surf the flows; you are in JCI to learn also, you will do just fine.

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2014 Deputy National President Nousrina Peerbux

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