Do you need a boost or a new battery?

By Lakecia Carter, PMP

Five months ago, I purchased a 2007 Chevy Impala and I LOVE MY CAR! After going without a car for almost a year, I was excited to finally get one! It only had one owner, low miles and it was immaculate inside and out! A couple of weeks ago, the unthinkable happened. As I went to turn the ignition – nothing happened.  I could not believe that my car wouldn’t start! I ended up getting a boost to get home. Later, I found out that I needed to replace the battery. What about you? I’m sure when you first became a Project Manager or obtained your PMP credential – you were so excited! You LOVED being a Project Manager. It felt so new and empowering. Then, reality happened. You experienced ups and downs on your projects or in your career. Perhaps you are stuck like I was that day my car died. With this brand new year ahead of us – some of us need a boost; others need a new battery. Whatever category you’re in – here’s what you can do to GET MOVING!

CHANGE NOW!

There are three main reasons for a lack of energy – I call it the 3 ‘B’s: Boredom, Blues and Burnout. If you have been managing a project for a very long time or if you are a “seasoned” professional, you may  become bored with the same old routine. You may be experiencing low morale for various reasons. You may be physically and mentally tired of the rat race. We all get there at times, but the key is to come out of it by making simple changes.  Change your scenery by adding excitement and fun into the mix. Change your attitude and choose a positive perspective. Change your lifestyle habits to increase your energy level. If it means adjusting your workout routine or making more time for rest and relaxation – do it now.

CONNECT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS A SPARK

Surround yourself with other people who have positive energy. You should not drain others of all their energy, but they can motivate and inspire you to recharge. Whether it is a mentor, a teammate or an old friend, make time to connect with them. A weak battery cannot recharge itself.

REVIVE YOUR LOVE FOR PROECT MANAGEMENT

Even though you may have challenges along the way, remember the way you felt when you decided to choose this path. Keep investing in your personal and professional development. Rediscover the one thing that you love about being a PM. If you love what you do or even certain aspects of what you do – it will give you the energy you need to keep going.

Looking ahead to this new and exciting year, where do you find yourself – in need a boost or a new battery? Don’t wait – make the necessary changes to get moving again!

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