There was a man taking a morning walk at or the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die.

The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He did that repeatedly. Right behind him there was another person who couldn’t understand what this man was doing. He caught up with him and asked, “What are you doing? There are hundreds of starfish. How many can you help? What difference does it make?” This man did not reply, took two more steps, picked up another one, threw it into the water, and said, “It makes a difference to this one.”

The holiday season is upon us, and at this time there is tendency for employees and business owners to be distracted, busy and get caught up in various preparations for the season.

Here are 3 tips for you to stay motivated at work during this period.

1. Clarify your goals – Don’t work haphazardly without a clear vision, mission and set of objectives for your work. There will be a lot of demand on your attention, but if you clarify your work, it will help you stay motivated.

2. Have a game plan – Things won’t just work out by themselves. Have a plan to implement your goals.

3. Keep things in perspective – If you find yourself under pressure at this time, learn to keep things in perspective. Remind yourself of why you are in that profession, working on that project, running that business and realizing your potential.

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