How To Shift Your Perspective And Stay M... - October Health

October Content Library

How To Shift Your Perspective And Stay Motivated

Archived Forest You are reading the takeaways of an archived Forest session. Join a live Forest any time to participate.

What we covered

Maintaining motivation in the workplace can be challenging, especially when faced with obstacles and self-doubt. In this session, we will examine the impact of shifting perspectives on maintaining motivation. We'll delve into common mental obstacles that can impede motivation, including fear of failure, self-doubt, and negative self-talk, and explore strategies to counteract them.

Understanding Mental Obstacles

Fear of Failure

Fear of failure is a common mental obstacle that can hinder motivation. The fear of not meeting expectations, making mistakes, or falling short of goals can be paralyzing.

Strategy: Instead of viewing failure as a negative outcome, reframe it as a learning opportunity. Embrace the lessons that come with setbacks, and use them to grow and improve.


Self-doubt can undermine confidence and motivation, leading to feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy. It can manifest as imposter syndrome, causing individuals to doubt their skills and abilities.

Strategy: Practice self-compassion and acknowledge your accomplishments. Challenge self-doubt by focusing on your strengths and past successes. Seek support from colleagues or utilize resources like digital group sessions offered by October to gain perspective and boost self-confidence.

Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk can create a toxic cycle of pessimism and demotivation. Inner criticism and self-defeating thoughts can diminish enthusiasm and hinder productivity.

Strategy: Challenge negative self-talk by reframing your thoughts. Replace self-critical statements with affirmations and positive affirmations. Use mindfulness techniques or participate in mental health content sessions provided by October to develop a more constructive inner dialogue.

Shifting Perspectives

Embrace Growth Mindset

Embracing a growth mindset can foster motivation by viewing challenges as opportunities for growth and learning. Instead of seeing obstacles as barriers, individuals with a growth mindset see them as stepping stones to success.

Strategy: Cultivate a growth mindset by seeking out new experiences, welcoming feedback, and maintaining a willingness to learn and adapt. Engage with October's content about mental health to explore the benefits of a growth mindset in the workplace.

Set Meaningful Goals

Setting meaningful and achievable goals can provide a sense of purpose and direction, driving motivation. When goals align with personal values and aspirations, individuals are more likely to remain motivated and committed.

Strategy: Clarify your long-term aspirations and break them down into smaller, attainable goals. Engage with assessments provided by October to gain insights into aligning personal and professional goals, and participate in related digital group sessions to gain support and guidance.

Practice Gratitude

Cultivating a sense of gratitude can shift perspectives and foster motivation. Recognizing and appreciating the positive aspects of work and life can counteract negativity and enhance overall well-being.

Strategy: Keep a gratitude journal to reflect on moments of appreciation and positivity in the workplace. Engage with October's resources on gratitude and mindfulness to incorporate gratitude practices into daily routines.


By recognizing and addressing mental obstacles and employing strategies to shift perspectives, individuals can cultivate and maintain motivation in the workplace. Embracing a growth mindset, setting meaningful goals, and practicing gratitude are just a few ways to counteract fear of failure, self-doubt, and negative self-talk. With the support of resources like October's digital group sessions, assessments, and content about mental health, individuals can foster a positive and resilient mindset to stay motivated and thrive in the workplace.

Head over to the Live Forest now or browse more Archived Forest content in the library.

Related reading...

Looking for more?
Download October for Free.

Disclaimer: The creation of this content was assisted by an artificial intelligence (AI) technology powered by the October Companion. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy and reliability, we cannot guarantee that it’s error-free or suitable for your intended use. The information provided is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. We recommend that you consult with a qualified professional for guidance specific to your individual circumstances. We do not accept any liability for any loss or damage that may arise from reliance on the information provided in this content.