Because of the current driver shortage, lorry driving jobs have become one of the most sought-after careers in the UK. Considering the rising pay and abundance of available positions, becoming a lorry driver is unquestionably a great decision!
However, a lorry driver job can be demanding as well as lonely, it’s a known fact that many lorry drivers in the UK are dealing with both physical and mental health challenges.
This can lead to a driver taking more time off from work, or not paying enough attention while at work, not to mention the negative effects overall on their health.
To excel at your profession and grow in your career as an HGV driver, you must have a certain set of skills. These skill sets help to improve your daily life and help to motivate you so that you can move forwards and succeed in your driving career.
In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips for being self-motivated, and how to think positively and have a happy lifestyle as a lorry driver.
How to find the motivation to keep on trucking? Here are our 6 top tips for lorry drivers to keep self-motivated and be happy:
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#1 – Think Positively
Positive thinking is an emotional and mental attitude that brings happiness to your life.
A lorry driving profession can be taught and solitary; so make sure you’re good and cheerful when meeting people. You can try to be kind and helpful to others during your work, have some humour, and tell jokes to lift yourself and others’ spirits to brighten your day.
Remember that every day is a fresh start. Your choice and your positive mindset today can result in a fulfilling career as a lorry driver. Negative thinking can become a habit which then begins to take its toll on your mental well-being, so try and approach everything and everyone with open optimism.
#2 – Set Small And Achievable Goals
We can all feel like there is too much to try and change in our lives at times, and in the sometimes-solitary world of lorry driving, that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, as a lorry driver, there are numerous opportunities to better yourself and give you the sense that you have achieved something.
It can often be important to have an overall plan, it doesn’t need to be overly complicated, but it is important to pick one general direction, and stick to it. It’s far too easy to start one thing and then decide something else is more interesting and completely change direction.
So, choose one area of your career that you feel will benefit you, and set small, achievable goals that help you towards the end goal.
#3 – Ditch the Bad Habits
Very often what stands in your way in life, are the bad habits you have picked up along the way. As a professional lorry driver, it’s all too easy to fall into bad eating habits, not exercise enough, or even find yourself drinking too much on your days off to unwind.
As with goal setting, take small, but consistent steps to overcome your bad habits. If your diet is bad and you rely on junk food while you’re out on the road, take the time to prepare something healthy to take with you. If you find yourself immediately drawn to the sofa after a tiring shift, tell yourself you will go for a short walk three times a week before or after work.
Bad habits have become habits through repetition, and good habits are just the same. It will feel uncomfortable initially to carry out another more productive behaviour, but very often as soon as you start doing it, it’s easier and more enjoyable than you thought it was.
#4 – Create An Environment Of Positive Influences
Making changes can be hard enough, but the influence of those around you can play a massive part in your state of mind.
If your social circle or family reinforce pessimism, consider taking a bit of time to yourself away from them. If you have friends or family that make you feel good, make more of an effort to do things together with them.
Break out of your usual pattern by taking an online course, or an in-person course where you will get the opportunity to meet other people who may be in a similar situation to you.
#5 – Change Your Internal Voice
It has been proven time and time again that your own internal voice is tremendously important in determining how you tackle life. You are by no means stuck with the thoughts that enter your head, and you are more than capable of changing them.
If you view yourself negatively, such as thinking you are lazy, not intelligent enough, or not likeable, you carry those thoughts into anything you try and do.
This immediately puts you at a disadvantage with anything you try your hand at, be it a new skill, a relationship or even something you do all the time such as how you perform at work.
Then when the result is exactly as you predicted, your negative thoughts are further reinforced, as you were right, and around you go again!
It may feel slightly challenging and even false to break out of these patterns at first, but try reframing your thoughts as you have them and catch yourself out when you think negatively, and soon more positive thoughts will start to come more naturally.
#6 – Visualise a New You
As well as trying to integrate more positive thinking into your daily thoughts, visualisation is a proven technique for improving your approach to life and raising your happiness levels. Visualisation is not the mystical exercise you may have preconceived ideas about, but rather it is perhaps best seen as a mental rehearsal for how you will behave and achieve your desired goals.
Visualisation techniques have been used through the ages by many people to help them deal with certain circumstances with confidence and positivity. Top sportsmen and women use visualisation to rehearse important competitions in their mind’s eye so that when it comes to a real-life event, they have fewer nerves and there aren’t as many surprises.
You can use this pre-programming of your brain to prepare for stressful situations, for example, if you suffer from road rage, a useful visualisation would be to envisage other drivers being careless or dangerous at your expense, but instead of becoming angry, you visualise yourself approaching the situation calmly and professionally.
Make your visualisations as detailed and real as you can and observe how it makes you feel. Over time, this rehearsed behaviour is far more likely to emerge during real-life situations.
Visualisation can be used for just about anything, from preparing for a speech to going on a date, but it needs to be practised regularly and with as much detail as you can muster.
Really successful people will often take visualisation a step further, and visualise the end goal, how they are going to get there, and how it will make them feel when they do.
We hope that you enjoyed our 6 self-motivation tips and that they have been useful to you. As with anything in life, you may feel that some appeal to you more than others, but whatever changes you decide to try and make, remember that the important thing is to do it in chunks that seem manageable to you and to do it consistently.