Are you feeling unmotivated lately?
You’re not alone. Many people feel this way, especially when things are constantly changing in their lives. Motivation helps us take corrective action and adapt to our ever-changing environment and is key when starting your very first business.
Luckily, there are a lot of ways to get motivated. It could be as simple as reading an inspiring article or watching a motivating video. Or maybe you need to talk to someone who can give you some good advice. Whatever it is, I’ve got the most effective ways to develop and maintain motivation for you right here.
Write Down Your Goal
Develop your goal, and be sure to write it down. Think about the type of business you want to create. How much money do you want to make? What do you wish to offer to your customers? How do you want your customers to view your services or products? What will the mission of your business be? How do you want to feel about your business? It’s best to be as vivid as possible.
There are two reasons why writing down your goals is directly linked to success.
The first is that your written goals on paper become a visual cue – a sort of reminder for why you’re doing what you’re doing. Hang them on the fridge or near your desk to always have them available for you to review. The second reason is that a biological phenomenon called “encoding” occurs. The best part about it is what neuropsychologists have identified as the “generation effect.” It says that when you actively write down your goals while encoding occurs, you have a higher chance of remembering them. This is because the installation of the memory is happening on two levels. First, when you generate the goal in your mind and again when you regenerate that image as you write it down in your illustrative words.
You can apply this technique to any goal you have. People who know about this and put it into practice have a sharp edge above the rest when working towards their goal line.
Create a realistic schedule for reaching your goal
Being realistic about what you can accomplish with your time is vital to your success. If you over-commit yourself, you may become overwhelmed and discouraged, which is certainly not part of the recipe for success.
Think about your current situation and responsibilities. How much time are you able to devote to your goal? Work out which days and times you will focus on your business. It’s best to be as consistent as possible to maintain your momentum. For example, when I was first starting, I only worked on building my online business when my son went to work (3-4x per week, 3-4hrs per day).
Do your best to keep balance in your life and not push yourself too hard. When you grind away at one thing too much, you wind up compromising your ability to bounce back and continue forward. Create a plan that works best for you and stick to it.
Find a mentor or accountability partner
Accountability partners act as coaches for each other by helping each other stay accountable to their commitments and stay on track towards their goals. You can find an accountability partner by asking someone working towards the same or different goal of their own. You can also enlist someone you feel supports you in reaching your dreams by asking them to check in on you and your progress regularly. Let them know what you’re working on and need to stay accountable to your goal.
Depending on your support needs, mentors can offer many advantages in helping you achieve your personal and professional/business goals. Mentors can supply a broad range of support, advice, and guidance, like assisting you to identify your skill set and skills that need developing. They can introduce you to “the right people” and help you build confidence in yourself.
Staying organized does wonders for your time management and productivity. By remaining organized, you can feel empowered and energized with less overwhelm and stress. It will also help you sleep better and to feel more confident in yourself. Making lists, using calendars and planners, and reducing clutter are just a few ways to help you stay organized. Try employing different organization techniques to discover which works best for you.
Keep track of your progress
In tracking your progress, you’ll be able to stay focused on what’s most important to reaching your goals. There are several ways you can do this, but one of the easier ways to track your progress is to log all your daily accomplishments on a calendar. In doing this, you’ll be creating an effective visual reminder of your progress while strengthening your focus, generating a solid sense of accomplishment and momentum while averting complacency from creeping in.
Reward yourself for milestones reached
Building your business is an exciting process. The last thing you want is your exciting endeavor to become a chore. How would you feel if you put in all sorts of good energy and work for your employer and none of it was recognized or rewarded? Perhaps resentful with a loss of interest in doing what it takes to succeed? Feeling this way can stifle progress. You can create momentum to take more action and create more success by celebrating your accomplishments and reinforcing the good behavior that helped you achieve them.
There are countless ways you can pat yourself on the back. Reward yourself with a coffee break, a mane/Pedi, a car wash, a video game, a favorite treat, time outside, or a mini-vacay. However you choose to reward yourself, you must know that you deserve it!
Keep learning and expanding your knowledge base
Suppose you aren’t growing and developing yourself or continually looking for ways to grow and scale your business. In that case, you may begin to feel stagnant in your forward movement toward your ultimate goals, ultimately causing you to lose valuable motivation to stay on course.
Continually learning will lead you to discover new sales opportunities and methods for efficiency like software, tools, and new skills. By keeping your knowledge fresh, you’ll be keeping your business current, competitive and relevant.
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ronald E. Osborn
Now that you’ve learned ways to stay motivated, apply them to any aspect of your life when maintaining motivation is essential to completing your goal at hand.
Shaunean is a life survivor who’s lived a humble life growing up in southern California and then spending the majority of her adult life in the Pacific NW as resident of the Puget Sound area of Washington State. It’s there that she became a mother and gave her life purpose. Shaunae’s son, is autistic and she has cared for him as a solo parent since he was 8 months old. (He is now 19) For years and years, Shaunean struggled to make ends meet. Even though she worked hard and began climbing the corporate ladder, she always seemed to be living paycheck to paycheck with no savings/retirement and zero signs of getting ahead. This became her regular as she believed this was the life she was due to live and naturally she worried about how she would ensure her son was set up and taken care of once she passed on.
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