Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Welcome back! Today we’ll talk about motivation. It can be tough to inspire yourself every day to put in the work. You know you have to, you know your goals and what you want to accomplish with this work. Yet you find yourself moving more toward short-term gratification, such as relaxing over a favorite television show, having a long lunch with a friend, and in general shying away from working. The key: small motivators, every day.
These tips will help you stay (or get back) on track.
- Keep track of your progress in a quantifiable way. Make a chart, a graph, a set of stairs with steps that you mark off each day. I’m a big fan of to do lists.
- Post a new quote above your desk each week.
- Ask your friends and family for help. Kids are great at making cards, or your husband can help out by packing you a nice lunch. Encouragement in any form from friends and family reminds you why you’re doing this to begin with.
- Go outside. Take a walk in the morning before sitting down to your desk, or a bike ride, or some other form of physical activity.
- Meditate. Take a ten minute break from working, sit down in a quite place facing a window or blank wall, and clear your mind. This will help you relax, and focus.
- Think creatively. Do another brainstorming session on the current stage of your business, and think outside the box about ways you will achieve success, today.
- Wear bright colors. These help perk up your mood, and remind you that you are a decisive, strong person who has the ability to accomplish her goals.
- Consider how others inspire you. Make a list of 5 of your business idols, and write down two sentences for each about how they became successful, and why they are important to you.
- Make sure you take time to relax. If you’ve worked six days this week, carve out time for your children, as well as some time for yourself on Sunday. Rest is an important part of staying motivated.
- And finally, enjoy what you are doing! Be mindful of the present moment, and do not sustain yourself entirely by thinking you’ll be happy at some distant point in the future when you have your 100th customer, or make x amount of money, or receive fifty positive reviews on your site.
- Be happy with what you are doing, right now! This is the single biggest factor in sustaining your motivation.
Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.Benjamin Disraeli