As you know, motivation in any endeavour is critical. So it is with any legitimate business, you need motivation to carry you through the inevitable ups and downs.
One of the questions I get asked fairly often is “how can one can stay motivated, even when facing challenges?”.
I think this can be answered in a couple of ways. Firstly, we need internal motivation – motivation that comes from the inside. To really get this, we need to understand why we are doing something? What is our purpose? What is it that we are seeking to have more of, or in some cases, less of?
Is it more time and money freedom? More time with family? In the case of having less, is it less stress? Is it not having to sit in traffic or be on a train for that daily commute to work? Is it less reliance on a boss or a weekly pay cheque to make ends meet in a job you don’t like?
Motivation from the inside is a fantastic way to get started. Of course, you also need external motivation too! Examples of this can be found in seminars, good books, CDs, podcasts, YouTube videos and many other forms of social media.
These forms of motivation become very important, particularly once you get started on a new venture. What often happens is motivation starts to die down and that’s when you need the external factors and the influence and support of like-minded people to push you onwards. One of the the great killers of motivation is whining and complaining about things around you. Be very careful who you associate with! Even a motivated employee hearing everyone else complaining is going to get demotivated!
Remember the words of the late, great Zig Ziglar? “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – what’s why we recommend it daily.”Your environment is crucial to keeping a person motivated, so surround yourself with like-minded people.
You may have heard of what we call in Australia, “tall poppy syndrome”. Why is it that people are happy for you to be successful, just as long as you aren’t more successful than them? I would have thought most people would be happy for others when they have a win or are excited about a new opportunity. Instead, they will typically find evidence and reasons why that idea or business venture won’t work. Have you noticed that these same people in most instances aren’t hitting it out of the park, so to speak?
Be very careful who you confide in and share your excitement with when kicking off something new. I personally like to surround myself with like-minded people – people with a similar mindset and outlook on life and people that are going to be there for you. These people can be part of a mastermind group or an accountability partner who believes in what you are doing and who will provide with you honest and supportive feedback and encouragement.
Remember the words of the late, great Zig Ziglar? “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
In summary, when you are first starting out and while you’re highly motivated, build good habits because it’s so much easier for your good habits to carry you through than to just rely on your internal motivation.
The take-away message that I want you to get from this is use internal motivation to get you started. Put yourself in a fantastic environment where you’ve got like-minded people who are on that same journey as you.
That’s why we’ve built an amazing community of entrepreneurs that will rally around you and keep you going in the good and not-so-good times. That’s going to keep you motivated.
The other element that’s going to keep you motivated is using your internal motivation to build good habits.
If you are feeling motivated and want to get started, click here. By clicking on the link, you will get to hear from some of the people who have influenced me, including Dan Holloway and of course, Stuart Ross.
Here’s to you and to be being motivated!
Wishing you much success!
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