Motivation. It’s what pushed you to it where you are now. It’s why you willingly lost sleep when you were working on your first project or building the website for your store. It’s what keeps you working at your own success even when you’re overwhelmed, overworked and overstressed.
But motivation is like fuel, after a while it runs a little low and you need to top it up. How do I know this...from experience.
Sure, there’s no cut and dry motivator that works for everyone, but here are a few ideas to help you stay motivated in 2019.
1. Understand your goals
You can have all the motivation in the world, but without goals you're unlikely to hit your target.
Make 2019 the year you set your goal by writing them up. This doesn't have to be a difficult exercise. Define your long-term goals, the core values you’ll maintain while you reach those goals and exactly who you want to be as a business owner and self-starter. From there, start setting short-term goals that will help you get there.
This really simple mind map man be used for all sorts of pursuits be it personal, sporting, academic or professional.
2. You’re only as good as the people around you
The people you surround yourself with directly and indirectly affect how you think, feel and act. This is especially true for entrepreneurs—friends and family won’t necessarily understand the stress and hardships. Or the rewards and successes.
Your network shouldn’t just be filled with prospective clients either though. It should include people who challenge you, people who you can learn from and people you can teach. Surround yourself with the right people and you will always have someone who can motivate you in times of need, even if you can't see it.
3. Fill your day with positive words
According to studies, thinking, saying and hearing negative words causes the brain to release a mass amount of stress-producing chemicals. The result is impaired logic and reason, diminished communication skills and an overall feeling of anxiety and depression. The longer you dwell on those negative words, the more damage you do to key structures in your brain.
So, replace them with positive affirmations and inspiring quotes. However you decide to do that, remember the brain views positivity as something nice but not important enough to focus on. Conversely, it views negativity as a threat, causing an immediate response that’s difficult to overcome. The only way to drown out internal criticism and self-depreciation is to constantly and repetitively seek out and absorb as many positive words as you can.
4. Seek out inspiration
Nothing drives motivation quite like inspiration. It’s what probably prompted you to start a business in the first place.
So if it goes missing in action, go out and find it. Start a conversation with someone in your network, touch base with members of your local Facebook groups watch a TED talk, or find a great podcasts. And if its not that of inspiration you crave, go relax with whatever pursuit is your favourite...go for a walk on the beach, get a massage, paint a picture or even go see one at the movies. Basically do whatever you need to do to relax and engage that creative side of your brain.
5. Reward yourself
People are motivated by incentives, and you’re no different. Rewards energise and motivate, while the lack of rewards often causes burnout and resentment.
Finish prepping for an upcoming pitch? Take an afternoon off to catch a movie. Hit your monthly sales goal? Go grab your favourite meal. Land a new client? Buy yourself something frivolous.
Whether you’re motivated by experiences or things, decide on a reasonable way to treat yourself for reaching goals before you start working on them. That little incentive will push you even more.
And if all else fails...
Ask us for a bit of help :)