Do you ever feel like you’re in a race against something that does not want you to see the light of day?
We’ll just call this thing “defeat”, because evidently that’s what will happen if it gets to the finish line first, and you know it because you’ve been there. But it seems to get worse. Every time you go through another challenge, the circumstance is no doubt tougher than the last.
In the beginning, maybe you feared your own greatness; how amazing you can be and that kept you from advancing. But now that you’ve been through the ringer, there’s nothing that sounds sweeter. You welcome the chance to finally be free and to finally taste the victory that awaits you.
“Do the thing you fear, and continue to do so. This is quickest and surest way of all victory over fear”. – Dale Carnegie
It’s there. No matter how dark things get, your freedom is still there. It’s calling to you right now, and it is not an illusion. It’s not some mythical goddess in a distant ocean fog haunting you with something you can’t have. It’s very real, and it needs you now more than ever.
You are the missing puzzle piece to that life, and without you, we will all miss out on what could have been.
You have to conquer defeat! So here are 5 ways to do it:
1. Drown out the noise
I’m talking about the garbage you see on the news, TV shows, the commercials, and the tabloids that are currently flooding your mind with useless and debilitating information. It’s doing nothing but harming your efforts and slowing your progress.
If you are sitting down watching TV, maybe nothing else excites you and so you live vicariously through other characters that are living their dreams. Shut off the TV, and go live your dream, not theirs.
2. Affirm how great you are
Especially if you’ve been watching the news and have been filled with a ridiculous amount of negativity, you need to bounce back and never stop affirming to yourself how awesome and amazing you really are. Write down all the positive attributes about yourself, including the kind of person you’re stepping to.
The perfect you! Make sure you read this to yourself every day. Perhaps when you wake up or when you go to bed. Just convince yourself of this truth, because it is true. You are every great thing you know you are and want to become.
3. Live with a sense of urgency
Again, this year has flown by! Another year is almost gone and then next year will do the same thing. This kind of puts the pressure on me to not miss out on my freedoms, to not miss out on this world, and to not miss out on my dreams.
Your dreams are valuable, and if you don’t live them; if you don’t maximize your chance to live your dreams you’ve wasted a great opportunity. Live each day as though you’re on a timeline to reach your freedoms because you are. Time will not wait for you. Don’t waste another moment.
4. Flood your mind with good, positive and uplifting information
This needs to be an intentional act in your life. Obviously you know this, or you wouldn’t be reading this article right now and spending time on websites like this. It will propel you and give you the juice you need to succeed much faster.
It will make you an expert in your field much faster, it will make you feel good, and you will live a much happier life because of all the good stuff you have filled your mind with. You need all that happiness and wisdom. It is fuel to get you to the next level and it’s the kind of fuel that just keeps making you better.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
5. Surround yourself with winners
People who are driven and like-minded like you, the coaches who want to help you get there, and the people who are already succeeding at a level you want to be at, are all part of that world of winners that you need to keep in your life.
It makes you much better because you start to take on their habits by nature. People pick up each other’s ways. If you hang around thugs, you’ll probably do thuggish things. If you hang around five millionaires, I’ve heard that you’ll probably soon become the sixth.
Thank you for reading my article! Tell me, how do you conquer defeat?
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But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.
Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.
These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.
1. Include short breaks
My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.
2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking
Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.
3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule
A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!
These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!
This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!
2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery
When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.
3. Love what you do
This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.
These last few tips are Industry-related!
1. Make sure you have fun projects
Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.
2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year
Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.
3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry
View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.
These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!
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