Everyone has good days and bad days. As humans, there are things about our nature that cannot be controlled, like our genetic composition, chemical balance, and hormone production. What that means is that one day you may wake up feeling dandy, and the next your feelings will be different and it will have nothing to with you. Some days you just wake up feeling better than others. The urge to go out there and get shit accomplished just doesn’t feel as strikingly necessary as yesterday.
It is on those “low urge” days that you are going to need your emergency motivation dose. But if your source of motivation is not properly stocked up, you will run low on your motivation and slack off. How do you prevent this from happening?
There are a few things that a good entrepreneur must have in order to keep a constant flow of motivation, even on those days when you’re feeling down and out. The hustle does not stop, even on bad days, so neither can you.
If you want to work hard, grow your business, and make a change in people’s lives then you need to make sure you have:
1. Have A Precise Vision
When looking to the future, if you don’t know where you want to go, then you could be moving very fast, but getting nowhere close to where you want to be. Set a living standard for yourself, and everyday work to uphold that standard.
Everyday you should be working towards your goals and getting close to your vision. Look towards your goals and envision yourself doing things that will get you closer to them every day. Visualize yourself already successful. Entrepreneur life is hard work, but that’s the life! Everyday will bring new challenges, new opportunities; know where you’re going and you will get there.
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A. Barker
2. Positive Social Media Consumption
Statistically, you spend over two hours a day on social media. That’s about 1/8th of your waking time every day. Make sure that you are investing that time wisely. The people you follow on your social platforms should add value to your daily life, not add stress or “drama.”
Follow pages with inspirational images and quotes. Follow people who are already doing what you aspire to do, pages with helpful hints and tips. Have family and friends of course, but don’t let petty social media drama cloud your change your course. Leave positive comments and feedback on posts you like on agree with as well. Sharing your positive point of view will promote a positive attitude.
3. Have Productive Contact Information
Chris Soriano, founder of Clever Talks, was a guest speaker at one of my masterminds recently and one quick exercise he recommended every one does is check their contact list. Pick any letter of the alphabet, go to that letter on your phone and read all the names in that section. Who are these people and what do they do? If none of your contacts are doing just as good if not better than you, then you need new friends. If none of your contacts are clients or prospects, then you need new friends. As Jim Rohn puts it, “You are the average of the five people you spend most time with”.
4. Find Enriching Entertainment
In your down time, your brain is still receiving information and processing it. Make sure that you are constantly educating your mind and keeping it on its toes. Listen to entrepreneurs do what they do best, talk! Podcasts are available right on your phone, listen to them in your car while you are driving.
There is nothing wrong with watching a good movie now and then, just make sure you are not spending all of your off time sending your thoughts onto the wrong direction.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
5. Location of Value
Constantly place yourself where you think you will grow the most. Time is valuable, and as an entrepreneur you must learn to invest it so that it brings you the best Return On Investment or Return On Energy. Be choosy when it comes to where you spend your time. If it will bring productive outcomes then it will bring more value to you.
There are a lot of different aspects of being a human. You are made up of more than just a body; you are emotional, spiritual, and physical. People don’t just grow one way or have the same needs. Everybody grows at different rates and speeds. Entrepreneurs must learn to grow through what they go through and make a business out of it. It is just a matter of realizing that every situation is an opportunity to grow. Once we realize that, we will always want to be doing something that will make us better.
How do you continue to get better and grow as a person every single day? Comment below and let us know!
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Welcome to our new normal. A time in our lives that a year ago we certainly didn’t see coming that most of us probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves; but here we are. As the days away from each other carry on and more and more bad news comes our way, it’s easy to lose your motivation and waste energy doing things that aren’t helpful like worrying and fighting with people on the internet instead.
Nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to the Washington Post. While many of us had routines set up to deal with stress in the past, the stress we are facing during this time is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. It’s easy to find yourself in a downward spiral, and that’s the most challenging time to stop the momentum and turn things around. If that’s the case, keep it simple and start to reach for little things to help you feel better and climb your way out.
Here’s a reminder of a few simple things you can do right now to start getting positive momentum going your way:
1. Find someone who was in a similar place and made it to the other side
Whether you’ve been unmotivated to workout, eat healthy, make sales calls or simply do anything, you can find someone who has been there and made it to the other side. Look up some great TED talks, go on YouTube and look up people that motivate you, google them to find their websites. There are short speeches and much longer talks all over the internet, you just need to find someone who you relate to that speaks to you.
2. Do something that you love
When we’re unmotivated, it’s easy to get out of the habit of doing what we love. Sometimes just getting out of bed or away from the tv feels like a chore. Think back to a time in your life when you felt great – what were you doing? What do you absolutely love to do that if you had the time, you would do all day and not realize any time had passed at all?
Figure out a way to do whatever that is, or a modified version of it if it is something that you aren’t able to do at the present time. Spending time doing what you love will get your mind off of anything that is wrong and allow you to find inspiration.
3. Don’t overcomplicate it
Keep it simple. When we’re stuck in a rut, we’ll give ourselves every excuse to not do something. Say you’ve gained some weight; you might tell yourself you need to find the perfect trainer and wait until you have time to cook your meals from scratch each night before you do anything else. Stop trying to overcomplicate it and keep it simple by finding one thing you can do right now, however small that may be. You don’t have to wait until the timing is perfect and the stars align for you to start moving in the direction you want to go.
4. Get up and get moving
This is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but once you are up and moving, your blood will start flowing. The hardest part is getting started. Day one, get up and do anything to get moving. This is the hardest day if you haven’t in a while because getting up is really the hardest part. Day two, do a little more. Once you start, you’ll build momentum and get back in the habit.
5. Reset your focus
It’s so easy for worry to set in and for our minds to wander to places of what we can’t control. This is not motivating or helpful and we always have a choice to redirect our attention. There is always something we can do right where we are, so bring your focus to the solution instead of the problem and figure out the next step of what you can do.
One step at a time. Step one, take your attention away from what you can’t control and what you can’t do. Step two, ask yourself questions like “What can I do?” and see what comes to mind. Follow through with the answers you find.
6. Listen to your favorite music
Not much can lift our spirits and put us into a positive vibration more than our favorite music. Feel free to sing along. Find a song that pumps you up and make that your theme song. Put it on anytime you feel down or unmotivated.
7. Expand your knowledge
“In times of change, the learners will inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Quote by Eric Hoffer. In times of change, there is great loss but also great opportunity. Continually learning opens you to new opportunities and leads you to paths you may not have otherwise found.
If you’re already a meditator and got away from it, take some time to come back to it. If you’ve never tried, it can be as easy as setting a timer for five minutes (or less, feel free to start with one or two minutes) and focusing on your breath. Listen to the inhalations and exhalations. Silently say to yourself “in” as you inhale and “out” as you exhale. Even taking a few minutes to do this can help you to calm down and allow your mind to refocus.
When we’re unmotivated, our momentum starts moving in the other direction. Slow down that momentum by trying one of the ideas above. Once you’ve slowed down the momentum, get it moving in the right direction and you’ll be well on your way.
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