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Are You Choosing the Right Motivation? Here Are 5 Ways to Keep Yourself on Track

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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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Stephen Dela Cruz is a best selling author, speaker and serial entrepreneur who specializes in helping budding entrepreneurs double their income in their first year. He’s built several 7 figure businesses and in his online school, The Mastermind Experience, he shares strategies around time and money management to help beginning entrepreneurs soar. You can see more about Stephen on his website and follow him on his Facebook page.

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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals

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Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.

What is Motivation?

The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.

Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).

Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.

However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals. 

How to Get Motivated

James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.

This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.

4 Ways to Make Starting Easier

1. Schedule it

One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it. 

When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.

An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”

2. Measure something

It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.

3. Extrinsic motivation

This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.

4. Make it public

Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

How to Stay Motivated Long Term

When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.

These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:

1. Stay in your goldilocks zone

The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.

For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging. 

The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.

2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals

Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within. 

For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.

3. Use “chunking”

Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.

Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.

For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.

4. Be flexible

We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.

5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion

Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.

Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.

This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.

Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.

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