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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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  1. smart

    Feb 4, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the useful info.Keep sharing such info with us.

  2. Ronald A Wilson

    Jul 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Amazing! Good read

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Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.

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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!

1. Music

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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