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It happens to everyone – you know what you SHOULD be doing, but you just can’t get yourself to get it done!
We all go through periods where we struggle to stay motivated. It’s frustrating, but not an impossible hurdle to overcome. Problems arise when this lack of motivation becomes prolonged and prevents us from moving our businesses forward. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to positively influence your level of motivation.
Think about the biggest thing that would move you forward in your business that you just haven’t been able to do. Then see if you can break through what’s holding you back with one of these 10 ideas.
Are you trying to learn new technology, launch a new product or service or another challenge you have never encountered before? Not feeling confident in your ability to do a good job? Or do you simply have too much on your plate and don’t know where to start? You will be better able to deal it if you can simply identify what the issue is.
The moment you start thinking you can’t do something or that you are not good enough, is the moment you allow your fears to control your actions. Counteract this by training your mind to focus on positive thoughts. One way to squash negativity is to develop a list of positive affirmations and repeat them daily. Or post a note on your computer to encourage yourself.
Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. By just taking a SMALL step out of your comfort zone, and that can give you motivation to keep walking head first into the thing that’s blocking you. Not only will you see there was nothing to fear in the first place, but your confidence will grow as a result of taking action. Remember, things are never as bad as your mind tells you they are.
Can you do the task that you are stuck on somewhere else? For example, you can break through writer’s block by getting off your computer and going outside with a pad of paper and pen. Go for a walk to clear your mind to then get back to working on your task.
Remember that you aren’t alone! Every Entrepreneur has tasks they get stuck on. Set yourself up for success by having a trusted friend, family member or colleague that can help to guide you through your temporary setback. The best support is on-going encouragement and accountability for your for your follow-up actions.
Are your goals in line with your purpose—your business plan and your passion to motivate you into taking action? Or maybe you are hesitating because you feel something isn’t in alignment. Take time to revaluate your goals. You CAN change your direction! Focus on creating objectives that are clear, realistic and take you in the direction you want to go.
Are you trying to do a project – something with MULTIPLE steps – not a task that can be done in a short bit of time? Instead of looking at an activity as one big task to conquer, break it down into achievable and manageable sized chunks. You will feel less overwhelmed and each step you complete will spur you on to do the next.
It takes great effort tackling a challenge head on. So the next time you manage to complete something you’ve been avoiding for a while, remember to reward your achievement. Treat yourself to something special, as you deserve it! Keep a running list of your successes, too! It will help to remind you that you are successful!
Sometimes it’s hard to get moving because of scattered thoughts. Look around your office – is your workspace as cluttered as your brain? Take 15 minutes to straighten things up. Often this will clear your head at the same time, and you get moving with renewed focus.
Read a blog, listen to podcasts, watch a YouTube video or read books about other Entrepreneurs who you find motivational. Learning about the struggles and successes of others can often provide you with that much needed boost to make things happen. Use this to remind yourself that YOU can do it, too. Then take a small step forward!
By building an awareness of the things blocking you from taking action, you can learn to not only increase, but maintain and enjoy higher levels of self-motivation, leading to business success! Take a byte sized step forward today!
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