As a business owner we know that self-motivation is the driving force
behind the success and growth of our business. It is the main reason
why some people succeed and other people fail.
Motivation is the spark that everyone needs stay focused and make it
through the day. It allows us to complete everyday tasks, as well as set
and achieve goals. The simple fact is that without motivation nothing
would get done and your business would fail.
“To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to
motivate you, something to inspire you” ~Tony Dorsett
Motivation is defined as the process that initiates and guides us to
move towards and achieve our goals. Whether our goal is to simply get
a glass of water or to create a Fortune 500 company. It is what helps us
focus on and work towards completing that task.
When it comes to proper motivation there are many factors that play a
role in how well you motivate yourself to take action including; simplicity,
attitude, the people you keep company with, the way you think, how well
you know yourself, helping other people, etc.
From a business standpoint, self-motivation is not always easy to attain
or maintain. Getting and staying motivated to accomplish important
tasks can be extremely challenging, especially on a daily basis. With
that in mind it is important that we learn how to get ourselves motivated
and focused on achieving our goals even when we are lacking the
initiative to take action.
Let’s quickly go over a few simple techniques that you can use to help
overcome those times when you are lacking the motivation you need to
– Choose a specific goal
Focus your attention on one specific goal at a time. Then determine
what steps you are going to have to take to reach that goal. By taking
the time to focus on one goal at a time and clearly the outlining the
tasks that you need to achieve it you will attain clear direction and be
better able to complete the task.
– Find some inspiration
Inspiration is one of the best motivators you can have, especially when
it comes to pursuing your business goals. When you’re feeling less
than motivated to complete the task at hand it’s important to remind
yourself of what you’re trying to achieve. By focusing on the end goal
you can often re-motivate yourself to reach your objectives.
– Focus on the benefit
Some goals and objectives take longer to accomplish than others.
Trying to stay focused on long term goals can be challenging at times.
You may find it hard to maintain your enthusiasm. When this happens
it’s important to remind yourself of the reasons behind your long-term
goals as well the benefits you will receive when you reach it. This will
help sustain your focus and motivation long enough to accomplish the
necessary tasks needed to reach your goal.
– Share your goals
Don’t be shy; share your goals with those around you. The peer
pressure of having others know and remind you of your goals can often
be enough to help get you through those times where you lack the
motivation you need to keep going.
– Seek out support
Don’t struggle alone! Seek out the support of those close to you as well
as that of other like minded individuals, so that they can provide
encouragement through the rough times and help celebrate the good
times. By having a solid support system in place you will be better able
to stay motivated and achieve your goals.
– Power through setbacks
While no one likes a setback it’s important to be realistic and
understand that there will be times when you are unable to accomplish
a certain task or reach your goals in a timely manner. When this
happens just reevaluate your timetable and focus on accomplishing
your objectives to help keep yourself on track.
Learning to accept and work through setbacks is a tough lesson for any
business owner. Just keep in mind that a setback is only temporary and
you can only fail when you give up! So don’t let setbacks keep you from
achieving your dreams.