Barbora and I always struggled with staying motivated on the task at hand. We would always get distracted by one thing or another.
Getting motivated is the easy part. But maintaining enthusiasm, excitement and commitment over the long haul can be difficult, primarily because for most of us it doesn’t just happen.
When Barb and I have attended live events (which you all should try to do at one point) we are so fired up with great ideas and strategies.
It’s a perfect way to adopt new ways of thinking towards your business. The reality is however like any fire, you have to keep adding fuel to it, or it will just burn out or fade with time.
In other words, you have to make a conscious, and a active effort to stay motivated, and to transform that motivation into results. No one can do it for you!!
3 Simple Ways to Stay Motivated
Here are three simple ways Barbora and I have learned to not just stay motivated, but increase our motivation level long after that initial burst of excitement has passed:
1) Carry a goal card
Barb and I do this at events we attend and at home learning from lessons we need in our business to grow and move forward. Just grab a small piece of paper and on one side, write down your current goal: the thing you want most at this moment in time, and are in the process of working to achieve.
On the other side, write down a quote or phrase that never fails to get you motivated. You could also paste a picture of the thing you’re working towards, or of a person who inspires you the most.
Put this card in your wallet and look at it as often as you can. You should pull it out several times a day at a minimum, and no number of times is too many. Once you accomplish it, create a new card.
2) Create a support system
One of the wonderful things about a seminar or live event is that you’re surrounded by like-minded people. Everyone there “gets it”; everyone is feeling the same excitement you are. That environment of support and understanding is critical, and once you step out of it, you must try to recreate it in your “regular” life.
If you made contacts at past events you’ve attended, reach out to them. Like you, they want to stay motivated, and could be having a hard time doing so, always remember to give first, help someone who really needs the help and it will always come back to you in one way or another.
Things like Skype and Google + make it easy to meet with people anywhere in the world. Schedule a set day and time to reconnect, discuss your challenges, share your triumphs and breakthroughs, and remind each other of your goals, dreams and infinite potential.
Your spouse, a close friend or a trusted colleague can also fill this role. Explain your excitement to them; tell them your goals. Share any material or ideas that were part of your initial inspiration. Get them on board and create a mini-mastermind you can touch base with whenever you need to.
3) Counter the flood
When you’re in the midst of a motivating experience, your mind is packed to the brim with positivity and possibilities. The moment that experience ends, however, mental spaces open up and the world floods in. Negativity, discouragement, the old challenges and obstacles, all the forces telling you, in one way or another, that you can’t. But you can!!! dig deep down and find that person inside that motivates you and push forward!!
It’s up to you to fight that flood. Fortunately, there is a bottomless supply of tools available to help you do that.
If you really want to stay motivated, don’t just do one or two of these things… do them all! Make a concerted, daily effort to keep your thoughts, your conversations and your life filled with positive messages, ideas, and activity, and there won’t be room for anything BUT motivation!
Barbora and I know firsthand how hard it is when you are trying to stay motivated and trying to do it alone. When we first started out we were dropped like a hot rock by the entrepreneurs who brought us into this industry. Barb and I made a promise to ourselves and you, that we have said in earlier emails, blogs and posts that we will not turn away from someone who needs help like we once did.
If anyone is stuck or needs help to walk them through step by step so you can understand the systems better we are always here to help, you just need to reach out and ask us through email or our website.
To your personal and professional success
Barbora and Robert Bourne