How To Get Motivated When You Are Stuck In The Muck
Everyone makes resolutions in hopes of transforming their business and lives. Oh, the goals we have!
With the best of intentions, you embark on new projects when the year is young, but it’s not long before you get sidetracked. Soon your focus turns from conquering lofty goals to throwing ourselves at the feet of a nagging to-do list.
You start to feel drained, and exhaustion sets in. Interest in new projects wanes, and they get pushed to the side as we struggle to cope. Feel familiar?
I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. Goals like writing a book, cleaning the attic or designing a new workshop ARE doable. You just need to get your mojo back.
Here are some strategies my private clients and I use to stay on track:
1. Ask Yourself, “Why?”
You are more likely to meet your goals if they have deep personal significance to you. Bluntly, why does your work matter? What’s your real objective?
I am driven by the desire to help women create financial freedom through their businesses. I want to give them independence and the power to design the lives they want. That is the driving force behind what I do.
Now, I’m not saying earning money is of no interest, because we all know money is a necessity. In exchange for sharing my know-how, I get compensated. But for me, it can’t be just about the money!
I like to think in terms of what I can do with the money that comes in. Funding charities, starting new projects and going on vacation come to mind.
So what fuels you? Why are you working so hard? What excites you about your work? What sacrifices are you willing to make when the road becomes a little unpleasant? What’s the answer to your “Why?” If you know, that’s awesome! If you don’t, carve out time to figure out what really drives you. Write it in your business journal. Post it over your desk, where you can read it daily. The reminder will keep you focused. If you find that deeper meaning you will discover clarity and all the motivation you need to reach your goals.
2. Take Care of YOU
‘You can get into a pattern of thinking that down time is bad. You get that constant “need-to-get-stuff-done” feeling. In the end, this derails real progress. By putting everything and everyone else first all the time, you’ll begin to feel stressed, drained and unmotivated, so set some healthy boundaries.
I encourage you to say “No” more often, even if it feels selfish. It’s OK to put yourself first sometimes. Schedule a massage or go to the movies. Build some alone time into your calendar. Small moments of respite will recharge your batteries. In the end, you’ll be a better wife, mom, friend and entrepreneur.
Make time this week to pamper YOU!
3. I Know I Can
Did you ever read “The Little Engine That Could?” It’s a classic book about the power of persistence, belief and positive thinking. Your drive is based on what you believe your abilities are, not just your natural talent. When you believe you can do something, you are more likely to accomplish it. This self-belief can drown out negative thoughts.
I must confess I’ve only recently discovered positive thinking’s untapped potential. It works for me. So the next time you hear those self-limiting thoughts, say “I know I can. I know I can.”
Always surround yourself with people who believe in you. Hire a mentor, join a mastermind group and/or read for 15 minutes from a self-empowerment book each day.
4. Work on Your Goals Daily
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Small daily steps will help you maintain your interest level and help you move steadily toward your goals. Break big projects into chunks. Then you’ll enjoy a sense of accomplishment every day as you hit your marks.
When you undergo your next project, identify your primary objective. Break the whole thing into mini-goals and block out time to work on these more manageable tasks. You’ll be amazed at how motivating this can be. Don’t forget to celebrate victories along the way. (High-achievers tend to overlook this step!) Thanks to one my mentors, Sandy Grason, I’ve incorporated this advice into my own life with amazing results!
5. When You Make a Plan, Expect a Bumpy Ride
Before you embark on a new goal, acknowledge potential pitfalls that could sabotage you. Backup plans will help you work around these roadblocks. Of course the unexpected can happen, but those who realize that roads get bumpy tend to fare much better and accomplish what they started.
Think about your current projects. Do you have a “work-around” should something or someone get in your way? Brainstorm and assess risks and obstacles. Make a Plan B. Backup plans foster motivation and progress when the ride gets rough.
There you have it five mantras I use to get my mojo back and accomplish my biggest and most wildest ambitions. Don’t wait until “motivation” kicks in – just take action.
Make a promise to yourself to implement at least one of these strategies into your life in the next 30 days. Then watch those business goals become reality before you know it!
Taking Action leads to Momentum, Accomplishment and Greater Profits!
Now it’s your turn, I want to hear from you. What do you do when you get stuck in the muck? What specific steps do you take to pull yourself out of it?