What do you do to regain the motivation needed to move on with your plans and pursue your DREAMS?
First of all, let me say that MOTIVATION comes from within you, not from outside you. No one can motivate you but yourself.
Years ago, author Frederick Herzberg wrote about motivation in the Harvard Business Review, where he said that OTHERS can motivate you but only in the SHORT TERM. He called that KITA (Kick in the… Anatomy – that’s really what he called it).
LONG TERM motivation however, comes from WITHIN you! To achieve your dreams you have to KEEP GOING on those days when no one is watching you or maybe it seems like everyone is against you.
So, how do you motivate yourself when your PERSONAL INTERNAL motivation is feeling low?
First, understand that virtually all people have to deal with this at some point throughout their lives. I’ve never met anyone who was immune to this!
Here are some of the things that can help to BOOST your MOTIVATION + get you BACK ON TRACK:
1. Minimize contact with negative people. This isn’t always completely possible but, do it as much as you can. At least do this for a short while. I really believe that some people complain as though it were an Olympic event! Keep clear of them while you are trying to get your mojo back.
2. Maximize time with people that refuel your energy. You become the five or six people with whom you hang out the most. Hang out with people who make you want to “do” and “be” better. Set some meetings with them. Go to some business events together – anything that puts positive people around you.
3. Read/listen/watch positive things. If you are feeling down, read a positive book. Listen to an audiobook or podcast with a positive message. Watch something that makes you laugh. Surround yourself with some things you love to be influenced by. Let that in to your life as much as possible.
4. Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Take that list you’ve created and tackle some of that list EVERY DAY. If you really do this, you will be amazed at how much you get accomplished. The more you accomplish, the better you will feel. They feed each other.
There’s plenty more we can do to generate motivation, but I believe the list above is a good start. Also, keep this in mind: If your motivation is low it helps to step out of the small picture (the day-to-day) and remember the big picture (why are you doing what you do?).
Allow yourself to be motivated by your bigger vision, and let goals drive you. Remembering why you are doing what you do in business can most certainly help you find some new energy to keep going.
ABOUT Tommy Runfola
Tommy is a self-made millionaire entrepreneur with over 35 years experience. He is the Author of the forthcoming book The Way Of The Rich, and Host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show Makin’ It! [www.makinitnow.com]
In addition, he has two websites dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build their small businesses and be on their way to becoming future millionaires.