Ever have those moments where you feel super motivated about something one day and the next day your motivation has turned into self-doubt, defeat, and the feeling that you just want to do anything but work?
You’re not alone.
Self-employment has it’s perks. Namely – setting your own schedule, being your own boss, and making your own money. But, the downside of that means no one to keep you accountable to your goals and deadlines but yourself.
The game becomes how to find the motivation when there’s no one else around to keep you motivated. You MUST be your own motivation.
So, back to the purpose of this post – how to find motivation & (more importantly) how to keep it.
- Look at the big picture. Set your big picture goals. What are your dreams for five or ten years in the future? These are your “why” behind why you want to be your own boss in the first place. Print out pictures. Post them on the wall of your office. And look at them often. Whenever you find your motivation fleeting return to these goals. This is your driving force.
- Write down your daily goals and cross them off as you accomplish them. There’s nothing more motivating than checking things off your to-do list. But the opposite of motivating is a totally unrealistic, incredibly too long list of things you’re definitely not going to accomplish. So focus on five things you can actually do today. As you complete each task, cross them off and do a little happy dance! You deserve it!
- Set a reasonable schedule. It’s really hard to stay motivated when you have no idea when you are going to work or, even worse, when you will be done working for the day. As hard as it may be, you have to set a daily work routine for yourself. Write down when you are going to start working, take breaks, and call it quits for the day. Whenever you need a little motivation, just remind yourself, just a few more hours until you can call it quits.
- Remember, what you accomplish today is one less thing you need to do tomorrow. You may have a big task on your list that you are dreading doing. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or the next day the task has to be done. More than likely there’s no getting around it, so do it today so you don’t have to do it tomorrow. Wouldn’t you love to have one less thing to do tomorrow?
- Reward yourself. This is the fun one! Remember, work is hard so we need to be rewarded for our hard work. Set a goal you’re working towards and reward yourself when you accomplish it. Sign a big client – get yourself a massage. Hit your income goal – buy a new computer. Whatever it is that motivates you, use that as a reward. But make it a goal that is going to take hard work and a bit of time to accomplish. You can’t make it too easy for yourself.
Moral of the story: what motivates each of us is unique to us and you need to find what works for you. But once you find a combination that works for you, go with it. Go with it until you feel motivation is fleeting again. Then go back to your big picture goals and reevaluate, always keeping those big goals mind. That’s the whole reason you’re doing this crazy thing called, entrepreneurship anyway, right?
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