At VGC, we’ve realized that motivating yourself is a LEARNABLE SKILL. Everyone procrastinates or loses momentum or sight of their core goals at times. It’s human nature. Over time, we’ve leaned on one another as a team, to hold ourselves accountable and to keep each other in constant motion.
Here are 7 key tactics and strategies that we’ve found can lift your motivation to the critical level necessary to get yourself and your business moving again.
Try these techniques to motivate yourself and get things done:
1.Choose happiness. It’s much easier to motivate yourself when you’re in a positive mood. Focus on the wonderful things in your life that fill you with gratitude. Cleaning out the garage won’t seem quite as daunting. Keep your mind on the positive things in your life.
2.Learn how to be a finisher. A trail of unfinished projects can dampen anyone’s enthusiasm to start another. Avoid quitting before a task is 100% completed. You’ll be more interested in taking on new tasks when you expect to be successful. Success breeds success
3.Expect mistakes. The only people that don’t make mistakes are those who never do anything. The more mistakes you make, the more you’ll learn. Mistakes can be very positive. Use them to your advantage.
4.Keep yourself grounded in the present. If you’re worrying about the future or beating yourself up over the past, it’s challenging to get anything accomplished right now. Focus on your breathing for a few minutes if your mind is running wild.
5.Focus on the result. You’ll find it difficult to get started if you sit around and think about all the work that needs to be done. Focus on the result and you’ll feel much more motivated.
6.Give yourself a reward. You go to work every day because you know that a paycheck is coming your way. You wouldn’t go otherwise. Give yourself a small, but meaningful, reward when your work is complete. Determine the reward before you get started.
7.Use a timer. Decide how long a task should take and see if you’re right. Set a timer and see if you can beat the clock. A little time pressure will help to keep you focused on your work. There are many timer apps and programs available at no cost.
We hope you can implement these tips for motivation in your life and your business. Always remember the core reason behind why you do what you do, and take time to look at your progress every now and again!