Okay, so I realize it’s typically Motivation Monday, but I post my blog on Tuesdays and let’s face it – we could use some motivation every day!
Motivation is something a lot of people struggle with. They have great intentions, they are excited and maybe get motivated from attending a conference, reading an article or seeing something on TV but that motivation quickly fades, and they are back to their old habits.
So how do we stay motivated? Look at the list of fun ways to stay motivated below.
*Create goals and post them. I am a goal setter and I love to write down my goals in notebooks or on sticky notes and post them. They may be business goals, income goals, fitness goals, home goals, travel goals… you get the picture. I not only like to post my goals where I can see them I like to post photos of what I’m working towards as well. You could tack up a photo of your dream home, dream vacation, dream office, dream life … whatever you dream, post it where you can see it daily.
*Create a reward system. I’ll be honest – my reward system is quite hilarious because even though it does force me to work harder I don’t always reward myself with what I intended. For instance, years back I created some income goals and once I reached them my reward was to hire a cleaning lady. I decided that when I reached my goal, I should probably make even more money before I hire cleaning lady, so I did it again. It’s been 8 years and I’ve reached 3 major income goals and still have never hired a cleaning lady. Somehow this bizarre reward that I never give myself is still working for me!
*Have fun! Stay motivated by scheduling some fun in each day – I guess you can view this as a reward for working hard but when you have something to look forward to it does make a person more productive. Schedule lunch with a friend, schedule a pedicure, stop by DQ for your favorite cool treat – whatever it is – do it! Don’t get stuck in a cycle of wake, work, eat, sleep, repeat. Schedule some fun in every day – even if its only 5 minutes of fun – it’ll be worth it.
*Get an accountability partner. If you can’t stay motivated on your own no matter what you do find someone who will motivate you. Depending on where you live it may be difficult to find like-minded people, or someone interested in trading motivational banter, so you may need to network to find just the right person. If you can find someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of to stay motivated it can go a long way.
*Join a group. You may find a local group or online group that helps motivate you and keep you on your toes. There are lots of very ambitious people out there will to help others. They often meeting monthly or weekly and something it includes a meal. Whatever it is – research the group and make sure it fits into what you are looking for.
*Hire a business or life coach. If you are super serious about achieving all the goals in your life and know you need more help than what’s listed above – consider hiring a life coach. There are many great ones out there that love helping people achieve their dreams.
Whatever you decide to do just do it! A great friend of mine and I were talking the other day and she was talking about going back to school for a new career. Of course, we discussed the fact that once you are married, have kids and are nearing 40 – going back to school isn’t exactly ideal. But she made a comment that has really stuck with me. She said, “The time is going to pass anyway.”
That is such a great way to look at it! You can do what you want now and in two years be exactly where you wanted to be OR you can sit back and do nothing and in two years be in the exact same situation you are today. The time is going to pass anyway. Ultimately the choice is yours! How do you want to live your life?
Danae Branson is the Founder of Elite Scheduling Services. Elite specializes in appointment setting services for financial professionals.