Ways To Kickstart Your Motivation Beginning Today

By Deborah Shane

Raise your hand if you are motivated all the time? Wish it was so. But not realistic, right? The biggest challenge we face as small business owner’s is staying motivated, interested, on track and engaged, especially when we go through dry patches, interruptions and change.

These cycles are a normal part of the human experience. We simply are not motivated all the time and will go through cycles of ups, downs and stalls. We all need a little push now and then to get back to our routine and tackling things we don’t always want to do. It’s quite amazing, when you think about how much we all deal with on a daily basis, and how well we actually stay on track.

So, what can we do when our motivation gets off for too long?

Whether it’s a secret passion you’ve always wanted to pursue or you just need a nudge to help you tackle work or boring chores, these motivational tips can help you kick start and get back on track and get moving.

Remove Yourself From Situations that Cause Conflict/Confusion

Identify the situations in your life that cause conflict, confusion and angst and step away from them so that you can refocus. These can be friends, family, co-workers and clients. But a brief vacation from them can give you a much needed attitude adjustment that can positively impact your motivation.

I want to shout about the £2.50 family fitness classes at my local Salvation Army, or the clubbing exercise classes at a community centre down the road, I want women spreading the word about exercise that makes them feel great –through the menopause, dementia and period pains.

Change Up or Simplify Your Routine

Routine can be a very good thing, but it can also get boring and redundant.  Make a few small changes to when you exercise, your driving routes, taking quiet time, family time and having fun.

Stay Focused on Your Daily and Weekly Priorities

Have a weekly calendar of your top priorities. But break it down into the most important daily goals and tasks and push anything else into the another week or day. Don’t get distracted by shiny stuff that isn’t essential for that day.

Remove Disruptive, Difficult, Negative People From Your Life

We choose many of the people we engage with daily. Prune those that are more difficult, disruptive, negative and who create more drama out of the mix.

Change Your Hairstyle and Color, Update Your Sense of Style

Do you basically look and act the same as you did 15-20 years ago? Come on, update your hair style, color and fashion sense. Bring yourself into current times with a simple makeover that will make you feel good about yourself.

Take Short Trips, Discover New Places

Go and explore areas near where you live that are interesting and fun. Plan a lunch or dinner with friends to a town or area you haven’t been to before. Be adventuresome.

Join a Class, Workshop or Seminar on Something that Fascinates You

There are amazing continuing education opportunities in just about every community to take a class on something that fascinates you, be it art, crafts, writing, chess, travel or just about anything you can think of.  Check your local community colleges, county schools, parks and recreation for ideas.

Start a Free Style Diary of Ideas, Quotes, Thoughts, Poems

It’s amazing what comes out when you just let your creative juices flow and just write. Get a special notebook and make it your “creative, free style writing place”.

Write a Book on Something You Know Really Well

If you’ve always dreamed of being an author, then write an outline on something you know how to do well and can explain. It can be on business practices or personal hobbies. This can easily translate into a book/ebook.

Read Books and Publications on Stimulating Subjects

Do you have interests in things that you want to know more about?  I do, and I try to read up and learn more about them regularly. This always translates into writing or travel ideas.

Visualize Your Success, Act it Out Daily

Sometimes we need to take actions and do things we do not completely yet believe in, but we know have worked for others. Start writing, speaking, painting, piano lessons, volunteering, join and organize around causes, cycling, running. Do something daily that leads you closer to your definition of success in both business and personal areas.

Time Block Your Priorities Weekly, be Accountable for What You do

When you plan out your weekly and daily schedule, block out time for work, family, friends, fun and you. In this day and age of so many responsibilities, activities and choices, we need to plan and prioritize the what, when, how and why of just about everything.

Create, Imagine, Muse and Play

Listening to music

Can’t say enough about developing and allowing time for your creative, imaginative self to engage in play time.  When’s the last time you had a proper vacation and really unplugged to enjoy pure fun?

Pick People that You Want to Get to Know Better, Initiate Activities

Think of a few people you already know or have just met that you would like to get to know better and plan and initiate some activities with them. Plan things that you have in common first and then get more adventuresome.

Develop and Express Your Sense of Humor, Laugh Daily

What’s funny to you? What ignites your sense of humor? Is it comedy clubs, movies, books, art, writing, meet ups, hobbies, athletics that are fun, where you can exercise your humor? Find reasons to laugh daily, which is awesome for your health, too.

Source: smallbiztrends.com

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