Getting (and staying) motivated…

July 29, 2011

Staying Motivated

A while ago, I was on the phone with a client. Now, here’s what her life was like right then: It was school vacation, so kids were home and running wild (not really, but it felt that way occasionally). Business was slow because everyone was on holiday. Then there was a trip to the emergency room (not her), a hospital stay, a bunch of tests, followed by emergency surgery.

Can you imagine – she was ready to throw in the towel and ask for a do-over.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

As we were talking, she asked me “how do you stay motivated?”

Isn’t that a great question! How DO you stay motivated? Especially when you are in the middle of the cyclone of life?

I told her my secrets to staying motivated (and they aren’t really secrets):

Remember why you are doing what you are doing. When you lose sight of the purpose of your activity it becomes just one more thing on the never ending list of things you have to do.

Take a break. Walk away from what you are doing for a little while. Get some tea, listen to some music, make a call to a friend, find something to make you laugh. The little break will give you more energy to return to your task.

Sometimes you just have to eat the frog. Sometimes you just cannot get motivated at all – in fact you might even be actively avoiding the tasks. The best thing then is to just grit your teeth, and tackle the largest or scariest task facing you. Getting it done will usually restore your motivation.

These are just some of the methods I use (sometimes on a daily or hourly basis) to keep myself moving forward.

What’s your favorite one? Use it!

(c) 2011, Terry Monaghan

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The dance of the entrepreneur – 3 steps forward 2 steps back

July 6, 2011

Focus

How often have you found yourself in this place: You have created your goals. You have created your plan to get to the goals. You have begun taking the actions outlined in your plans.

And then, you run into a road block or a detour. Things are not going exactly as planned. That contract you just knew you were going to get falls through. The meetings you had scheduled weeks ago get canceled for one reason or another. Cash flow isn’t quite where you really want it to be. Etc.

What do you do then?

Do you let yourself fall into that downward spiral of doubt? Do you question whether you should even be doing what you are doing? Do you listen to the endless parade of thoughts as if they are true?

Or, do you keep yourself focused on the goal? Do you look at what is the next appropriate action to take to get to the goal, and take that action? Do you talk with an accountability partner about where you are and what you are up against? Do you work with your coach?

Many sources point out that you attract to you what you focus on the most (especially when you add emotion to it). We have all seen how when we have a pity party, we get far more evidence for why we should be pitied. What we don’t pay so much attention to is that the reverse is also true. The more we focus on what we want, the more of what we want we will actually have.

Really, which would you rather have? More of what you want? Or, more of what you don’t want? Duh!

Where are you focusing? It is your choice, after all.

(c) 2011, Terry Monaghan

Want to use this article in your ezine or website? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:
Consultant, coach, speaker, trainer and entrepreneur, Terry Monaghan, publishes Now What, an ezine for entrepreneurs and professionals who want to double their productivity, improve their performance, and have a life! If you’re ready to jump start your performance and your results, then get your free tips now at http://www.TimeTriage.com.


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