What you hope for and what motivates you are often one and the same. But you need a lot more than desire for motivation to be effective.
Motivation is, “the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behavior.” When you have a goal, motivation is what gets you up and moving towards achieving that goal.
After you decide to act on a desire or goal, you need to follow through. No matter how strong your initial desire was, some days motivation wanes and the will to keep going strains.
To protect yourself from harm or fear of the unknown, you may fight against your own motivation. As your mind fights against itself, you wait and fail to take any action. Your enthusiasm vanishes and leaves you in a heap of discouragement.
What do you do on the days when that vigor for your goals withers? How do you go on when your motivation is weak where it was once strong?
Chances are you’ve faced some of the demotivators listed below. It’s time to fight back against them! Learn how to keep your motivation alive and well on days when your online business may struggle.
Your intentions may be in the right place, but sometimes you still fall short of your goals. The weaknesses you have will often get the best of you, no matter how hard you try to overcome them.
Failure after failure make it easy to doubt your ability to reach goals. When self-doubt kills your motivation, look at what you are doing well. Daily self-affirmations remind you of the power within you to become something great.
Celebrate successes, even and especially the small ones. Did your business make a sale? Celebrate it! Did your Facebook ad see more engagement than the last ad you ran? Celebrate it! Did you finally launch your business site? Celebrate it! Remind yourself of the good you are doing to start seeing the inherent value that you carry.
Nearly every entrepreneur experiences some level of burnout during their career. With all the work that goes into building a business this should come at no surprise. Moments of burnout are a decisive time for you as an entrepreneur. You can either choose to continue with your venture, or give up.
When your motivation is exhausted, find ways to save yourself total burnout. Don’t give up yet. Avoid burnout by remaining close to people who encourage you, breaking up your goals and finding ways to love what you do.
Motivation stems from our mind. It’s true that “our subconscious mind plays a major role in the actualization of our lives and the manifestation of our desires.” However, that’s where demotivation comes from as well. When doubt and fear start creeping in, take the time to clear your mind and focus again on what it is you want most.
Many entrepreneurs clear their mind through daily meditation. Some meditate in the mornings to refocus their thoughts for the day, while others prefer to relax their minds before bed. No matter the time, meditation proves to be a great anxiety-reducer. It allows you to clear your mind of demotivating thoughts before they become a problem.
A common demotivator is not knowing the why behind our actions. Why do we want to start a company? Why do we want to take risks and put everything on the line? If you don’t know the why, then you won’t have the reason to keep going when times get hard.
Expert marketer and entrepreneur, Neil Patel, says, “You’ve got to know why you’re living in order to truly live.” Once you know the why behind your desires it becomes much easier to stay true to the choices you make. Patel says that knowing the why, “unlock[s] the first door on the path to constant motivation.”
We lose motivation when we forget about our goals. We get so caught up in reaching them that we forget why we started in the first place.
Remember what you want. Keep a picture by your desk, or a sticky note on your bathroom mirror. Whatever will help you to refocus your energies on keeping your motivation alive.
Motivation isn't everything, but it sure helps to turn your goals into a reality.