If, like me, you have come from a corporate background, or any other form of paid employment – where you are in an office every day, mixing with other people, then I guess that motivation can be easier to come by, especially when compared with the world of home-based business – when you are often spending extended periods of time on your own, with no immediate colleagues to bounce ideas off of, to share your woes and frustrations with and to bask in the glory of success when things have gone particularly well. It can, at times, be a bit of a lonely existence and that can seriously impact motivation. It is too easy sometimes for procrastination to creep in and get in the way of the key tasks that you MUST do in order to drive your business forward every day.
One of my top tips to keep motivation levels high and ensure you keep your business on track is to connect with your WHY. This is a phrase that you will hear from very early on in your home based venture. Your sponsor, upline, mentor, even the author of your personal development literature – they will all say that you need to emotionally attach yourself to the reason why you are doing what you are doing.
This is a CRITICAL success factor to ensure motivation levels are at maximum! If you do not have a deep connection with the reason for doing something, your brain will allow other tasks to get in the way. You will find yourself finding reasons to do the washing, clean out the attic, tend to the garden (feel free to insert any other menial task here!) – often doing things you don’t even enjoy, rather than making those calls, writing that blog, doing the training or meeting with your prospects.
So, spend time thinking about WHY you have started out in network marketing or home based business. For many, this can be for some, or all, of the following reasons:
- More time with family
- Escape the stress of the corporate rat race
- More money
- Residual income
- Meeting new people
- Being part of something meaningful
- Autonomy – having control of the day to day tasks that you perform
- Mastery – doing something that REALLY matters, and becoming a master at it
There are, of course, many other reasons but these should help to get the brain working and thinking about your why. Then, once you have a clearer understanding, a great tool to use is a dream/vision board or book. Use visuals, inspiring words and phrases, and have short-medium-long term goals recorded. Have your board or book somewhere where you can see it every day, and use this to get your mindset focused on your intrinsic motivators, and also where you want these motivators to take you.
Inspiration is something that you can glean from others – the people you surround yourself with, your family, authors, public speakers, bloggers – the list is virtually limitless. However, motivation comes from within. Only once you really plug into your internal driving force can you really ensure that you continue to push forward consistently and not let “stuff” get in the way of your success.
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