It’s Monday. It’s the day of the week that everyone dreads, because you have to wake up, get out of bed, and go back to doing work.
That is, unless you’re an entrepreneur. If you are, then it’s just another day.
Regardless of what group you fall in to, a little extra motivation never hurt. From changing your outlook to making your day just a few shades brighter, finding the right reasons to aim for success can help your entire day go smoother.
How to Motivate Yourself
Just a few days ago, I wrote a post about what I consider to be the hardest part of your own business. The idea that you need to be able to motivate yourself came to mind, and that’s what I’m going to throw up for discussion in today’s post.
Let’s explore some of the ways that you can change your very outlook on what you do during the day. It doesn’t matter if you apply these to a 9-to-5 job or your own startup, these reasons for motivation should help you redouble your efforts in all the right ways.
1. Think About Why You’re Doing What You Do
You’ve got a laundry list of reasons as to why you work: You might have a mortgage. You certainly have utility bills. You might want to repay that student loan to improve your credit. You might even want to be in a position where you can start building your credit so that you can get utilities in your name or apply for a mortgage.
You might just want to provide food for yourself and your family.
Consider every reason that you work.
2. What Have Successful People Said?
People blessed with success in their lives generally didn’t get that way by some miracle. They worked hard, kept the right attitude and achieved their goals.
That means they likely know the right things to say. Listen to them and take in some inspirational quotes.
If you want something more light-hearted, then you can look for humorous business quotes. Here’s one to get you started:
There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it? Kin Hubbard
3. Take Some Pride in Your Work
What you create has unique qualities that only you can give to it. That ‘it’ can be your business decisions, your products, your words and anything else that comes from you.
There’s no reason that you shouldn’t pride yourself in what you do. After all, you’re the only one capable of providing it in your unique way.
4. Dream Big(ger)
While it’s important not to get stuck in the clouds, it does help to dream big sometimes.
The one caveat is that you need to be careful what you dream about. When you’re busy working, don’t think about things like a new boat, bigger house or new swimming pool.
Think about how what you do could one day change the world for the better.
5. Carve Your Goals into Small Steps
The biggest mistake you can make as an entrepreneur or as a normal employee is to make goals that are too large for you to understand. This includes things like “I want to make $1 million.”
Instead, carve your goals into something more manageable. For example, start out by making $10 every week for a month. Once you’re at that goal, then you can begin to slowly move up to $20 a week, etc.
You can apply this to your job as an employee, just think about improving your department’s productivity, sales or another aspect that might get you noticed.
Motivating Yourself Starts With You
You don’t want to ever rely on other people to motivate you. While they can propel you forward, eventually you run the risk of those supportive voices turning into nagging wails.
That’s why it’s best to find your own reasons for motivating yourself. You’ll work harder once you find them, which in turn means that you’ll race towards success with that much more intensity.