Welcome to the first lesson in the Motivation Tips for Home Business Owners Crash Course. Over the next few days, you will receive several lessons that will help you learn how to stay motivated as you grow your home business. In this first lesson let’s talk a little about what keeps us motivated.
Understanding motivation isn’t too difficult. Motivation basically involves stimulating people so that they work in the desired direction to achieve their goals. The main psychological factors that stimulate people are recognition, money, success, fame, work satisfaction and teamwork.
Motivation can not only be useful but inspiring. When a person faces a difficult task or situation they often feel discouraged and lack motivation to move forward. This can often lead to a reduction of the driving force or power, behind accomplishing any task. When you are trying to run and grow your own business this lack of motivation can mean the difference between success and failure.
The key to maintaining motivation is to learn to form a positive attitude for your own capabilities. The two major things that contribute towards this are; what expectations you have for yourself and what value you place on accomplishing your goals, because the more you value finishing a task and becoming, the more motivated you feel. If you don’t place value on a particular goal or task, it will only contribute to your lack of motivation.
– There are a number of ways to keep yourself motivated:
Firstly, be realistic in assessing your capabilities. Stop thinking that you have to be the best in everything. No one is perfect. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. If you take the time to learn what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at it will help you to improve your capabilities, which in turn will help you stay motivated.
Secondly if you experience failure, don’t beat yourself up. Instead try to keep a positive attitude especially in situations that can’t be controlled. Also make sure you don’t underestimate even when you are faced with challenges that you don’t think you can handle. Always try to focus on the things you can control and look for ways that you can do things differently to help you reach your end goal.
Thirdly be honest when you assess your performance. Did you give a 100 percent? If you feel you have and still not achieved your goals, then change your study or work instead of giving up change your strategy.
Lastly be responsible for your behavior. Do not blame others or make excuses when things don’t go as planned. Instead, take time to develop your skills so that the next time you try you can improve your results. Avoid getting trapped into the “I can’t or don’t want to” cycle of self-doubt. Instead take responsibility for your actions and keep moving towards achieving your goals. This in turn will help keep you motivated as you grow your business.
That’s it for today’s lesson. In your next lesson we will be talking about how to stay motivated when you run your own home business.