3 "Big Picture" thoughts that keep me M O T I V A T E D
Motivation. What exactly is it & why is it sometimes so hard to maintain? I'm sure we've all used this word so many times to described ourselves, others or to maybe not describe someone or ourselves? oops..
Well I was curious as to what a dictionary definition would include & businessdictionary.com defines motivation as "internal & external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role, or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal."
I've always seen it as just an internal thing, but I kind of like thinking about the external factors being just as important... Other people can be such huge influences in whether or not we are motivated. Not just people, but our physical environment as well. That is why it's so important to make sure we are surrounding ourselves with other humans who care about what we care about & put ourselves in a position to continue to be successful.
So HOW do you continue to be motivated? Especially when things seem to be going downhill fast...? Well I think it's important to pause & reconsider why you are discouraged & realize that this hiccup (no matter how big or small) is manageable & you are able to overcome it. I think it's also important to take a step back & look at your "big picture." This bump in the road is nothing in comparison to your journey, so keep moving forward :)
Here are 3 "Big Picture" thoughts that help me stay motivated:
1. The success of this goal does not define me - it's easy to allow our goals to take over.. our mind, our heart, our body, everything. If the business we are starting, or the project we are working on, or the salary we are trying to get isn't where we expected it to be at this point, it feels like it's the end. And sadly, we feel like we have failed. I encourage you to look past this goal, this project & realize that even if this doesn't work, something else WILL. You have to fail in order to succeed, so don't let small failures (or even large ones!) make you feel like YOU are a failure, because you are NOT... these failures do not define you. And it may just be one more shot that you need at this business or this project to get your over that hump & take you all the way. But even if multiple more shots don't work out - don't worry, something in your future will!
2. It's not about the money - this is a tough one. When I talk about money here, I'm not talking about making millions... I'm just trying to make it. And when I'm barely making it, it is so easy to get stuck on the thought of "I need to make more money." Because even though that's the truth, it's not going to help me get further in my goal. It's only going to take my focus off what is important. Rather than thinking about making more money, I try to focus on "I need to give more people an amazing service." Because then, that takes care of the financial side, but it also encourages me to be the best at what I am doing. It's not about the money, it's about the passion. And when you are ready to focus on the service side of things, you will somehow always end up making it :)
3. You started because you wanted to - hah hah... this one gets me every time. When I get frustrated or upset about why something isn't working the way I want it to, I tell myself this & although it makes me a little mad at myself at first, it helps me get back on track. I started doing all of this because I wanted to, because I LOVE it, so I'm not going to let myself become discouraged. I brought the challenges, the struggles, the late nights upon myself & along with it comes helping others, helping shape & change lives, and seeing other women be successful - and that is why I started and that is why I won't stop!
I hope this helps you see things in a little bit of a bigger mindset. I admit to getting caught up in the day to day and becoming discouraged sometimes when things are going the way I want them to... but guess what - things are going the way they should. And that is what matters.