Where has my Motivation Gone ?
Did you have a little too much eggnog at Christmas and one to many beers on Australia day!!! If the answer is yes then you are probably one of many Aussie entrepreneurs now trying to get back on track?
It is fantastic being an entrepreneur setting the course for your business and future however some days it is a bit difficult to find your upbeat mojo in front of your staff, clients …..
Here are a couple of tips:
Tip 1. TAKE A HOLIDAY
Woops we just did that
Tip 2. Set a Goal you are excited about
If you set a goal that you think you should be achieving rather then what you love doing then you have set yourself up for failure. Yes all those boring jobs still have to be done. However if you are really excited about your goals you will not only achieve those goals but you will improve your own motivation and that of those around you.
I love Steve Job’s quote – “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” I think you would have to agree he certainly did this.
Tip 3. Keep your eye on the goal
Concentrate on one goal. It is ok to multi task and have a couple of things on the go. However do keep your main focus on the main objective. Find something that inspires you such as a quote “the best way to predict the future is to create it” by Peter Drucker (American management consultant, educator, and author). Place it somewhere that is prominent to keep reminding yourself.
Tip 4. Stop Worrying
Worry can not only cripple you personally but also can be crippling on your business. If you are walking around with the weight of the world on your shoulders then everyone picks up on this. This can have a very negative affect on the motivation of your staff and this can also have a flow on effect to current and potential clients/customers.
To be honest I find my husband Doug’s method of reducing stress and worry the most effective. Doug has outlived the average life expectancy when he was a child for his Cystic Fibrosis medical condition by over 33 years and counting.
1. The first thing he does every day is “breathe”. Whilst this may sound a simple idea when we are overcome with stress we often think to calm down and breath. In Doug’s case this is fairly inspiring considering his lung function for the last 10 years has been less than 35%.
2. Every morning he thanks the universe for everything that he has in his life no matter what has happened the previous day and irrespective of how he is feeling.
3. And if he is not feeling too great that day he takes the attitude “well today I will do what I can do and tomorrow will be a much better day.”
However if you would like to explore the concepts of one of the masters of motivation take a look at people like Dale Carnegie. Many years ago I attended the Dale Carnegie course over several weeks and one of the key lessons that I still remember to this day is to “how to stop worrying and start living”. The basis of the concept is:
1. Ask yourself, "What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can't solve my problem?
2. Visualise and accept the worst possible result
3. Now you have accepted the worst outcome mentally you can work to improve on it.
Tip 5. Celebrate the fruition of the goal
Yes, you can have another beer or champagne! Make sure you involve everyone that was part of the goal including staff, spouse and even clients. This will not only make everyone feel great and boost team morale but will also encourage participation in future goals.
Most importantly don’t forget to pat yourself on the back and remember this moment the next time you are feeling very demotivated.