When the economy is in a slump and you start to see it affecting your business it’s easy to get down about it.
After all, there’s nothing you can do about the economy right? Soon that bad economy begins to take its toll on your sales and it begins a downward spiral. There’s one thing worse than a downturn in the economy to your business; it’s the inability to stay motivated. Without motivation even the best economy won’t matter, you won’t meet your sales goals.
- Stay away from possible distractions that can curb your motivation
- anything that can pull down work effort
- Staying active outside of work will keep mood elevated as well as your motivation
- Don't let a lack of motivation kill business goals
- It does not take much of a distraction to sabotage your motivation
- Even reading the day's headlines bring down motivation
- That little motivation zapper be found right at your desktop
- You may face own internal distractions
- Fear of failure and fear of success lead to a lack of motivation
- only you can kill you motivation, so don't
At any given hour during your work day there are so many things fighting for your attention. If you work from a home office, it may be your kids or the television. Maybe visitors like to drop in. Sometimes being near your living space, you may get tempted to “tidy up” around the house and soon find yourself wrapped up in house work. Or perhaps it’s just too easy to stop and take a quick nap. It doesn’t take much of a distraction to sabotage your motivation.
Even if you work from an office there are distractions everywhere. Co-workers monopolize your time with idle chit chat. Endless meetings can suck up your time and sap your energy. Skipping lunch can leave you lethargic causing you to lose the desire to work hard. These distractions are enough to pull down your work effort but there’s also a bigger, seemingly innocuous culprit. That little motivation zapper can often be found right at your desktop.
The abundance of technology that surrounds us is both a blessing and a curse. Technology makes it possible to do your job better and faster, yet it also fights for your attention. How many times have you been tempted to check your email, check in on Foursquare or send out a quick text on your Blackberry? Even reading the day’s headlines can take up a lot of your time and bring down your motivation.
Even without the technological distraction you still may face your own internal distractions. Self-doubt, fear of failure and fear of success can all lead to a lack of motivation. If you don’t believe you’ll succeed those self-sabotaging thoughts will kill your motivation. Likewise if deep down inside you are afraid to succeed, and afraid of what that success can lead to, you may develop a tendency to procrastinate in areas that will lead to success.
All of these motivation zappers can be stopped by employing a few tricks to get you focused and re-energized. First, identify your distractions. Don’t assume you know what they are, take note whenever you get distracted. You might think checking email steals your time, but you might be surprised to realize that you spend much more time talking on the phone. Simply by cutting out those distractions you may find your motivation level rise.
Next get rid of other culprits that reduce your motivation. If you work from home and friends stop by or you are tempted to chat with office co-workers by the water cooler designate a time frame to allow you to do this and then cut it off when that time is up. For instance, maybe you allow yourself a 10 minute conversation limit and then politely excuse yourself. Soon people will realize they should keep it short when they talk with you during work hours.
To make sure you have the right mind set pay attention to your health. You don’t have to be a health nut but know that staying fit helps your mental alertness and attitude. Not skipping meals will keep you alert and focused on the task at hand. Staying active outside of work will keep your mood elevated as well as your motivation.
Make sure that you have a schedule for the things you want to accomplish each day. Having a plan and watching as you accomplish each individual item goes a long way toward invigorating your motivation. To give yourself that extra push, make a list of your short term and long term goals. Keeping a visual of that goal makes the push to get it a lot more exciting and helps to keep in perspective what it is you are working for.
Having well-defined goals and a plan set to reach them makes it easier to overcome many of the other possible distractions that can curb your motivation. We can help get your plan in shape. Let us evaluate your business goals and what you are doing to get there currently. We can help you identify any weaknesses in your plan and help steer you back on track.
Don’t let a lack of motivation kill your business goals. Get back into the groove with an analysis of your business path. Cut out the distractions and get excited once again about your business and soon you’ll see your motivation soar.
Having well-defined goals and a plan set to reach them makes it easier to overcome many of the other possible distractions that can curb your motivation. Don't let a lack of motivation kill your business goals. Cut out the distractions and get excited once again about your business and soon you'll see your motivation soar. … Marco Giunta