You aren’t the only business owner that loses motivation from time to time.
We all do, including me. Sometimes I realize my plate is so full that everything comes to a screeching halt because priorities collide.
Suddenly my “wants” overpower my “must do” list, my discipline slips and things are left incomplete.
This past week I dropped the ball on a couple projects. Fortunately, they were my own personal projects and not those of clients. But does that make them any less important?
I think not.
I bit off more than I could chew and well, the result weren’t pretty. You’ve been there. It happens to all of us. You get all hot and charged up about your next idea but after the initial surge of energy wears off; you realize the real work has begun.
That’s why before you endeavor into anything you have to focus your mind on the scope of the tasks before you and commit to them. You have to commit to a plan, follow through, and believe in yourself that you will make things happen.
Here is my take on this topic, in quote form for y’all.
1. “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
For me, this quote is about taking action. Planning and preparation are vital, sure. But if you agonize over creating contingency plans for your contingency plans; you’re not taking action.
Make a move.
Adjust on the fly.
You’ll never successfully forecast every scenario. Simply accept that what you plan to do will eventually hit a snag. Deal with it. Spending all your time drowning in information and planning your project, for example, isn’t moving you toward your goal.
Be bold and execute.
2. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Are you persevering? When the going gets tough and your mind plays tricks telling you that you “can’t do it,” do you withdraw and lie down? Don’t.
It’s the times that you’re being tested the most that life is asking you to prove you want it (whatever it is for you). If you give up you’re proving you didn’t want to succeed badly enough. By quitting, you acknowledge that the rewards weren’t worth the price life demanded of you.
What you may not yet realize is that just beyond, and I’m talking just a single step, where you think you have no strength left, is where the rewards begin.
Don’t give up too early, my friend. Your breakthrough is imminent.
3. “The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”
~Arthur C. Clarke
I don’t like the word “impossible.” Maybe you don’t either. I try never to use it when talking about my plans, client plans, or my goals. You’ll need to work on having faith that you’re capable of reaching the goals you’ve set.
In business, you’re often faced with what seem to be insurmountable obstacles. Design issues with your website, minuscule advertising budgets, information overwhelm, an extended slump in sales, and disgruntled clients that just make you sigh.
Buck up. Stop thinking “impossible” and “I can’t” or “I’m not so-and-so therefore it won’t work.” There is only one you on this entire planet. You know it, we know it, now challenge yourself to develop and show off your unique abilities.
Become the nightmare to your dreams by hunting them down and lording over them. Go beyond possible.
Keep going, my friend
Step toward your goals each day and accept that sometimes you’ll accidentally slip into neutral. That’s okay. Just train yourself to pop back into gear and follow the above steps.
Take action, persevere, and have faith. Are you with me? Then please pass this article along to your Facebook friends and Twitter followers and share your two pennies in the comments.