While I love the “fresh start” feeling of the New Year, I often see the entrepreneurs I work with struggle with how to keep their motivation going after the excitement dies down. It reminds me of one of my favorite Zig Ziglar quotes — “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” I 100% believe that keeping your motivation up on a daily basis is essential if you want to hit it out of the park with your goals—in both your business and your personal life. So in this week’s Success Strategy, I’m addressing ways to stay motivated after the momentum of the New Year fades away.
1. Create a Vision Board — A Vision Board (also sometimes called a Treasure Map or Inspiration Board) is typically a poster board on which you glue a collage of pictures from magazines that represent who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, etc. The idea is that when you surround yourself with these images, you begin to change your actions to match those images and desires. If you’d like some help creating your own vision board, Christine Kane’s “The Complete Guide to Vision Boards” is one of my favorite resources on this topic (and it’s completely FREE!). You can also check out my personal 2014 inspiration board here on Pinterest (you’ll easily be able to see from the images and quotes what I’m focused on this year!).
2. Make a Mind Movie — Just like with a vision board, a mind movie will help focus your thoughts, emotions and actions on your desires. I personally like mind movies even better than vision boards because you can add music to them–so I feel like it engages more of my senses. If you’d like to create your own mind movie, check out my tips and suggestions for doing so–and if you’d like to see my personal mind movie, you can watch it here.
3. Pick a Word, Theme Phrase or Song of the Year — It’s nice to have a beacon to help keep you focused on what’s most important–and I’ve found that identifying a “Word of the Year”…or a theme…or a song…can do just the trick. In fact, I do this every year. My word for 2014? Simplicity. My song? “Happy Girl” by Martina McBride.
4. Leave Yourself a Constant Stream of Motivational “Pick-Me-Ups” — Take charge of your level of motivation by ensuring you encounter a constant stream of motivation throughout your day. Keep note cards visible around your office or house with uplifting phrases, reset your computer password so it’s your new “Word of the Year,” set an alarm on your phone to ring a few times each day with some inspirational words, or you could even send cards to yourself in the mail using a tool like Send Out Cards. Get creative!
5. Partner Up with an Accountability Buddy — An accountability buddy is someone you touch base with regularly to hold each other accountable for reaching your goals. If this strategy sounds like something that you could benefit from, check out my tips for selecting a candidate and how to structure the relationship here.
6. Harness the Power of Peer Pressure — All highly successful people know that if you want to achieve big goals, it is essential to surround yourself with other like-minded people with similar goals. Check out various local and national networking groups, Meetup.com or form your own Mastermind group to ensure you regularly spend time with other advancing people.
7. Tap Into Your Subconscious Power — I know it may sound a bit woo-woo, but using tools like guided meditations and affirmations can help you adjust your mindset and clear some of the blocks that may be holding your back from achieving your goals. In order to achieve what you desire, you need to believe it’s possible. If you don’t ensure your belief system is in line with what you want, you will find yourself continually self-sabotaging your success.
8. Create Routines & Habits to Support You — Have some trouble with motivation? Set yourself up to work without it. Think about brushing your teeth every day. You don’t need to motivate yourself to do it. It’s just what you do (hopefully!). Instead of trying to use motivation to push you to integrate some of your new behaviors into your repertoire, work on turning them into routines and habits…make it “just the way you do things.”
I’d love to hear from you…Did any of these ideas resonate with you? Do you have any additional tips for keeping your motivation up? Please share in the comments below.