Mastering Self-Motivation

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If you work in a company, you will have people above you who will ensure that you are guided, directed and even goal oriented. And I will bet my two cents that they will never allow you to drift away from the annual targets of the company or even the code of conduct. But what happens when you are the owner of a small business? You need to run your business well and to make sure it is profitable.

And to do that, you need self motivation. Not just that, but also the love for what you do are the two most important aspects that will keep you going. As an entrepreneur, self motivation is required at every step, whether we’re talking about planning or strategizing the business outlay.

As an entrepreneur, self-motivating yourself is important not just for the business you run, but also for your personal development. If you become self motivated, you will grow as an entrepreneur. Whether you’re a veteran when it comes to entrepreneurship or just at the beginning of your career, the success you register will depend on how well you are able to motivate yourself. An average person that uses self-motivation will always outperform a genius who doesn’t use self-motivation as the powerful tool it is.

The good news is that self-education lies entirely within your control. Unfortunately, that cannot be said about the other aspects that are required for success – financing, experience, education or even connections. Regardless of who you are and where you come from, you can always motivate yourself to take action.

Some people even consider self-motivation to be something like a muscle. The more you will use it, the stronger it will become. Just like a muscle, self-motivation needs different types of exercise so that it can become resilient and always prepared to serve your goals.

Here are some techniques for strengthening your self-motivation which you can apply immediately.

In my opinion, the best and easiest way to get motivated is to surround yourself with motivated people. While this cannot be possible at all times, you can always draw upon the energy or wisdom of the past.

Search the internet for motivational quotes or even videos that were made to motivate and inspire millions of people. It worked for them, why wouldn’t it work for you? They can be extremely powerful tools if you will use them as touchstones. This way, your actions and activities will keep you motivated for the rest of the day.

Moreover, you could even send inspirational videos from time to time to fellow entrepreneurs or to friends. They will become just as motivated and you can then surround yourself with people that have the same vision. Or, you could email it to yourself and insert it into your calendar in the form of a daily event that will pop up every time you arrive at work.

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To ensure that your self-motivation is strong, you must build it brick by brick so that you can surpass any obstacle that lies ahead of you.

Experts say that the best way to achieve a long-term self-motivation is to read over and over again the classics. You could even comprise a “Top 10 Motivational Books of All Time” in which you can provide your favorites and the reasons as to why you like them. You can then invite your friends to add their favorites.

Some people become self-motivated when they listen to a motivational book instead of reading it. Instead of buying books, you could buy audio books, so that you can listen to them in the office, in the car on your way to work, or whenever you feel like it. Most people need to understand and know the science behind a thing before they can actually commit to it.

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Being a self-motivated person is one of the main aspects that will help you the most in the long run. However, from time to time you may start feeling burned out. This usually happens when a person tends to focus solely on one important thing, rather than just expanding it so that it encompasses their entire life. This, in my opinion, is not the way of using self-motivation to achieve success.

A close friend of mine opened my eyes when I was feeling burned out. He helped me get right on track with self-motivation. Instead of using self-motivation just at work, become successful in life. This is equally as important, if not more.

Therefore, the performance of any entrepreneurial venture lies totally in the hands of the entrepreneur. If he or she is self-motivated, believes in what he is doing and has confidence in self, his or hers business will always flourish.

I’ve managed to maintain my motivation levels up high for the past two decades but once in a blue moon it just so happened that I felt burned out. During this period, my motivations have managed to change quite a lot, thus helping me generate new ideas and execute them. I was driven by the desire to prove myself that I can be just as good as I thought I was and then some. In addition, self-motivation becomes a daily process that was born out of frustration. The need to be heard and to have a voice has helped me tremendously.

What other ways of self motivation have you encountered and used? Leave your thoughts and answers in the comment section below.

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