Motivating yourself to excel in your business or to be an example to your employees, should not be something you do only when you feel like it.
It’s an ongoing process that should include every facet of your business life.
This means your mental attitude, physical well-being and appearance, work environment, your interaction with others (clients and employees alike), and your off-the-job activities.
Motivational experts get paid big bucks to tell professionals, striving for success, that they must constantly examine these factors.
How do you do that? Follow these 5 tips and watch as things change.
Let’s realize that life is only 10% of what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
We’re responsible for our own actions and attitudes, and changing them when appropriate.
When you’re around people/things that are uplifting and positive, you feel that way too.
You have more confidence in yourself and know you can change whatever needs changing.
If you can make your workplace such a place you’ll find happier workers and higher production. You might even find your employees look forward to coming to work!
Everyone has problems, but they don’t belong at work.
Turn your attention and energy entirely to your on-the-job tasks.
This will actually be good for you because you’ll get a mental break from your troubles.
Working and getting in the groove can release endorphins and help you tackle whatever drama you have going on outside of work.
Of course, you should eventually face what’s bothering you or it can ultimately fester to the point where you are unable to complete your tasks.
The reason for writing goals for your business is the same as creating positive affirmations on paper.
What your eyes see and ears hear, your mind will believe. Try it!
After you’ve written them down, read them aloud to yourself — and do it every morning when you get into work.
You’ll be amazed at what happens.
Come up with a set of new ones every month. Statements such as, “I’m an important and valuable person,” or “I WILL make good use of my time today.”
Repeating them out loud every day at a set time will help reinforce positive actions.
This is an area where most bosses/entrepreneurs fall down.
You become so intense about the project or situation you’re working on that you don’t ease up.
Thinking that it’ll be solved in the next few seconds, and then you’ll get a cup of coffee can lead you right up to quitting time.
Regularly adhering to a specified break schedule, even if you’re the boss, releases the tension.
If you work on a computer this is even a greater problem because before you realize it — you’ve been working in that same position for hours.
The best answer to this is to set yourself a reminder on your computer timer every 2 hours to send you a reminder to move around.
I know that lately, it seems that “exercise” is the cure-all to every physical ailment or psychological problem, but despite the hype, there is some truth to this craze.
By “exercise” I don’t mean that you should go out and join a gym and spend your lunch-time, 3-days-a-week there working out.
What is really beneficial and workable is once you get those alerts from your computer, get up and walk around your desk or room.
Maybe go outside and get the mail and enjoy the sunlight (if you’re an entrepreneur that has a home office), or just get up and do a few stretches.
Concentrated, tense thinking — typing — plotting plans — or whatever your work, makes all those muscles tighten up and knot up.
Then when we move we groan and grunt because we’re knotted up into a ball of tension.
Periodic stretching, even at our desk, or just getting up and walking over to the window and getting a nice view can help.
One of the greatest disservices modern business décor has done to us is making our offices pristine, sleek, unencumbered spaces.
There is nothing more relaxing than getting up from your desk and walking over to a peaceful, serene, seascape, or pastoral painting and just taking it in visually.
Momentarily transporting your mind out of work and into that place does wonders. A few good paintings and less shiny chrome in offices would benefit us all.
It only takes a little concentrated effort on our part to keep motivated and productive, which leads to success.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you WON’T always feel motivated to do something, but you need to learn how to do it anyway.
Learning this is the true key to success, and will put you head and shoulders above the competition.
That being said, I hope these tips do help you maintain a good level of motivation throughout your working career from now on.
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