Have you ever been excited about starting something, and then once you got going you just weren’t excited anymore? Maybe you even avoided that very same thing which, before, you couldn’t wait to get out of bed in the morning to go and do.
It happens to all of us. We start something with great ambition and the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way to our goal all the excitement fizzles out.
But, we can’t keep starting new things over and over and never finishing or we’ll never accomplish anything. This is especially true when you own a business – booklets or otherwise. So, once you start down the path of your own booklet adventure how can you keep things fresh and interesting so you’ll look forward to getting out of bed in the morning and going to work?
Here are a few tips for you to keep the excitement going:
1) Start a new project. There’s nothing like a new booklet or a new product to spice things up!
2) Don’t work too much. Get your work done, but don’t work all the time. Take some time for other activities. This will help you feel refreshed when you’re ready to go back to your work.
3) Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. Is it so you can help the grandkids with college? Or maybe you want to leave a legacy? Or it might be that you just want the extra money so things aren’t so tight. Whatever your reasons, keep reminders of them in front of you wherever you do your work. This might be photos, or an unpaid bill, or it could even be something as simple as a poem that you’ve framed and put on the wall. Reminding yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing will help keep you motivated.
4) Keep your energy up. Be sure to eat healthy and drink enough water. It will help you feel better and that will help you through the rough spots!
5) Treat yourself. Create milestones for yourself and deadlines for meeting them. Each milestone should bring you closer to reaching a goal. For each milestone you reach treat yourself. You might even create a schedule with the milestones and deadlines listed on it as well as what you will give yourself when you reach each one! You could start with something small for the first milestone and give yourself bigger and better treats as you get closer to your goal – such as a trip to Starbucks when you reach the first milestone, A new book you’ve been wanting when you reach the next one, and so on.
6) Tell others what you do. Seeing how interested or excited others are when you tell them will help to create new interest for you. It will also help you want to get your work done because you won’t want to look like a dismal failure in front of your friends and family!
7) Always do your best. This means taking pride in your work. As an author you have a right to be proud. Most people view authors as celebrities regardless of what you write. Doing your best means you have something to be proud of, and that pride will help to generate excitement and keep you motivated!
8) Look how far you’ve come! Take a moment to reflect on all you’ve accomplished with your booklets and in your business. Looking back will give you new ideas and motivate you to move forward!
9) Clean up your work environment. Once upon a time my own work environment was a disaster! Then, I moved into a new office and fixed it all up and I keep it very clean. Now it’s a pleasure to go to work! Your surroundings can motivate you or bring you down. Make sure yours are doing the former!
10) Find the meaning in what you do. Who are your booklets and other products helping? How will your work benefit others? What happens if you quit? Looking at how others are impacted because of your work is another way to stay motivated and get excited about each new day.
And there you have it! The next time you find yourself dragging your feet to get your work done remember this list! I hope it helps to spark your excitement again and freshen things up.
Can you think of anything to add to the list? I welcome your comments!
To your riches,
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