Finding Your Motivation
I've been living in a world between worlds lately. A state of limbo. It's not a bad thing. It's hazy, undefined, mysterious and unmapped.
With respect to business, the spicy flu (or whatever we're nicknaming it these days) did a number on my motivation and this has been the most preserving element of it's after effects. As a result I have spent a lot of time doing nothing and just sitting back.
Again, not necessarily a bad thing.
I don't think we sit back and contemplate enough. Unless we are forced to stop, it's too easy as entrepreneurs to skip those new moon evaluations or quarterly checkins with ourselves when we should be asking and considering on the regular:
Am I still passionate about this?
Is this still the right direction?
Who am I now seeking to impact?
What gets to change?
How am I making a difference?
Am I being intentional?
These questions are an important part of keeping your motivation alive and, crafting the road back when motivation gets waylaid as it is want to do. I'm constantly surprised that even when in business for years, you can still find yourself back at the drawing board and feeling as though the train has reached the last stop. However I have found that this feeling is but a flag that you need to switch tracks to grow, evolve, avoid stagnancy and keep the spirit in gear.
It's also key, if your motivation muscle or engine is momentarily stalled to manually prompt it by reminding yourself of the element that drives your personal motivation - achievement, power or affiliation. This is based one of the motivation theories.
To help reignite the spark, those whose motivation is driven by achievement should:
Journal around your specific goals
Schedule in regular checks on stats and re-visit past achievements
Actively encourage audience feedback in posts, stories etc.
Keep a folder of positive client reviews/feedback to bolster yourself as required
Those whose motivation is driven by power should:
Journal around the impact and influence you create
Keep on top of follower/viewer/engagement numbers across all your socials, email lists, client lists and reflect on the sheer number of people who you have touched with your work
Create goals around where you will be taking command in spaces within the next season of your business
Those whose motivation is driven by affiliation should:
Create goals around creating connections with others which link back to what you do
Consider how you can foster your community in what you do
Look at increasing opportunities for conversation and belonging with your audience and vice versa
Once you have a sense of what drives your motivation, you get to make a choice about whether or not you're going to take action and crank what drives your motivation until it's back to being automatically propelled on the daily.
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