As busy women entrepreneurs, it can often be difficult to stay motivated in our businesses with all of the distractions of life, such as kids, significant others, home duties, meals, meetings, etc. It’s so easy to become preoccupied with all of those other aspects of life.
As for me, I’m trying to get most of my work done at home when my girls are at school, which means that I need to somehow keep my focus on the task at hand without distraction. Does this always happen perfectly? Do I always ignore the critter hair piled up in the corner or the requests for belly rubs from my little mutt?
Of course not.
Obviously, no one is perfect and we are all works in progress. We are all striving to do our best in this crazy world, right? That means that it’s more important to focus on progress, NOT perfection.
I would like to share some simple (which doesn’t always mean easy) tips to stay motivated in your business (and in your life).
Tips to stay motivated:
1) Get up and MOVE!
Seriously. This doesn’t mean you have to spend an hour breaking a sweat lifting massive amounts of weight or running 5 miles every day. I’m talking about just getting up and walking around either inside or out (bonus points for getting fresh air at the same time). Or doing 10 jumping jacks. Or maybe a minute of squats.
Take multiple small breaks throughout the day and move around to get the blood flowing through your body and brain. Even just 1-2 minutes can make a massive difference in how you function the rest of the day. Movement doesn’t always mean a formal workout. We were created to move all day, but not necessarily with just strenuous activity.
Think of it as incorporating mini circuits throughout your day. As an example, I set a timer for one hour while I’m working. After that hour, I step away from my desk and do some sort of movement for about a minute or so and then go back to my work for another hour. That way, I have programmed breaks and am much more effective and efficient in what I’m doing. Plus, those mini breaks also act as self care breaks, an extra bonus.
2) Know your big WHY!
This one is KEY! Think about it. If you aren’t laser clear on why you’re doing something, how are you going to stay motivated to do it when times get tough? When you feel like quitting. When you’re questioning if you’re qualified enough to do this. When you say “Who am I to think I can do this?” (the classic imposter syndrome).
When thinking of your big “why,” be sure to keep it strong, clear and oriented toward the future. Be super specific about what results you want to achieve and how that will benefit you later on. Maybe you want financial freedom, so that you can take 2-3 months off during the year to travel. Perhaps you want to buy a house with cash. Or reach a hundred thousand women with your message (a dream of mine).
Do you see how specific and powerful those “why’s” are? That is what is needed to keep you moving forward, instead of driving you backward.
3) WRITE it down!
Did you know that you are at least 40% more likely to accomplish something if you write it down? It’s true. The simple act of just writing them down, rather than thinking about them, creates a visual motivator of what it is that you want to accomplish. By doing that, your conscious brain and subconscious brain begin to work together on getting it DONE. That’s why it’s so important to write down your goals.
You might do this annually or quarterly or monthly, whatever works best for you. I have started writing down larger annual goals and then smaller monthly goals. That way, I know what I’m working towards both in the short term and long term.
When writing goals, once again, it’s important to be specific. Don’t just say you want to get more clients in the next few months. Say that you want to get ten more clients in the next two months. That’s a specific goal that can actually be measured and attained.
You can write your goals down on paper, note cards, in a binder, in your notes on your phone, in a digital document, on a tattoo (just seeing if you’re still paying attention, LOL), etc. I would suggest having them written in multiple places, so that you can see them on a daily basis wherever you are. Maybe have them written/printed out by your desk and also have a reminder on your phone to view them when you’re out. The more you see your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them.
Once you decide on a system that you’re most comfortable with, be consistent about it! That’s the only way you’re going to stay motivated. Review those goals you wrote down and decide if they need to be adjusted every so many months or so. Obviously, they aren’t set in stone and will likely evolve over time, as your business grows and changes. And that’s okay.
There you have it! Your simple tips to stay motivated in business. I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know how you plan to implement these tips, along with any others you have to keep yourself on track.
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Before I became a stay-at-home-mom and Beautycounter Consultant, my business was education; I was a high school English teacher for ten years. The most common writing advice I ever gave to my students was this: write about a pebble. The idea comes from educator Nancy Atwell’s book In the Middle, and essentially means to think smaller and be more specific. Don’t try to write about all the pebbles on the beach; write about one. The result will be a much more vivid, descriptive and meaningful piece of writing.
I gave this advice recently to the daughter of a friend working on her college essay. Born in Columbia, she wanted to share her struggles with her identity as an American immigrant, and ultimately how she came to embrace this identity and help others in similar situations. Her 500-word draft attempted to cover her entire life, generalizing her feelings and experiences and summarizing the lessons she learned along the way.
I told her to write about a pebble. Instead of writing about her whole life, I told her to focus on a moment. She mentioned in her essay that she was a member of her school’s muti-culturall club, and mentioned a multi-cultural fair which she had helped organize. I told her to talk about that moment: describe the room, the people, the food, the conversations and her reflections on how she came to be there. That moment should be her essay. What resulted was a much more detailed and unique piece of writing that would set her apart in a crowded field of applicants.
In my work now with Beautycounter, I think about pebbles often. Instead of memorizing the 1500 chemicals on our Never List of ingredients, I focus on educating my customers about fragrance and other endocrine disrupting chemicals because eliminating those ingredients was what led me to Beautycounter in the first place. I don’t have to be an expert on 1500 chemicals. I can write about a pebble and speak from my own healing journey.
A health coach I met through Evolve mentioned to me over coffee one afternoon that she was not going to venture into social media just yet. Her focus instead was face-to-face meetings and networking. She was focused on that pebble and making space for the richness of building meaningful relationships.
Where in your life or your business can you think smaller or be more specific? Where can you write about a pebble?
Is your goal to eat healthier? Focus on breakfast. Find 5 recipes that look delicious and add those to your repertoire.
Want to move more? Walk, run or jump rope for ten minutes a day.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the information you want to share about your business or products? Start asking questions to potential clients to see what they want to know. Let them tell you what specific information they need, and then share that pebble.
Don’t be afraid to think smaller. There is magic in those small details just waiting to be discovered.
As a photographer and woman on the go, these tools keep me organized and focused and help me manage time. These apps “cross-pollinate” to all 4 of my Apple devices, so I can pick up any one and make things happen! That’s huge for my productivity!
Here are a few tools I use in my business every day to keep me focused and productive:
Logging Goals and Details in my Calendar App:
(This habit started from participating in Evolve’s Excel accountability program)
These tools help me every day run a successful business, stay focused, and to be able to fully help my clients see the best versions of themselves!
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Your Brain is Lying to You.
This week I am sad to say that I coached several people on their fear of not being enough.
Not thin enough
Not pretty enough
Not smart enough
Not masculine enough
Not successful enough
Not organized enough
Just not good enough
Let's settle this once and for all.
Being enough is not a real thing.
If it was, who decides that we are enough?
Where is the dividing line of enough /not enough?
Are babies enough?
At what point in that baby's life does he/she become not enough?
Ask yourself these questions. They don’t make sense.
And yet, we all FEEL unworthy at times.
Because every one of us has a brain that tells us that we are not enough.
And our brains will lie to us all day long.
My client’s are being real. They are being honest. They are being human.
This is a question that we all wrestle with. Our deepest fear is that we aren’t lovable or worthy enough to love and live well.
And It is normal. Nothing is wrong with you. It is exactly what is supposed to happen.
It is the job of our very well intentioned but somewhat misguided brain to protect us.
Each and every one of us have a brain that is hard wired to tell us that we are not enough in order to prevent us from doing anything that it considers risky, hard or just plain uncomfortable.
Our job is to simply understand how our brain works and then lovingly supervise it. We get to be in charge. We get to decide to stop using up our energy wondering if we are enough. It robs us of the energy that we need to get where we want to go.
THE QUESTION HAS ALREADY BEEN ANSWERED.
We were created to live and to love and to do it in our own unique way. We each have inherent value simply because we are alive.
CHOOSE to Believe it. FEEL your worthiness.
DECIDE to never entertain the question of your worthiness again.
DECIDE to love your life, your body, your job, your business right now.
DECIDE to take the energy that you spent feeling bad about yourself and now spend it on creating the life that you ARE worthy of.
Decide to do it from a place of love, joy and fun. It doesn’t have to be hard.
Consider this your personal invitation to love and to create the life of your dreams. All it takes is a decision.
Choose to have an amazing day worthy of you!
BA., Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach
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