You are human.
As am I.
I wanted to warn you about the dangers of motivation. Or, the inherent flaw in looking outside of yourself for a driver, or a nudge, to keep building a successful business.
At the end of the day, you want inspiration to flow from within, versus grasping for outside sources to motivate you.
Being human though, you will need a motivational kick in the pants here and there to stay on course.
I wanted to share 5 tips that helped me remain motivated enough to write and self-publish 126 eBooks, to create thousands of videos between Facebook and YouTube and to build my dream life of circling the globe as an island hopping pro blogger.
Note: if you’re regularly needing motivation daily, for weeks at a time, you are likely in trouble. This means you either picked the wrong business or perhaps you’re being driven predominantly by money, success or some other outcomes-based driver.
If your motivation seems to be dying, start with tip #1.
#1 Seize The Double F’s
Follow your fun. Follow your freedom.
I love blogging. I love traveling. I feel free as a bird when writing about blogging and when circling the globe.
I rarely if ever lack motivation to do what I love doing.
You likely feel the same way.
You only lose motivation when you move from fun to fear and from freedom to finances as your prime drivers.
Follow your passion, business-wise. Avoid doing stuff mainly for money, or because you fear losing everything if you don’t do certain things.
My work day is really my play day, and I always feel motivated to play, every day.
#2 Follow a Strict Morning Routine
I never get used to the brilliantly cold, biting jet of water that hits my back during my morning cold shower.
But since adhering to this practice I rarely lack motivation.
Life is an energy game. Top entrepreneurs raise their energy through a series of morning rituals, practiced before starting their business day.
Ya know how Abe Lincoln said, if he has 6 hours to chop down a tree, he will spend 4 hours sharpening the axe? Motivated entrepreneurs elevate their energy and do things from a fun, loving, dynamic space by sharpening their axe with a strict morning routine.
I meditate, spend 1 minute in a cold shower, exercise for a few minutes, stretch, and ready 1 line from A Course in Miracles to get my energy right for every day.
My online success has increased exponentially since following a morning routine daily.
#3 Study Driven Individuals
Driven people leave clues.
Whether they adhere to a strict morning routine or simply do something most other entrepreneurs seem to miss, you will learn how to remain motivated by observing how successful, motivated entrepreneurs behave.
After following icons like Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss, I learned how most top entrepreneurs follow a morning routine diligently. Maybe strategies change from person to person but most highly successful business owners set aside a few minutes to an hour on waking to prep for their day.
#4 Surround Yourself With Happy, Successful People
Hanging out with happy, inspired and successful folks lifts my energy.
I find it hard to become demotivated when surrounded by motivated individuals.
Find top entrepreneurs in your niche. Take the vetting process one step further. Ask yourself, “Are these folks happy?”
I am blessed because my blogging mentors are guys like Zac Johnson and Darren Rowse. These guys are driven, cheery and successful mentors.
By following high energy blogging big dawgs I feast on their energy.
Perhaps I experience a low energy moment here and there. Reading an inspired post or listening to a helpful podcast can instantly lift me up.
Follow happy pros. Seek out successes from your niche. Recharge during low moments by allowing these energetic dynamos to pick you up.
#5 Work off of the Clock
This one is a favorite of mine.
By working off of the clock, I detach a bit from any one activity which keeps me inspired, fresh and energized.
I used to lose motivation by spending too much time on any one activity, feeling bogged down by that single task.
Now I hop in and out of blogging tasks every 30 to 60 minutes. This practice cultivates an air of detachment about my work and also helps me remain motivated.
About the Author
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.