Let’s talk about staying motivated. It isn’t always easy to do. How do you stay on track? How do you hold on to your initial excitement? How do you keep focused? Life just seems to want to beat us down sometimes. These are a couple tips I use to fight back.
Each day, make a list of what you need and can accomplish on that day – things you can enjoy crossing off. It’s important to list tasks you can actually get done that day; it’s better to be prudent and realize you can’t get everything done than to feel disappointed with what you have finished (in the face of so many other tasks!). I usually finish the easiest tasks first, so I start to see that I’m making progress.
Keep a different list of long-term goals in front of you – visually. Post that list somewhere you see it frequently. Sometimes we get so distracted finishing our day-to-day chores that we forget the bigger picture. Start planting those seeds by making and posting that list. It’s important also to be aware and clear about your longer goals; what do you really want to achieve? I’ve been trying to reach this one particular person for about a year now. It’s taken a long time and it’s often been frustrating. But I kept chipping away at the process and I think I’m finally going to get there! Some days you’re not going to feel great about what you’re doing, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Avoid people who are negative or constantly have “bad days”. Their energy will drag you down instead of lifting you up.
Return to a book or quote that inspires you frequently. It could even be just a few words, or a friend you talk to who grounds you and together you can look at the big picture.
Keep pushing forward! Remember to take a breath sometimes and do something else that challenges you and excites you! Don’t forget your other passions too.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed
over 20 products in the past 30 years. Along with business partner
Andrew Krauss, Stephen runs inventRight,
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