It’s fair to say that most people have no shortage of motivation when they start out in a business, online or offline, whether that motivation comes from the prospect of being able to spend more time with the family, be your own boss or clear all your debts, but with 80% or more quitting within their first 90 days, it’s obvious that motivation alone is not enough. The problem with motivation is that it fluctuates on a daily basis. Why do you think the “Self – Help” industry is so big? So many people thrive on being “pepped-up” and told to “go for it” attending guru seminar after seminar, they become energized and motivated but without one vital ingredient, once away from that setting they fall back to “real” life with all its problems.
Zig Ziglar made a keen observation on this saying “Motivation doesn’t last, it’s true, but neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily”. However, if you are relying on motivation alone to push you into action, the chances are that you’ll give up when you encounter one of the many speed-bumps that life has a habit of throwing in your path.
The real secret to success starts with having a concrete vision of your goal and what you are prepared to sacrifice in order to achieve it. Making a grounded decision on your goal, and being properly informed on the pros and cons of that decision will color your answer to it, but bear in mind that “wanting to” and “meaning to” are streets away from a firm “I will!” In the same way as you would draw up a business plan, with a budget and checks and balances, write your goals down and commit your goals to paper, include just what striving for your goal may mean, in terms of sacrifices, like missing nights out with friends, or missing your favourite TV show etc. You want to get it shape? Fine, buy the best exercise bike and start working out. Also, importantly, include a time frame in which you intend to achieve these goals and use this a barometer of your progress.
Not even world class athletes get out of bed every morning eager to train and condition. But they have their end goal in sight and are prepared to do whatever it takes in order to achieve that goal. What sets them apart from most people is that they have made the decision to do what they need to do even when they don’t feel like doing it. The same should apply to your own goals. If your attitude to yourself and to others is “I’ll have a go!” the chances are that your end objective is not that important as you are not putting at the top of your list of priorities. Again the difference between “wanting” and “doing”!
So today, make the decision to review your goals and make the commitment to do what you need to do on a daily basis to get there – especially when you don’t feel like doing it. Like a dynamo engine, which is difficult to get going at first, but gets easier with built up energy, so the cycle of “action – learning – results – learning” will create a personal momentum that will keep you propelled forward even during the low-energy times. There is also the undeniable benefit that belonging to a supportive community, or team, can bring, which is certainly the case with The Six Figures.
What used to be fear will now turn to increasing measures of confidence as you achieve more consistent results, as a result of your actions, this will continue to grow as you see yourself being rewarded by the attainment of your goals. But remember the key is to take action, because aside from death and taxes there is one other thing you can be certain of – If you don’t start, it is a certainty that you will never arrive.