Motivating Yourself When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

From the time we were able to start to understand things to today, there have been rewards and consequences for our actions. If we got bad grades in school then there were consequences, but if we got good grades everything was fine. If we kept showing up late to work, we could potentially get fired. Everything in life has always revolved around this principle-an accountability structure.

Then somewhere down the line, we decide to embark in entrepreneurship-we start up a small business, get into network or affiliate marketing and want to become our own boss. This is great, but for most of us, myself included, we don’t know how to motivate ourselves when we feel like  doing nothing or want to take some time off that we can’t afford to take yet. Because we are essentially our own boss, if we don’t show up for “work” we let ourselves off the hook and let it slide. If we didn’t get X amount of customers or new team members by when we said we would, we don’t have someone lecturing us and asking “what happened?”

Transitioning from the employee state of mind to the other side of becoming a entrepreneur is hard. We don’t have anyone watching over our every move, making sure the job is getting done. We haven’t got any consequences in place-except we know the business isn’t going to get far if the work isn’t being put in. So the question then is HOW do we motivate ourselves on those days we just really don’t feel like showing up?

I recently watched this video from Eric Worre- he explains it best…

Basically we need to create some kind of accountability structure-just like the one we had before we got involved in our business. There are four easy steps that anyone can do:

  1. Write down your goals. Whatever it is you want to accomplish, write it down and be specific. This is like a business plan. Every business has one-they know what to expect or know approximately how much money will be coming in within the next year. For your business you should too. You should know about how much you’d be making by next year, how many new customers you’ll have or how many new team members you would have added to the team or even which rank you will be at. A specific goal would look something like: “By January 1, 2017 I will have 15 new customers, 5 new team mates and have hit X rank” It should include a date and whatever you want done by then Aka the goal.
  2. Tell everyone! What’s a goal without telling everyone you know? Tell your friends, proclaim it on social media, let your family know, speak about it to your team. When other people know your goals, in the back of your mind, now you have a little bit of accountability going on. Because you’re thinking now everyone knows, now I have to get it done. If you don’t get it done, people will probably start asking “Hey what’s going on with that business, are you hitting X rank yet? How many people you have, how much money have you made now?” I know I’ve had this happen. I told my friends and family that I was getting 2 new team members by the end of the month, and by the middle of it, they were starting to ask me what was going on with that.
  3. Create the rewards. Here is where you can make the rewards for hitting your proclaimed goal. It doesn’t have to be huge rewards in the beginning; you can just treat yourself to a spa day, take the family to a movie, treat yourself and your spouse to a date night or whatever you like. Something simple as going to get an ice-cream could be a reward. Later as your business grows, you can make the rewards bigger-like getting a new car, going on vacation, getting a boat, or even upgrading your house! 😉
  4. Create the pain. This is the most important one of all. This-creating consequences- is what is REALLY going to motivate you to take action on your said goals. You need to think of something you hate doing or wouldn’t be able to stand doing, or would die before it happened. (not literally, of course!!) Your pain could be if until you don’t do XYZ you have no TV at all. Or until XYZ you have to do 50 push-ups every night. Until XYZ, you sleep with your dog on the floor, you can’t use your ac/heat in the house, or you have to eat something you hate (mushrooms, seafood, spicy jalapenos, etc)  Whatever will motivate you to make sure you aren’t experiencing the consequences so you’ll get the job done.

Creating this structure will help you get your business going. But you must stick with it, you can’t let yourself “slide this time” or get off the hook. If you want to make sure you’re not letting yourself slide, have an accountability partner. This could be a fellow team member , your spouse or a friend. If want even more help to keep your goals then check out stickk.com That way, there is NO way of you slipping up. Until you reach your overall goal, you should be treating your business as a job. Set your “working hours” and put those consequences and rewards in place!

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