5 Simple Tips to Stay Motivated

Last night Larry and I arrived back home around 10:30 p.m. after a long day flying home from Vegas. Our short layover in Detroit got a lot longer once the snow began to fall and we ended up leaving an hour later than scheduled for the quick flight to the Flint airport which is only 20 minutes from our home. Four hours after landing in Detroit we started questioning how sane we were to book a connecting flight when we could have been home 2 1/2 hours earlier if we had flown out of Detroit.  Finally fell into bed around midnight and set the alarm for 6:00 a.m. this morning so I could get ready for our Rotary Board Meeting which began at 7:30 a.m.

Once I got home from the Board meeting Ireally wanted to go back to bed but I looked at my schedule and everything I had to do today and said to myself, “well, that’s not going to happen!” So here I am knocking out this newsletter, getting ready for a webinar tonight and another one next Tuesday night and trying to get a few edits done on my new motivational book that’s coming out this year! All this AND I REALLY DON’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING!

What about you? Do you find yourself lagging behind because you can’t get yourself motivated to begin (or end) a project? If you do, here’s a few simple tips I use to make sure I stay motivated to get things done!

1. Get Focused & Write it Down . If you bask in the glory of your accomplishments like I do than it is crucial for you to have lists. Lists of projects, lists of goals and deadlines for anything that’s on the list. If it’s on my list IT WILL GET DONE on or before the deadline (most of the time). I’m human too and I’ve been know to extend the deadline if I needed to in order to have the project “done right” not just “done.”

2. Get some exercise. A ll right, I know some of you are ready to scream at me right now because you don’t feel like you have any time to exercise but what if you did? Would you do something to get yourself moving? In order to make sure I get my exercise in before the daily grind I do my exercising first thing in the morning. I know I’ll have a much more productive day if I get 30 minutes of exercise in the morning. It will also help you be more alert all day long.

3. Listen to Motivational CDs or Read Motivational Books. People often ask me, “who motivates the motivator?” I listen to Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy and the late Jim Rohn just to name a few. I invest more in my mental well-being in a year than most people do in their lifetimes. I never take a walk, ride my bike or exercise without listening to something motivational or educational. Using this method you can combine 2 & 3 together for an instant pick-me-up!

4. Learn from people who are or have been where you want to be. In this new rapidly changing age of technology you have to be careful who you follow and who you learn from. Many people are great at telling you what to do but not how to do it. Make sure you follow people who have had results (not just one time results either) and who can teach you how to have the same results. When I was in direct selling I went to our number one leader and asked her what she did (and I wasn’t even on her team.) I did what she told me, plus added a few things of my own and started my quest to be the best leader I could be.

5. Keep it in Balance. I’ve done the working from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. thing before and I know I’m not a happy camper when I do! I’ve been a crazy woman when I was working on earning a company trip and I remember one time when the laundry didn’t make it off the table downstairs for at least a couple weeks. Heck, they were lucky it was laundered let alone folded and put away! Sometimes, when I’m getting close to a deadline I start getting a little crazy again and I lose my sense of peace and harmony. I know I can’t keep up at the current pace and so I do what I need to do to get my life in balance again. I might take a long walk, read a novel, take a nice long bath while listening to something that will calm and soothe me. Once I’ve had some “me time” I feel better again. You can only put yourself off for so long and then you’ll become resentful of whatever it is that’s not in balance so work on this as often as you need to and you’ll find you be more motivated than ever before.

The faster pace of today’s world brings with it many challenges for keeping motivated and on track in our personal and professional life. Learning to say “NO” or “Give me 24 hours to think about it before I give you my decision” will go a long way toward helping you have the time to do some of the things YOU WANT TO DO. When you are focused on doing what’s best for yourself as well as for others you won’t have much trouble staying motivated. If all else fails, TAKE A VACATION!

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