Staying motivated

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Staying motivated

  1. 1. Staying Motivated 3 Keys to keep going when you feel stuck
  2. 2. Feeling stuck—it happens to all of us <ul><li>The phone stops ringing </li></ul><ul><li>Writer’s block </li></ul><ul><li>Unforeseen expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Physical exhaustion </li></ul>
  3. 3. 3 Keys to get moving and keep going <ul><li>Measurability </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Novelty </li></ul>
  4. 4. Measurability <ul><li>That which is measured improves ~ Peter Drucker </li></ul><ul><li>If you are not keeping score…how do you win? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Common measures for entrepreneurs <ul><li>Number of new clients, accounts, sales, units sold, deals negotiated </li></ul><ul><li>Dollars earned, lost, invested, saved </li></ul><ul><li>Prizes, awards, recognitions </li></ul>
  6. 6. Accountability <ul><li>Accountability partner– knows what your goals are and asks you regularly about your progress. You can count on them to ask. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sample accountability questions
  8. 8. Novelty—What’s new? <ul><li>Both the mind and body respond to novelty—new tests and “stretches”. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about weight loss plateaus, writer’s block, or stale ad campaigns </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ways to introduce novelty <ul><li>Join a new group or association – attend meetings you have previously neglected </li></ul><ul><li>Read new information and APPLY it to your business </li></ul><ul><li>Start a new exercise routine </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to cook something totally different </li></ul><ul><li>Actively search for ways to step out of your comfort zone </li></ul>
  10. 10. Staying motivated and getting unstuck—extra ideas <ul><li>Ask yourself if you need to quiet your mind (yoga, prayer, meditation) or stimulate your thoughts (reading, webcasts, conversation) </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in a quick pressure valve activity—a walk or run, a board game, listening to music, hot bath </li></ul><ul><li>Revisit the “game plan”—sometimes being stuck is a signal that you need to change direction </li></ul>

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