As much as we would love to quit our regular day job and work our entrepreneurial endeavors full time, we can’t because we still need to put food on the table and keep that roof over our heads. Statistics vary from industry to industry, but we feel it’s safe to say 80% of people involved in some form of entrepreneurship also work full time 9 to 5 jobs. You might be wondering,
“How do I stay motivated after a long grueling day at work? All I wanna do is eat and sit in front of the TV for a few hours.”
It may seem cliché, but figuring out your “why” you’re “reasoning” for doing something is a significant factor in your success. There may be times when there are things that need to be done that you might not necessarily want to do. A great example of doing something you might not want to do is get up early and go to the gym. It’s your “motivation” for getting out of bed in the morning. (The losing weight part at the gym.) Whatever you want to call it, motivation, reasoning, or you’re why you must take ample time to figure out what that is. Figuring this out needs to be your top priority because, without it, your success cannot be guaranteed.
In both of Napoleon Hill’s classic books “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Law of Success in 16 Lessons” specifically talks about getting in touch with what you desire most and developing a burning desire for achieving it to the point that it becomes an obsession. Both books are highly recommended.
So, what do you really want? What’s your motivation for wanting it?
Assuming that we follow Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs as a template for human behavior, our primary needs must be met before we can successfully move on to our other needs, wants, and desires. Our basic needs will always be; food, water, shelter, clothing, rest, safety, and security. Most people don’t have a problem providing for their own basic needs, but as human beings, we always want more out of life, and the harsh reality is that we know we need more money for that to happen.
The three most important questions you can ask yourself are; what do I really want? Why do I want it? And why is it so important that I get it?
Let’s go a little deeper and look at this another way. Suppose you already have your basic needs met, that’s great! Intuitively, your next move will always be to satisfy your psychological needs, such as; friends and close intimate relationships, a feeling of accomplishment, higher self-esteem.
This will look different for every person. One person may choose to pursue entrepreneurship because they enjoy interacting with a specific type of client, while another person may choose entrepreneurship to upgrade their relationships and support network.
During your journey towards achieving success, you will encounter obstacles, some small and others not so small. The challenges you face are there for a specific reason, and smart people know that by analyzing these challenges and seeing the bigger picture is vitally important to becoming successful.
You must have a strong enough reason for voluntarily subjecting yourself to additional work after work. It must become something of an obsession.
So what is it that you really want and why do you want it? Can you tell someone what it is within 100 words?
What about the last dynamic of Maslow’s equation? Your self-actualization or self-fulfillment needs, which encompasses achieving your full potential and unleashing your creating potential.
You never know who is watching you and you shouldn’t be concerned about who is watching you. Your job is just to face your challenges and overcome them. Sooner or later, someone will get inspired by your story and begin pursuing their goals and aspirations when they previously thought it would be fruitless. Inspiring others is one of the best things that can happen, and you never know what they’ll go on to achieve.
Take some time to observe highly successful people and look at how they struggled for years when first starting out. Having a strong desire and reason for achieving it is what has helped push them through challenging times. Their challenges made them stronger and more resilient.
It’s really the simplest of things that make the most significant difference when it comes to success and staying motivated. Most people will try and look for that one specific technique or thing that will set them free, they keep looking for advanced techniques and concepts to pursue thinking that it will give them a competitive advantage when the harsh reality is, and there isn’t one. It’s the simple things that work best.
We’re talking about things such as; vision or dream boards, writing down your goals and motivations on paper, investing time and energy into visualizing, into learning new skills and building meaningful relationships with mentors and coaches. Pictures, reading inspiring success related books and associating with people who support you.
Most people will try a few simple things and after a short period of time abandon it because they think “this is too easy, there’s no way focusing on the simple things that will keep me motivated will work forever. I need something more advanced that works faster.” There is a plethora of scientific research that supports that fact that doing simple things to keep yourself motivated will outlast and outperform the fast and furious “so-called” advanced approach.
You and your immediate family should be a top priority, always! Once your basic and psychological needs are being met with relative ease, then it’s time to focus on getting more. All great entrepreneurs know this, and their ultimate goal is to put as much space between their basic needs and self-fulfillment needs. The freedom and security you experience as a result of your hard work and dedication is the buffer between your lower-level needs and higher-level needs. Money goes a long way towards achieving this and having a deeply ingrained reason for why is of vital importance.
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