When you’re running a business, one of the most powerful tools you have is self-motivation. People who are self-motivated don’t need to look outside themselves for something to give them a boost when things get difficult; They can draw from the motivation they have within!
Do you want to develop a sense of motivation that you can tap into at any time?
Whatever you may be striving for, set yourself up for success by working these 5 exercises into your everyday business routine.
#1 – Love the person you see in the mirror
This is the first step in being self-motivated: loving who you are and who you’ve become. Every morning provides the opportunity to accept who you are!
When you start your day, use the following phrases to reaffirm your love for the person you see in the mirror.
- Even though I sometimes make mistakes, I am a great person. I love myself unconditionally and accept myself as I am.
- I have qualities and talents that make me unique and special – unlike anyone else in the world. I have value.
- I recognize my strengths and talents and forgive myself for my past mistakes. I acknowledge that I am worthy and deserve all the good things in life.
- Today, I give myself permission to be greater than my insecurities. I love myself totally and completely. I accept myself just the way I am. I am a fine person and deserve a good life.
After speaking these affirmations aloud, remind yourself that you’re here for a bigger mission (even though you might not be aware of it just yet).
When you remind yourself of these truths, you restore the peace of mind that comes with self-acceptance.
Doing this daily will help you engrain self-acceptance into your soul and your mind, and give you the foundation for staying motivated when hard times come your way.
#2 – Write down your accomplishments
The next step in creating a foundation for self-motivation is recognizing that things happen in their own time. Accept this fact, and accept where you are in life.
When you embrace this, you’ll become more comfortable with what you’ve already achieved and gain momentum to strive for even greater things at your own pace.
You can become more comfortable with where you are in your business journey by celebrating th
At the end of each day, write a list of all the things you’ve achieved, big and small. Then, at the end of the week (or month), combine your lists and look at the work you’ve accomplished.
Celebrating small wins can make it easier see tangible progress, and each pat on the back will give you a boost to keep going. Doing this can also help you refine your overall objectives so that bigger goals are easier to achieve, and you can tackle it win by win, day by day.
#3 – Surround yourself with positive energy
This energy comes from the activities you do and the people you surround yourself with. When you surround yourself with positive energy, you can’t help but maintain positivity!
At least once a day, take time to recharge your batteries with some positive energy and maintain the self-motivation you need to move forward.
A few ways you can boost the energy around you:
- Watch a movie that empowers or uplifts you.
- Spend time with a positive person or positive people.
- Do something that makes you smile.
You can maintain the positive energy you need to make it through even the most difficult days by smiling. Take advantage of every opportunity to smile!
You’re sure to smile more if you seek out happy people to spend time with because their demeanor will emanate to you.
Make time for friends and family and enjoy their company often. The laughter you share together will outlast the moment and help you keep up the momentum to move forward, even in difficult times.
#4 – Help others from the goodness of your heart
When you help someone from the goodness of your heart (instead of for personal gain or recognition), it can impact everyone involved in a positive way.
Seeing the difference that you can make in another person’s life is inspiring. Impacting someone else’s well-being can make you feel worthwhile, and it can encourage you to keep helping others.
It can also broaden your horizons and boost your motivation. When you help someone, you may learn how to do something new, experience new feelings, or make a new friend.
If someone declines your help, that’s alright — you made the effort to assist them, and that’s what’s important. On the other hand, when people ask for your help, remember: they’re looking to you for support. You want to help others because it enriches both your life and your business.
As a giving person, you’ll set a good example for those around you. Regardless of the situation, you’ll be able to step in and make a difference for someone else (as well as yourself), simply by offering a helping hand.
#5 – Focus on smaller goals
Reaching for and missing broad, unrealistic goals can be very de-motivating. When you’re unreasonable with your capabilities, you end up feeling disappointed when you miss the mark.
Instead of putting yourself in a situation where you’ll come out unhappy, break down your large goal into smaller, more tangible ones and tackle it piece by piece.
Each day, focusing on accomplishing small goals will get you several steps closer to success. A few steps are always better than standing still. There’s no need to stop moving because a goal seems too grand – break it down into steps that are easier for you to accomplish that week or that day.
Whenever you achieve a goal, large or small, celebrate it!
Proving to yourself that you can do it will motivate you to keep going.
How to Add Self-Motivating Routines to Your Day
Approach this daily regimen in the same way a professional sports player approaches training day.
- What are your goals for the day?
- What can you achieve when you hit each target?
- What do you focus on when you feel like giving up?
You are your biggest supporter. Tell yourself you’re worth every bit of success that comes your way and begin building your self-motivated business mindset with these 5 daily routines.
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