Your current situation is not a reflection of your future. Choose to LIVE instead of Exist. Be thankful and happy for what you do have.
How many times have you heard the phrase “choose to live instead of exist”. Have you ever really stopped to think about what it means and how it applies to you and your life? It’s not just your personal life it’s also your business life. Just existing means you are often stagnant and just going with the flow, rather than taking initiative and making things happen. It’s as though you are surviving in a comatose type of state. Now if you decide you’re ready to start living, then that means you’re ready to start taking chances, setting goals, and really reaching for that next level. Sure it’s not going to be easy, and there are bound to be bumps along the way, but that’s part of living.
In this article we’ll take a look at ways you can get yourself motivated when it comes to your business life and start living rather than just existing. Remember, your current situation is not a reflection of your future, that’s up to you to decide. There are a number of motivational techniques a person can try, sometimes one works like a charm, while in other instances it’s a combination of techniques that seems to do the trick. It’s up to you to do a little experimenting, and before long you’ll start realizing you’re busy living rather than just existing. The key to success is motivation, so you can start the business of your dreams!
It’s amazing how motivated you can get once you start networking. If you’re looking to start your own business, this is even more important. Not only will you be making contacts within your industry, but you can also gain advice, tips, and support from these contacts, all of which will motivate you. Most large towns and cities have entrepreneur networks that you can join so you will be able to meet with others nearby and even in the same industry. Meetup is a great place to start with groups in most cities.
If you’re looking to conduct your networking through social media a great place to start is with LinkedIn. You may be familiar with LinkedIn but when was the last time you really used this site to promote your business profile. Think of this as a business person’s version of Facebook. By definition, from the LinkedIn Corporation, it “strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts”. Through this network you’ll be able to find contacts, customers, form new deals and partnerships, read up on business news, and more. This may be exactly the motivation and help you need to get you on your way.
Take Pride in Hard Work
Instead of shying away from work that seems “too hard” or “too time-consuming” take it on with gusto. Not only will it give you satisfaction when you complete it, but you’ll be living in the moment and taking charge of your business. Hard work is something that is valued and shown appreciation for, you customers and clients will love to see how much you’re willing to put into your business, as it’s a reflection of the service they will get from you.
Don’t Wait for Opportunities to Fall into your Lap
This is a perfect example of existing rather than living life. All too often people take the safe approach and just sit back and wait for opportunities to knock on their door. The fact of the matter is that not many successful businesses were built and expanded by the owner just sitting back and waiting for things to happen. Starting a new business means you are responsible for all the legwork and the grunt jobs that granted aren’t much fun. This is how you make opportunities happen though, you need to get out there and find them.
Action Tip: I never considered Twitter to be a good platform for business networking until a few years ago. I was amazed at how easy it is to connect with like-minded business owners and potential customers. You can’t be spammy and expect to see results on Twitter. I look at this platform as one big networking group. Everything I tweet is honest and genuine just like I’m having a conversation at a networking group event. I tweet about something I find funny, upcoming business events, inspiring quotes to help others and more. This is all about building virtual relationships while expanding your brand awareness. Do NOT over tweet your welcome. This will cause your followers to drop off as they become overwhelmed by the number of tweets you post each day. A couple tweets per day is plenty. I typically tweet mornings and afternoons. Keep it real.
Keep Your End Goal in Mind
After a long tough day this particular step can seem a bit tricky but it’s always important to keep your eye on the prize and keep your end goal in mind. This means reminding yourself why you’ve decided to start your own business in the first place, and what you hope it will be.
While all of the above mentioned techniques help you with staying motivated and choosing to live rather than just exist, it’s also important use additional techniques outside of work. Your personal health, both mentally and physically, is something you have to maintain. After all, when you’re the boss and the person running the show, you need to have the energy to do so. Obviously it can get pretty stressful.
If you feel the stress building it’s time to try out the following techniques:
- Step away from your desk for a few moments to clear your head
- Use breathing exercises to help you calm down. Many people struggle with how to stay calm and focused, try it.
- Be sure you’re getting enough sleep
- Add exercise into your daily routine
- Try to eat a well-balanced healthy diet so that you are energized. Cut back on sugar and junk food.
The Pomodoro Technique has helped people reduce stress and stay productive. Try it and see what works best for you.
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