How many of us make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or go to the gym? How many of us actually reach our goals?
This is a prime example of knowing WHAT to do but not staying motivated to actually DO it. Intellectually we all KNOW that eating healthy foods and exercising is the key to losing weight yet many of us never seem to stick with it (especially me when it comes to chocolate – yum!)
The same is true with growing your business. We all KNOW we should have a business plan and market our businesses consistently, yet life gets in the way and our plans never materialise or we take a break from marketing because we’re too busy handling our customers’ needs.
What can you do to help you stay on track and/or grow your business?
Enter the business coach.
A business coach can take different forms. It might be that parts of your business are doing fine, and you just need someone to help you in a specific area, say for example marketing.
Why have a business...
It kind of goes without saying that if you want to get somewhere you’ve got to have a plan. Very rarely do things work out properly on a wing and a prayer.
That was my problem when I set up my business in 1999, I didn’t really have a plan. I just did it.
It can be argued that because my business is still running nearly 21 years later, I did something right. But what you don’t know is what I’ve had to go through to keep it going. We’ll cover that on a later date.
These days I am laser focused. I set goals and work out a plan to achieve my goals.
If you’re seriously thinking about starting a virtual assistance business, or any other business for that matter, I strongly recommend you do the same.
One of my personal goals this year is to spend more time with my other half. It was brought home when he once said to me, “You don’t really live here, you’re more of a lodger”.
My relationship with Sam is especially important to me. I...
In my last blog I covered 5 ideas about how to get your motivation back. Here are six further ideas to win back your motivation and fall in love with your work all over again.
1. Align Your Work with Your Life Purpose
If you combine your area of genius with a deep, inner life purpose that drives you, regaining your motivation comes naturally.
Your life purpose is not external, like “teaching kids to play hockey”. That would just be a manifestation of what drives you. The sort of life purpose to identify and embrace is spiritual, even if you are not. It gives your life meaning. It’s something you want to live for every day, like “leading by example”.
Even if you don’t like journaling, this is a highly useful tool to embrace when you are on an inner journey. Articulating your thoughts on paper helps you quickly see through premises or statements that aren’t really true (just as it does if you talk about a topic in a group). It...
How do you help your clients to motivate themselves?
You ask questions, encourage them, call them out on avoidant or excuse-based behavior, praise them for steps forward. All of this you can apply to yourself – become your own client.
That’s one useful tip… and here are five more ideas to win back your motivation and fall in love with your work all over again.
1. Recognize that Goals and Paths are Two Different Things
You’ve been focusing on your goal but not really getting closer. Your business is much too busy, and you feel like you’re expending all your energy on clients.
If this is happening to you, you’ve likely wandered off the path towards your goal. Re-evaluate your path: Is it moving you forward? Are you letting yourself get caught on tangents?
Lack of progress can diffuse motivation. Rethink your path and set it up to really move you forward.
2. Create Checkpoints
Milestones or checkpoints – these are markers along the way...