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How many times have you set a goal for yourself, but failed to achieve it? How many times have you started a project, but lost interest half-way through? How often do you feel like you just can’t seem to get motivated no matter what you do? If this sounds like you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. A lot of people struggle with motivation and focus. In this blog post, we will discuss some goal-setting strategies that will show you how to get motivated and stay focused on your goals.
In order to stay focused on your goals, you need to set realistic goals, have a clear reason for why you want to achieve your goal, and break down your goals into smaller pieces. With these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to achieving anything you set your mind to.
Many businesses can be all-consuming. Staying focused on a business day in and day out can wear on one’s motivation and productivity. Keeping motivation charged up and burning bright can be the difference between a successful business and a failed one. Here are a few ways small business owners can keep their motivation in check
Get Motivated by Setting Goals
It’s hard to be productive and find motivation if the business does not have set goals. From the number of clients and amount of revenue to expansion plans and new products, knowing what the business needs to achieve in a set period of time will help motivate business owners to accomplish what needs to get done. Having a plan is essential to reach objectives.
One of the most important things you need to do in order to get motivated and stay focused on your goals is to set realistic goals. If you set unrealistic goals, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration. When setting your goals, be sure to make them specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).
What is your why?
Simon Sineck start with why
Another important thing to keep in mind is that you need to have a clear reason or motivation for why you want to achieve your goal. Without a clear reason, it will be difficult to stay motivated when things get tough. Ask yourself what your goal will do for you and how it will help you in your life. When you have a clear reason for why you want to achieve your goal, it will be much easier to stay motivated and focused.
Monitor Progress for Motivation
Once the goals and time line are set, it’s important to keep tabs on how many accomplishments have been reached. Reaching even the smallest achievement can have a snowball effect. It will stoke the flames of motivation. So on either a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, be sure to compare progress to the established goals of the business.
If you find yourself struggling to stay motivated, there are a few things you can do to get yourself back on track. First, take a look at your goals and make sure they are still relevant to you. If they are no longer relevant, then it’s time to set some new goals. Second, take a look at your reason for wanting to achieve your goal. Is it still something that is important to you? If not, then you need to find a new reason. Finally, if you are having trouble staying focused on your goal, try breaking it down into smaller goals. This will make it seem more achievable and will help you to stay focused.
Try Something New – Or Do Nothing at All
Sometimes a new activity, research or attending a conference will get even the most procrastinating business owner motivated. But sometimes doing too much can lead to burn out and de-motivation. What’s the cure? Do nothing at all. Take a walk, read a book or meditate. Stepping away from work and the business can be very motivating. It can help recharge the batteries.
Brainstorm with Family, Friends or Colleagues
A lack of motivation can be due to a number of reasons. One way to get revitalized is to brainstorm new ideas with family, friends, colleagues or even clients. The best customers can offer some of the best ideas for how to take a business to the next level. Or, do some research, either by surveying customers or even doing some due diligence on what the competition is doing.
Stay Focused by Thinking Outside the Box
Innovation is the key to any successful business. It’s imperative to constantly think of new ways to do things, new products to offer, and most importantly, how to differentiate from the competition. Doing a pulse check on the competition is one way to keep finding innovative ways to keep the business growing and evolving.
In order for businesses to stay ahead of the pack, staying motivated and productive is essential. Remember to do what is necessary in order not to keep innovating. Here’s to continued success…and motivation!
If you follow these tips, you should be able to get motivated and stay focused on your goals. Just remember to be realistic, have a clear reason, and break down your goals into smaller pieces. With these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to achieving anything you set your mind to. T