How to stay motivated when things are not working out

September 23, 2020

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Has this ever happened to you?

You get an awesome idea, create a plan you feel so pumped and start breathing and living your idea 24/7. You feel like somebody lit the fire within you. You are so energized, motivated, you work on your idea non-stop, and then you hit a wall.

That obstacle looks so big that it instantly extinguishes your inner fire, you start doubting yourself, questioning your idea, your goals… And then it becomes so hard to make yourself work on this project again. You start procrastinating, coming up with some “urgent” things that prevent you from working on this idea, and eventually, this project gets tabled and end up on the same pile with all other awesome ideas that were never fully developed.

It’s really easy to stay motivated when things are good, but how you act when things are bad is what determines you and your life. Successful people are not superhumans, magicians, wizards, or geniuses. They are just people that stayed motivated to the end and finished what they started. 

Don’t beat yourself If you ever gave up when it was hard. That is normal, everybody does that. The important thing is not to keep repeating it all the time.

Here is how you can do that.

Set goals

Be very clear on your goals. Your goals are your compass, no matter what happens they will always point you in the right direction. 

Focus on one goal that is most important to you

When we are setting goals there is always at least one that influences others as well, that is your magic goal, the one that will have the biggest impact on your life. Focus on that one and work on it daily.

Change the way you see failure

Edison failed 1,000 times before he invented the light bulb. When he was asked how he felt about failing that many times, he said that he didn’t fail but learned 1,000 different ways how not to invent the light bulb. Stop seeing failure as something huge, it is just a process – you tried something, it didn’t work, and now you know not to repeat the same. Each failure is a new lesson. Once you start seeing failures this way you will start to succeed more often.

Don’t do it alone

We are not meant to live alone, that is why we have friends, families, partners… Having an accountability partner is an awesome way to keep yourself on track. An accountability partner will keep reminding you of your goals, keep you focused on important things, regularly check on you and your results. On the other hand, you will feel more obligated to get results because there is somebody else who is expecting that from you, and we never want to disappoint other people.

How are you keeping yourself motivated? Share your story with me!

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