It’s been twenty-five years since Zig Ziglar reminded me that motivation follows action. Twenty-five years later I don’t remember which book or tape the statement came from, but I remember the statement as if I read it, or heard it this morning. I think the reason that statement crawls in and out of my conscious thoughts is because it is so profound. Everything we hear and read about motivation is geared toward getting things started. Mostly, getting other people started.
I believe the importance of this as a motivational factor is not being used properly in this industry. Reasons for failure are due to the fact that many people starting out in this industry do not understand all the basic processes involved in planning a business and managing it on a day-to-day basis. More assistance is needed to assist home based business owners in this.
People are only motivated in the long run if they are doing something that is their passion or that interests them, something that they feel is meaningful. They must have a feeling of being part of a community. They must work for, be part of, and believe that they are working towards something much bigger than themselves. They must build a legacy. This legacy is not the life on the beach or travelling.
If you find yourself barely trudging along then revisit your reason for initially attempting to accomplish your goal. There is where you will find the source of your New content every week.
The second tip is to write down what you are doing each workout. How can you improve unless you know what you’ve done last time? You can’t. By keeping track of what you did last time, you now have the opportunity to improve on that and the added motivation to be a little better next workout. It also allows you to spot any weaknesses or things you need to improve on. An added benefit is it will make you less likely to skip your workout with this visual reminder.
The same principle applies to the home based business owner. He must know what he wants to achieve. He must have a plan on how he wants to get there and he has to monitor his progress daily.
Imagination is the essential ingredient. Maintain your imagination, feed it often, exercise it daily, and it will serve you well. When you do, inspiration will take its proper place and do exactly what it is designed to do – feed the fire.