Sometimes we may struggle to stay motivated and focused.
There are a million different distractions surround us to easily take us off track. When this happens, we lose productivity. As entrepreneurs, this is a BIG loss. Time is precious and we don’t want to lose it by failing to stay focused. I find that motivation and focus work together as a team. The same is true whether you are really motivated or you lose your motivation- you can easily lose focus.
When I am really motivated, every new idea is exciting and something I want to act on now. This can lead to many trips down rabbit trails that lead to nowhere. This inevitably results in frustration, discouragement, burn out, and ultimately costs you your motivation to keep going.
When lack of motivation exists, finding all kinds of reasons not to work on what needs to get done is easy. This is especially true when you are prone to taking on too many tasks at once.
So what can be done?
The number one thing that works for me, which not only helps maintain motivation but also improves my focus, is this: I ask myself why I started this business in the first place.
I am quickly reminded of the alarming numbers of people that seem to be lost and floating about in unfulfilling careers with no sense of contribution, joy, or clear direction. I remind myself of what it felt like to be there. This quickly motivates me to get my message out there and to help these people that are struggling. I keep this mission or vision in front of me. Scriptures say “Where there is no vision the people perish.” This helps to show that keeping the vision before you is so important. Several scriptures express the importance of keeping your eye on the prize. For me, I find no greater motivator than to see the high need out there and to get to work meeting that need.
What is your vision? Let us know in the comments below.
Stephanie O’Brien helps people in their twenties and thirties uncover their passions and their purpose in order to live an abundant life that is blessed with fulfilling and enriching work. Her goal is to enrich, encourage, and empower the quarter-life age group to achieve the life and career of their dreams by providing you with inspiring, motivating, and practical content rich with the latest career trends, valuable resources, interview tips, real life success stories, and more!