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Best Motivational Video Ever – You Decide

There are a number of videos on YouTube that claim to be the best motivational video ever – could this be the one?  “Life isn’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward – how much you can take, and keep moving forward” – brilliant, thanks Rocky Balboa!

Do you have a favourite motivational video? “Don’t ever let anybody tell you, you can’t do something” – so true.

 

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Ways to Motivate Yourself As An Entrepreneur

Do you ever wonder what motivates entrepreneurs to be up first thing in the morning, work hard all day, be the last person to leave the office and to often end up thinking, talking and breathing their business? I’m not suggesting that thinking, talking and breathing your business is a good thing – we all need to be able to switch off to spend quality time with family and friends etc – but the motivation behind it is interesting. Here are three ways to motivate yourself as an entrepreneur brought to you by Moses Ma of Psychology Today. He describes the findings of research conducted at The School Of Human Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia where they explored the correlation of participation and adherence to physical exercise. These findings are then translated into entrepeneurial motivation.

Ways to Motivate Yourself As An Entrepreneur

Motivation For EntrepreneursFirst, to develop the level of motivation required for successful entrepreneurship, you need to spend time with other entrepreneurs and super-motivated individuals. In other words, stop hanging out with your naysaying loser friends, because these boat anchors will drag you down. Find friends who believe in you. Next, you should create a system of “co-accountability” with entrepreneurial partners to drive you toward success. This works for writers who join “writers bootcamps” and it’ll work for entrepreneurs as well.

Second, create a physical environment that supports entrepreneurship. For a business, create a brainstorming room, dedicated to your vision, that serves as a war room for driving your business toward that goal. For an individual, be innovative and design your ideal personal workspace forcreativity.

Third, let go of negative thinking. When you find yourself getting stuck in negative thoughts, try viewing your problems as an opportunity for you to grow. Find the gift in it. If you work at shifting the way you look at the experiences of your life, you’ll be surprised at how quickly your negative thought patterns will dissolve. It is entirely possible to achieve a state of natural happiness and optimism, and this will give you a whole lot more energy to work with than negativity.

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I couldn’t agree more with these ways to motivate yourself as an entrepreneur. Surrounding yourself by like-minded individuals boosts motivation like no other. The physical environment is key to creativity and innovation – if you’re surrounded by mess with little or no daylight for instance, your mind won’t go to work for you. The colour blue is meant to induce creativity – as is nature and exercise (but that’s a whole other article). The last point is so important. Negative influences can be detrimental to your progress as I have realised. When you can remove negative thinking and put a positive spin on every negative thought, it frees up your mind and you can focus your energy on whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.

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Ways To Focus And Motivate Yourself

If you struggle with motivation, then these ways to focus and motivate yourself, written by Donna M. White (LMHC, CACP) for Psych Central, are well worth a quick read. Motivation and focusing go hand in hand, as without one, the other will suffer. There are various reasons why people struggle with motivation, ranging from a lack of interest in the task in hand, lack of exercise, poor diet, depression, anxiety, fear of failure etc. A number of these reasons are easily remedied, but some are harder to fix. These tips may just change the way you think about your endeavors and help you get motivated.

Ways To Focus And Motivate Yourself

Ways To Focus And Motivate Yourself Whatever your reason for your lack of motivation, there are ways to get it back. These simple solutions may get you motivated in no time.

  • Weigh the cost of not getting the task done.

When you can’t think of a reasons to get up and get moving, think of what will happen if you don’t.  When we evaluate the costs of not getting something done the answer is usually something negative. If you’re not motivated to exercise, the costs could include gaining weight or health issues.  If you’re not motivated to go to work, the cost could include getting further behind.

  • Hang around inspiring, motivated people.

If I’m feeling lazy it sure doesn’t help if I’m hanging around other lazy people.  Surround yourself with other people who are motivated to do things.

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I liked the first point of these ways to focus and motivate yourself. When it comes to motivation, the majority of us are driven more by the fear of what will happen if we don’t do something, rather than through our desire to do or achieve something. So when you weigh up the costs of not getting the task done, this may just kick start you into getting the task done. Give it a go, write down a few ideas as to how you’d feel and what would happen if you don’t complete the task in hand. Once you’ve got them down on paper, keep them to hand and refer to them whenever you need to. Also write down your goals, and then visualise them and how you’d feel accomplishing them.

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