It is so easy to get excited about starting out on a new project whether it be a blog, small business or DIY. However when the excitement cools down, staying motivated can be difficult. Trust me, I know! There are so many projects that I have started where I was determined to succeed. Suddenly, I am starved of motivation but that’s okay! Remember that it is fine to lose motivation. What matters is that you pick yourself back up again.
So how do you stay motivated? Here is a special guest post by the lovely Annie Lennon from sutava.com where she will take you through 7 awesome ways to stay motivated when starting out on a new project.
7 Ways to Stay Motivated When Starting Out on a New Project
It’s easier to remove distractions rather than resist them. And these could be anything- your mobile phone, Facebook, cake. If you remove them, you won’t be tempted anymore by the “what ifs” and will have much better focus, meaning you get more done and stay motivated.
Break Your Goals Down
Goals can be scary. Making a six-figure profit by next year or reaching a million followers on Instagram is not easy. So break it down step-by-step- a large success is usually made up of many smaller ones. Understand and remind yourself why you want to reach your goals too to keep it all relevant.
Have Positive Conversations
We’re extremely influenced by the people we talk to. Spending enough time with others who only criticise- whether it be their town or the difficulties in starting a new project will make you think the same. On the other hand, spending time with others who talk positively will encourage you to think like this too. And with this positive mindset you’ll begin to spot opportunities rather than problems and feel motivated by each success that follows.
Change Your Media Habits
Positive and inspiring media be it via video, articles or books will keep you feeling motivated. Like surrounding yourself with positive people, it will subconsciously gear your mind towards opportunities rather than risks and failures. Likewise, consuming negative media eg. negative political news will condition your brain to seek problems rather than opportunities.
Give Yourself a Positive Environment
Our physical environment also strongly impacts our motivation. And it makes sense- to stay safe, we’ve evolved to feel uncomfortable in unpleasant environments so we leave them. It’s thus no wonder that if we stay in places we find stressful, our productivity and motivation suffers. So give yourself a good physical environment. Clean and organise your space, replace bad smells with ones you like and surround yourself with things that make you feel good (but not enough to distract you).
Talk with Others
A mentor, team members or others who have similar goals (perhaps in a different niche to avoid competition)- these are the people who should understand your struggles best and be able to advise, exchange ideas and help get things done. And you can find them on and offline- from Facebook groups, LinkedIn to your friends and family as well as who they may know.
Be Motivated by Successes and Mistakes
See everything as an opportunity. A success, no matter how big nor small, is an opportunity to feel accomplished and indulge yourself- from an ice cream or a trip somewhere. And mistakes are opportunities too- opportunities to learn. Rather than feeling bad, try to evaluate why something went wrong, speak about it with your support team and find another way to try things next time.