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Whether you are trying to do your homework, study for a test, exercise for a few consecutive days, run a business, or whatever it is you're planning on doing, negativity can sometimes get the better of you, and over time, you start losing the will to continue pursuing your goals. Don't worry; it happens to all of us. None of us can actually work with 100% efficiency -- heck, even machines can't handle 24/7 work loads.
So one day, a follower asked me: "Grant, how do you stay motivated?" And then it hit me -- how DO I manage to wake up every single day feeling energized and mindful, always ready to log into my computer and run my business with 100% positivity?
Today, instead of our usual eCommerce business videos and blogs, I'll share a few tips on how YOU can stay motivated so you can meet your every day goals. Be on the lookout for them, as they will be scattered all around this post!
Realization: I Am Unhappy With My Life!
Before I became the successful business person I am today, I had a realization once: I am unhappy with my life. I am dissatisfied with the way things were back when I was still a web designer and developer. I would sit in front of my computer for almost 15 straight hours, wondering what seems to be the problem. What was weird was that doing this would literally drain me of my life energy, but then turning my back on the screen would make me feel uncomfortable. I always felt like I had to go back and do things that would take me one step closer to my dreams.
The thing is, I didn't have a clear picture of what I really wanted to do. My thoughts were not in alignment with my actions, and that's when I knew that something definitely must be done. I needed to reorganize my approach to my day-to-day activities such that my mind and body will be congruent and at peace -- and I needed to reassess my work-life balance.
The Daily Reminder
When I got a taste of success from my dropshipping business, I knew that I no longer want to go back to doing something that bothers me, or something that doesn't give me as much satisfaction as my current business does. Dropshipping paved the way to a more successful career -- I'm still sitting in front of my computer for more than a few hours, but what has changed is that I actually became a lot happier. Back in 2018 I nearly did 2 million dollars, and every year since then I've been making a million consistently, as compared to web design and development.
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Probably the most prominent thing I do to help myself stay motivated is to give myself a daily reminder that if I don't perform at my best, I'm going to have to have to go back and do something that I don't want to do. By doing this, I can visualize my past and present and be able to compare the two with ease. Obviously, I -- all of us, even -- have worked so hard to be able to live a better life, so if I had an option, I would definitely choose not to go back to my web design/development period.
The Snowball Effect
The Beauty of International Expansion
I remember the time when I found my first winning product; it was selling for over 400 times per day, and I just couldn't believe that more than 400 people were wanting to purchase this product -- and that's 400+ different people every single day! And the best part is that I was only selling this product within the United States. I never sold worldwide because I was scared of the expansion, I didn't want to complicate the process and my system in general, and most importantly, I was afraid of risking any funds by treading uncharted waters.
What I didn't know was that it was actually very easy to just take my products, make advertisements for them and introduce them into a wider, global audience. So when I did scale even further, I was shocked to see that international clients also wanted to try out my product, and they have instantly converted into buying customers!
And I can't help but wonder how much more I could have earned should I expanded my business internationally sooner rather than later. But then again, we can no longer redo our mistakes -- what we can do is learn from them. This time, I know success is real, and that alone makes me feel motivated to perform even better.
Lesson learned: global expansion is an easy and truly rewarding task!
Proper Task Management
In the middle of our journey, we may begin to feel as if the weight of the world is on our shoulders -- our tasks begin piling up to the point where we find it hard to keep track of the things that we should prioritize and those we can put on hold.
A nifty solution to this is to use what is called the Kanban system. An article by Kanbanize defines this system as follows:
Kanban is a workflow management method designed to help you visualize your work, maximize efficiency and be agile. From Japanese, kanban is literally translated as billboard or signboard. Originating from manufacturing, it later became a territory claimed by agile software development teams.
- Grab a board, pen and some sticky notes.
- Divide the board into 3 (or more) columns; label each one as To Be Done, In Progress and Completed.
- Write down up to 6 simple tasks per day and place then under the first column.
- As you proceed to perform tasks, move them to the next column, and when done, move to the third.
If you prefer doing this digitally, there is a software called Trello available free for use.
Integrate Your Goals Into the Kanban
You can also integrate your personal goals into the Kanban. For example, my goal right now is to work less in front of the computer and to maintain a proper work-life balance; how do I put that into the "To Be Done" column? I'll start by thinking of all the ways I could minimize the hours I spend in front of the computer, like "Do task A and B together" or by simplifying my process altogether. At the bottom of my list, I could add "Have dinner with friends" as a bonus task for my hard work. You can get as creative as you want, especially with rewarding yourself. That way, you get to enjoy performing your tasks and look forward to more eventually.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
No matter how good we think we are at running our lives, we simply cannot perform at 100% efficiency. It's always best to have mental days off to reassess your goals and rethink your game plan. If you want to stay motivated to do your tasks, don't push yourself too hard; a relaxed mind performs better than an overthinking one. Keep on trying even if it means having to fail a thousand times just so you can be successful at least once. Have clear goals in mind, and if you can, materialize them such that you can see those goals every day and you can remind yourself that this is what you have to do in order to turn your dreams into a reality.
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