Staying Motivated on the Path to Success
By Samantha Davis
The path to success is a long, demanding, and tiring road. There are going to be times that you question and doubt yourself; that is completely normal. It’s okay to feel that way at times, as long as you don’t stay stuck in the rut. Getting out of the rut can be easier said than done. But it is important for anyone, no matter the path, to have tips and tools to help them get out. Motivation helps get us started and can keep us focused on the goal(s) ahead, but it can be hard to remain motivated.
Here are some tips that I use to help me remain motivated while working toward success.
One thing that I did was change my perception about the journey itself. I used to think about how easy it would be one day or about the work that I wouldn't need to do once I reached “success”. Thinking like that only made the difficult days harder and the rut deeper and harder to get out of. I was so focused on “the break” that I was losing sight of what actually needed to be done in order to become successful…the WORK!
You’ve got to fall in love with hard work if you want to be successful. After all, hard work is what you need to do in order to reach your desired goals. Hard work and dedication are two important factors needed in order to succeed. It’s also not going anywhere anytime soon! You need to work hard to reach your goals and even then, you need to work hard to stay on top of your game and/or to achieve the next level. If your goal is to make a million dollars and you achieve it, if you don't continue to work hard you won’t be a millionaire for very long.
Another thing that has helped me has been shutting out negativity. Negativity can come in the form of people, comments, or even energy. Not everyone is going to like or agree with your work, business, or product, and that’s okay. No matter what you are trying to accomplish, especially if you are an entrepreneur, you can't please everyone. Along the journey to success, you are going to run into people who may ridicule you, tell you that your idea isn’t a good one, or are just down right mean and nasty. Ignore them. People thought that Steve Jobs was crazy in the 80’s when he first presented his MAC computer and he didn’t let their opinions stop him from creating the legacy we know today as Apple. Constructive criticism can be helpful. Sometimes another set of eyes is needed to see things that you may have missed or that need improvement, however this is different from a person spreading a negative opinion.
Remember the reason you started; reflect on how far you’ve come. Having a strong sense of purpose is what drives me to stay motivated in order to achieve my goals. I have a strong ‘why’. Your reason why needs to be so strong that it makes you emotional; you need to feel it. It needs to be strong enough to get you moving when your back is against the wall or when you feel like you can’t go any further. Remember why you started, who you do it for, and why you want it so bad. You also may think that you should be farther along on your journey than you are, but that’s okay, you are exactly where you need to be. Don’t get down on yourself about where you think you should be. Instead think about all the goals you have accomplished; how far you’ve actually come. No matter how small the accomplishment may be in your eyes, have gratitude, it has gotten you closer to your goal.
The road to success isn’t an easy one to take. With the right mindset, anything can be accomplished. It is no secret that you’re going to have to work hard to achieve your goals but if you change your perception, the work won’t seem as daunting. After all, it's not going anywhere anytime soon, so try to grow accustomed to it. There are going to be tough days ahead, remembering why you started will help motivate you to push through the troubling times. No matter what, don’t give up. If you get lost or stuck, reflect on the progress you have made and remember, you are not where you first started.
About the Author
Hi, my name is Samantha Davis. I am a single stay at home mother of a wonderfully bright 2-year-old, an entrepreneur, writer, and I work from home as well. It is a lot to balance, and at times can be difficult to manage but it is not impossible. I am currently working on a website called Opportunity Market. It will be a host for a variety of ways to make money online. I hope to help as many people find legit ways to earn income online. Writing and Cooking are two of my passions.
You can read Samantha’s column on the 2nd Tuesday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.