Four Ways to Stay Motivated

Times are uncertain. (Newsflash: times have ALWAYS been uncertain.) Granted, things are a bit shaky now. Taking care of yourself and keeping yourself focused and motivated is one positive way to make the world better because you were here for awhile.

Whether you are an individual or a company, these tips will help you create some stability for yourself and those who count on you:

Get Clear: What matters to you now? What doesn’t matter all that much? If you could sit down and write your story, what would it be? What are the desired outcomes? Where should you Focus? Who are the people you want in your life? What do you want to be doing with your skills and talents? If you are a company, what value are you bringing to the party?

Re-Invent: The clarion call these days is this: What used to work DOESN”T. I see that in my business, and I’m seeing it in closed shops and empty warehouses across town. Don’t panic – THINK. What do people need that you’ve got? What do you need to learn to provide that to them? What are your action steps to take you to a new way of operating? What can you do right now without a huge expenditure? What funds do you have to help you do what you need to do?

Simplify: What do you need to stop doing? What can you let go of? What can you sell or give away? Where can you be more efficient? What processes are keeping you from being productive? What actions take too much time? Have you let the internet run your life? (Email, internet, online chats, games…) What systems and new habits can you put in place to manage that?

Be Present: While you are wrestling with uncertainty, confusion, overwhelm, and business & personal concerns — Life is passing you by. Each day is a choice. Each breath is life. Holing up in your windowless office, burying your head in work, beating your head against the wall are all self-defeating and life-sucking activities. Do what you can with what you have. But make sure you take time for YOU. Make sure you take time for the people you love before they are gone.

Life turns on a dime. How long do you think you have?

It might be a hairy ride today. But as my buddies at Handlebar J’s say, “Every day above ground is a good one.” Make the most of what you have, and Remember Who You Are.

Happy Birthday America!
Happy Fourth of July Everyone!
Take care and be safe this weekend!
Beth and the Team

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About Beth Terry

Beth Terry, CSP, is a speaker, coach, writer and cowgirl. Her audiences are from around the world: she has spoken to almost half a million people in 6 countries. Her passion is watching the "popcorn popper" go off in people's heads when they 'get it.'

5 Replies to “Four Ways to Stay Motivated”

  1. Re-invent: I’ve been toying with the idea of including –
    I can’t make you money, I may not save you money, but I can definitely make more things possible for you.
    Does that grab you at all?

  2. Thanks Beth – I’ve been sitting here staring at the chaos on my desk (am most way through a new system installation and mid way through running the training for said system) wondering what has to go and what could/should stay. Your article put it all into perspective so I’ve now got the four points written on a piece of paper and everything on the desk is passing through that filter.

    Often it just takes someone else to say it!

    • Thanks Jen – happy to help. I usually notice what I’m going through. Then i solve it. Then I write about it. my desk looked like that last week.

      I have to laugh at how digitizing things is supposed to SAVE us all time and money and paper. HAH! All that means is we digital addicts and information junkies now have waaaaay too many gigabytes of things we would have discarded in the old days when we only had MB instead of GB and TB storage available to us! I’m on a mission to clean up my laptop when I’m traveling. i just make sure I’ve backed up before the trip. Then delete delete delete to my heart’s content. My laptop Desktop and my Desk are finally visible! It’s all good.

      Have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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