Motivation is definitely a big topic of discussion among business people, athletes, and artists from around the world.
So many people try to find motivation in everything from YouTube videos to podcasts, but they just can’t figure out why they’re not able to get things accomplished.
Here are 3 key ways to stay motivated that sound too simple but are really all you need to get things done.
1. Just start
Looking back, there have been several projects that I wanted to accomplish as an entrepreneur but lost all my motivation before I even started!
Plenty of other people can honestly say this has happened to them as well.
Why does this happen?
The reason is simple: before starting a project, I would think of all the things I would have to do and how long it would take me to do them. I would start to wonder if I had the patience to complete my project, if it would even work, and if people would laugh at me if I screwed it up.
The whole thing eventually became too overwhelming so I never started anything.
Essentially, I threw in the towel before my feet were even planted on the starting line, and we’ve all done this at some point in our lives if we’re honest with ourselves.
I get that the idea of starting a blog, eCommerce business, SEO consulting company, etc. sounds like an incredibly daunting task, and rightfully so, but it’s counterproductive to sit and worry about things that haven’t even happened yet.
Chances are, those things you’re worried about won’t even happen, and that’s just a fact.
The smartest approach is to just start, even if you’re not sure what direction your project will go, and focus on one little bit at a time.
Got an idea for a blog?
Great! Start it.
Looking to start a cupcake business?
Perfect! Start it.
Once you take that first step, that second step is that much easier and pretty soon, your motivation will snowball.
2. Show up
Not only should you just start a project, but you have to show up no matter what happens.
Studies show that 100% of the shots you don’t take…you can probably finish the rest.
I have committed myself to writing between 500-1000 words daily no matter what, and each time I show up to write I feel a rush of motivation that was never there before when I would put off showing up till tomorrow.
The best part is, after a while, our “showing up” becomes a habit that doesn’t require as much thought as before.
As James Clear puts it, the best way to stay motivated is to form a new habit around whatever it is you need to do to succeed.
For example: if your goal is to build a blog, then make a habit of writing at a specific time each day. If you’re wanting to get in shape, then make a habit of exercising at a specific time each day.
These things will eventually become second nature to you.
Studies have shown that it takes around 21 to 30 days to form a new habit, so if we keep showing up, after 30 days our new habit is solidified in our mind making it easier to show up each day.
Will there be challenging times?
But all it takes is showing up even when things are sucking big time to get things done and reenergize our motivation.
It sounds simple, and it is, but nobody wants to do it.
Let’s be that 1%.
3. Track your progress
This here is the Mack Daddy of staying motivated: tracking your progress.
I keep a Google Sheets document in my toolbar that I use to keep track of everything that I am doing.
Here’s a quick snapshot of it:
As you can see, I’m just getting started with things, and if you are too then that’s awesome!
Better late than never, right?
Each time I open that document and punch in the amount of work I did each day not only helps me stay accountable to myself, but it also excites me to see my progress over time and keeps me motivated to show up every day.
This simple strategy can help you so much, especially if you’re as unorganized as I tend to be!
Did this list sound too simple?
Good, it was supposed to be.
Motivation doesn’t have to be this big thing that people spend their lives trying to find because they think they don’t have it.
At its core: motivation is a learned behavior we all have access to, yet nobody seems to realize it.
You have all the motivation you need within you, simply start your project, show up every day, and track your progress until it becomes a habit.
You got this!
An SEO expert, web designer, and writer, Thomas writes on topics he deems fun such as digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and personal development. Since 2014, he’s worked with countless business owners to help them improve their organic presence online. When he’s not writing about online business or geeking out about the latest Google algorithm update, he spends his free time playing the piano and working out with his wife.