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Why Should You Stop Looking Outside of Yourself For Motivation?

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Why Should You Stop Looking Outside of Yourself For Motivation?

What are the three keys to self-improvement and motivation?

1. INSPIRATION

Inspiration is critical to staying motivated and improving oneself. If you are not interested in your business, your motivation level will never be high, and you will not be able to sustain interest for very long. Take an honest look at your inspiration level. Are you excited about going to work, or is it an obligation? You would be surprised at the number of people who choose a business that looks good on paper, but in reality, does not interest them in the least.

These individuals will grow weary and uninterested quickly because they have no inspiration or passion for sustaining themselves during the difficult times they will encounter as small business owners. If you do not like your work, think about how you can re-focus your small business to better match your needs. Or consider making a change entirely. Without inspiration, there will not be motivated even to try self-improvement.

2. SETTING GOALS

Short and long-term goal setting is vital for any business owner. If you do not set goals, you would have no definite purpose on which path of self-improvement to take. How could you possibly be motivated if you were unsure about the direction of your company? Take the time to put your goals in writing. A business plan may sound daunting, but it is nothing more than goals, strategies, implementation and a budget. Write your business plan and update it at least annually.

Include mini-goals that can be accomplished in a matter of hours, days or weeks and the more ambitious grand goals that may take years to complete. Refer to this plan throughout the year.

But can a business plan help motivate you? Of course. Written goals will make you feel more professional and certainly more connected to your business. It will also free you from having to reinvent your business goals every single day.
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3. NETWORKING

Another critical factor in getting and staying motivated is networking with other small business owners. No one person knows all the knowledge. However, when a number of people begin working together, the challenges will be there waiting to be conquered.

The isolation of working alone is of one the most difficult parts of being an entrepreneur. You can never be on your way to self-improvement without the help of others. Mutual support is motivating. Make it easier on yourself by connecting with others either in your community or online. Even when businesses are not related, you will often find common ground and ways to work together.

Many successful entrepreneurs report that finding the right networking group was a turning point in the growth of the business. Working together, a networking group can help its members generate more qualified sales leads and solve problems faster and more efficiently. Sharing ideas, expertise and experience is also an invaluable aspect of motivation and self-improvement. Your own personal team of business owners will help re-energize you when the burdens of running your own business seem too much.

With your networking team to rely on, you can accomplish more in less time and probably have more fun in the process. You will feel motivated to achieve self-improvement when you know you are not alone.

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Here are my top ten shifts in perspective that can help you move your life to the next level. This self-improvement article will assist you in breaking through your own glass ceiling to create the life you want.

1. permit yourself to dream.

You probably had no problem dreaming as a kid. What happened to your ability to imagine and dream about what you want and who you want to be? When was the last time you caught yourself daydreaming and appreciated it?

2. Stop looking outside yourself for happiness.

Look inside. Increase your self-awareness. Get curious about who you are at the core. Cultivate and nurture a relationship with yourself. Finding out what truly makes you happy and being honest about it will improve perspective and motivation.

3. Cover the basics.

Take the time to address your personal needs. How can you focus on thriving in your life if you are in survival mode? Set up that meeting with a financial advisor, get your space organized, clean up the details that are wasting your energy.

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4. Embrace your past and move on.

Finding a shift from why it happened to what I want to do about it now: asking why is not a very empowering question—asking what or how I want to proceed can be more powerful and produce forward movement.

5. Remember that you are not alone.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed with life. Seek support. Read more self-improvement articles. They might help you figure out some things that are puzzling you.

6. Remember gratitude.

Count your blessings. What is working right in your life? Make a list. Set aside a bit of time every day to acknowledge what or who you are grateful for. The more you practice gratitude, the more you attract into your life things to be thankful for.

7. Court your passion.

You still have your passions though it has been a while since you may have felt it flow. When are you the most alive and joyful in your life? Who do you most admire, and what do they inspire in you?

8. Take action and take a risk.

All the inspiration in the world is not enough to make you move your life to the next level. It takes inspired action to do that.

9. Keep breathing.

You probably forget to take deep full breaths. We have all learned to constrict our breathing in response to stress. According to many self-improvement articles, we not only need oxygen to stay alive, but we also need oxygen to give us energy and keep us healthy. Right now, take five deep, full breaths.

10. Have fun.

Call a friend, take a bubble bath, take yourself to an art museum or schedule a whole day out in nature. Put on some great music and dance till you drop. Enabling for fun in your life will keep motivation high.

And you thought this was just one of those self-improvement articles.

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