Suck It Up

Have you ever thought to yourself: “I don’t want to write today”? Of course you have, because you’re human. The real question, is what are you going to do about it?

One of the most common problems faced by entrepreneurs is lack of motivation. Blog writers are some of the most prolific and driven writers in the world today—there are millions of blog available online, and each day, bloggers’ post insightful and informative posts to entertain their readers. However, if you’re a writer, you have no doubt experienced blogger burnout and have days where you sit at your desk and stare at a blank entry and realize that you’d rather be doing anything but writing…

Have you ever thought to yourself: “I don’t want to write today”? Of course you have, because you’re human. The real question, is what are you going to do about it?

One of the most common problems faced by entrepreneurs is lack of motivation. Blog writers are some of the most prolific and driven writers in the world today—there are millions of blog available online, and each day, bloggers’ post insightful and informative posts to entertain their readers. However, if you’re a writer, you have no doubt experienced blogger burnout and have days where you sit at your desk and stare at a blank entry and realize that you’d rather be doing anything but writing. If this has ever happened to you, then you know it can be disastrous, resulting in a loss of readers or, if you’re a paid blogger, a loss of money. There are ways to stay motivated and on track though, and if you develop good habits and get rid of some bad ones, you will be well on your way to being motivated once again.

Change Your Habits

Even the best blog writers have a number of bad habits that keep them from staying focused and on task, and the one bad habit that most of them are guilty of is being distracted by the Internet. Have you ever been in the middle of a post and find yourself distracted by a notification from Facebook, Twitter, or some other social site that you end up on there for twenty or even thirty minutes, looking at other people’s posts as your post is left unfinished? One of the best ways to develop better writing habits is to close your Web browser while you’re working and to set your e-mail alert to a visual notification so you can glance at the sender to see if it needs immediate attention or if it’s something that can wait. Turn off the television while you’re working, too—it’s a huge distraction that you cannot afford. Quiet background music is a better choice. (Pandora: Ron Hope Radio is my drug of choice)

Set Rewards

If you’ve managed to make sit down and achieve your daily goals, go ahead and reward yourself for sticking to your goals to the end. For example, if you finish on time or early, you can reward yourself by indulging in a book or a movie that you have been saving. If you fail to meet your goals, your hobbies should be shelved until you’re caught up on your work. This not only creates better work habits, but it will motivate you to write more often and with better focus.

Alternatively, your rewards may also better serve your business if you so desire. For The Two Week Notice Project, every 10 new fans on the Facepage Page earns the business PayPal account an extra $5. This not only encourages future growth of the Facebook page, but also allows for future growth opportunities with funds that have been set aside to expand the business!

Suck It Up

Now, if all else fails; suck it up. Just because you don’t want to work today doesn’t mean the World is going to sit back and wait for your mood to improve. So, take the next 10 minutes and do something selfish for your business. Make a new Facebook fan page, work on that stubborn project that you’ve been putting off for months, or connect with another entreprenuer online. You’ll be glad you did!

Don’t Quit!

How many times have you started a project and never followed through to to finish it? How much time have you spent thinking about your next “million dollar idea” just to talk yourself out of finishing it?

We’ve all been there. From simple procrastination to a lack of resolve, fear sets in and we back down from the challenge of a great idea. So how do we stop ourselves from giving in to our self-doubt? First, we need to understand the real root of our inaction, and then we need to .

How many times have you started a project and never followed through to to finish it? How much time have you spent thinking about your next “million dollar idea” just to talk yourself out of finishing it?

We’ve all been there. From simple procrastination to a lack of resolve, fear sets in and we back down from the challenge of a great idea. So how do we stop ourselves from giving in to our self-doubt? First, we need to understand the real root of our inaction. Then, we need to squash it.

Procrastination

Procrastination is a killer of your precious time and is responsible for many projects, tasks, jobs and ideas being binned before they get off the ground. There may be a lot of preparation work done involving research etc. However, if there is no end product, this is wasted time. Instead of just doing something, however small or insignificant it may seem, to complete a task, we tend to keep putting it off by wasting time on other matters. Successful people are never bothered by procrastination. They keep on going until a task is finished. The ultimate outcome is not as important as the completion of the job in hand. The finished product may be brilliant or it may be rubbish, but as least you will know as long as you don’t quit and finish what you started.

In order to overcome procrastination, split the task at hand into manageable mini-tasks. Break down a larger, insurmountable job into the sum of it’s parts. For example, a new blogger may not know whether to grow a Facebook fan base, write content on a website, or reach out to his community. Instead of looking at the building of a entire brand, start small. Start a Facebook page, and write a post a day. Write a blog another day and take your time developing your brand. Take time to ENJOY what you’re doing, and the rest will come naturally. Over time, these actions will become habits, and habits good habits breed success!

Doubt

Doubt is another common reason people give up before a task is finished. We all have to overcome setbacks in whatever we do, however large or small they may be. We are normally full of enthusiasm and energy whenever we start a project and are determined to see it through to the end. As we encounter obstacles, our belief is tested and our enthusiasm gradually erodes until we convince ourselves that we should give up. Successful people again regard obstacles as a challenge and do what is required to overcome them. They have a strong belief that if the idea was a good one at the beginning, then it is still good now.

So, how do you overcome self doubt when you’re back is against the wall? Rather than quitting when problems arise, learn to adapt and do what you can to solve these problems. Who knows, you may even discover a better way than originally thought, or develop an even greater product than you envisioned. Some of the greatest inventions in the World were the results of accidents. Don’t run from a challenge, embarce it and come out the other end better than you started.

Be Realistic

Still others quit simply because they are seeking perfection and get frustrated and disheartened when their efforts are not perfect. Just because your blog or your product isn’t flawless doesn’t mean it won’t add value to your customers.

So sit down and do something. It doesn’t need to be perfect, and it’s ok if you’re scared. Put in the time and effort now, and reap the rewards later. It won’t be easy, but it will certainly be worth it in the end.