Motivation comes from within not from outside.
Do you remember a time, when you were young, when your mother (or father) wanted you to do something you did not want to do? What motivated you to do it? Fear of disapproval or punishment?
When we are/were out in the workplace, what motivates us to do our job? Not wanting to get fired? Much the same that motivated us when we were a kid: we want to avoid, on some level, a punishment or lack of reward.
As business owners and entrepreneurs, motivation is a key element in moving us forward in our business. Of course, the reward of generating an income motivates us, but is that all there is?
Within us all is the desire to express ourselves through what we create — to make our world a better place because of what and who we are. We create to be remembered for something great and wonderful. No one wants to be remembered for the person who lived a very boring uneventful life.
So if the motivation to create is behind so much of what we do, why then, do we have days where we barely drag ourselves out of bed. Maybe because the work is too hard or could it be because we don’t really believe in ourselves?
Motivation is the spark that sets everything in motion, whether it’s your day, your week, your project or your entire career.
~ Alyson Stanfield, Art Biz Coach
One of the greatest things that motivates me is learning to be thankful for what I have. Okay, I know that sounds pretty simplistic, but think about it: If you can find it within yourself to be grateful for the little things in life, you open the doors to see the bigger things ahead. And, I don’t know about you, but I want to experience ‘the bigger things’ in my life!
There will be days where you might still be dragging yourself out of bed. We all have days like that. But if you can see beyond yourself and your circumstances for the moment, you can see all the good you can do in the world with your creations.
Maybe you still struggle with motivation and need help. I get it! I’ve been there! Maybe your lack of motivation is due to an area where you are stuck. I can help!
After working with hundreds of producers over the years, I understand the ins and outs of the retail/wholesale industry. As a former retail store manager, a traveling sales rep, and a gourmet food producer, I see the problem from several different angles.
If you need help, I am here. You can check out my 1-on-1 Wholesale Business Consulting and Coaching here!