Keep Your Momentum Up as You Pursue Your Goals
We’re only a couple months into the year – how would you rate your level of motivation? Do you have the momentum to fulfill your goals?
5 = Super high! I’m still excited to achieve my goals! Woohoo!
4 = Pretty high. I’m motivated most days
3 = My motivation is great some days, but low on others
2 = Meh, it could be better
1 = Motivation? What motivation?
If you said your motivation level was a 4 or a 5, then congratulations! Keep it up! Your momentum is sure to get you through the next few months.
However, if you’re like most network marketers, you likely said your motivation was at a 3 or less. For most people, motivation begins to wane a few weeks into the year. Sure, you start out great – your motivation and ambition are high at the beginning of the year. Then, after a few weeks of working hard, your motivation begins to decrease and you’re not as eager to pursue your goals as you were at the beginning of the year.
What can you do to reclaim your motivation? Follow these simple tips to get motivated and get your momentum moving.
How to boost your motivation
Zig Ziglar famously said, “Motivation is like bathing. You’ve got to do it every single day.” He’s right; if you want to stay motivated you have to do something to keep your motivation high. This includes reading and reciting motivational quotes and mantras, reading books by motivational people, listening to motivational podcasts or music, and watching motivational movies. But, that’s not all.
Although these things can provide a quick boost to your motivation in the short term, such as when you need that quick surge to get you motivated enough to connect with your network, you have to go further to keep your motivation up for longer. Here’s how:
Commit to and develop habits
“I have learned that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits.”―Lewis Howes
Your daily habits are the key to achieving your goals, whether you aspire to build a successful business or you want to get in the best shape of your life. You are what you do every day, and with your habits comes the momentum you need to succeed. In order to achieve your goals, you have to work toward them daily. When your goal is business success, it’s essential to work on your business every day. As a network marketer, this means you have to connect with your network daily. When you use Teamzy, you know who to contact every day. Your Teamzy Dashboard gives you a list of people in your network to contact and follow up with each day – you just have to login and get to work during your Power Hour.
Now, if you’re saying “I just don’t have an hour”, you’re in luck. First, unless your network is huge, it’s unlikely that your Power Hour will take the full hour. For most, you can complete it in a half hour or so. The rest of the time you can use to manage other areas of your business or work on professional development and sharpen your skills. Second, there’s no rule that says you have to sit down for a full hour. In fact, many busy network marketers break the hour up into smaller pieces, such as 2 30-minute blocks or 4 15-minute blocks. The important thing is to set aside time to work on your business.
Momentum booster: Creating a daily habit
“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it.”―Horace Mann
Where many people struggle is the process of creating a habit. Research that shows that it takes anywhere from two weeks to 21 days of doing an activity consistently to make it a habit. Think of training for a marathon. It’s likely you wouldn’t just go out and run 26 miles, especially if you’re not used to running. Instead, you might run a mile a day, and once you’ve made a habit of that, slowly increase your mileage until you can run close to a marathon distance. Chances are, you wouldn’t run a mile a day for a week and then stop until the day of the event. No; instead you’d continue to run up until a few days before the event and rest until the big day. What you’ve done in the months leading up to the event is create a habit. In fact, after the event, you may continue to run because not doing it will seem weird to you.
The same is true for your business, get in the habit of doing your Power Hour every day and connecting with your network. Sure, it may be tough to remember in the first few weeks; however, if you put your mind to it, it’ll be easier to commit to making it a habit.
Momentum booster: Making a daily routine
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”―John C. Maxwell
Your daily routine gives you the momentum to power through your days and weeks. A Power Hour is only one part of maintaining momentum. The other areas of your routine also play a role. These are the habits that can either make or break your success.
First, make your business a priority each day. I know it’s hard to do when each day brings its own challenges and emergencies. However, make the intention ahead of time to make your business a priority. This means that you’ll connect with your network each and every day, no matter what. It’s not about making your business take priority over everything else; instead, it’s about making sure you make time to work on it daily. If you don’t, it’ll be difficult to maintain motivation, and nearly impossible to achieve your goals.
Then, look at the other habits in your life that may impact your motivation and your path to achieving your goals. For example, let’s say your goal is to get in the best shape of your life and run a marathon by the end of the year. To do this, you have to make it a habit to run everyday or nearly everyday. It’s not enough to one a few miles once a week; you have to build up to it. However, if you push off your daily run or workout for days on end, it’ll be difficult to maintain the motivation you need to achieve the goal of running a marathon.
Our habits have an influence on whether or not we achieve our other goals. As we work toward a goal in one area of our lives, we become more likely to achieve goals in other areas as well.
Review your goals
Speaking of goals, it’s essential to review them periodically. Most people set goals at the beginning of the year and then pay them no mind for the next 11 months. Not only do they lose motivation to achieve their goals, they often forget what they aspired to in the first place.
Review your goals once a week, once a month, once a quarter, whatever works for you to keep you on track and on task. You can even post them where you’ll see them every single day – what a powerful reminder! This is one of the best ways to boost and maintain your motivation. After all, isn’t it much easier to get excited to do your Power Hour when you remember that you want to increase your network by 25% or double your income by the end of the year? When you remind yourself of what you’re striving for, it becomes much easier to do the activities you need to do to get you there.
Reconnect with your Why
Your Why is your reason for doing what you do and setting ambitious goals. It may also be the reason you got into network marketing in the first place. What is your Why?
If you already know it, then set aside time to reconnect with it. Remember the reasons why you make it your purpose. This is where it’s helpful to have a token of your Why, such as a photo. Then, whenever you look at the photo, you can reconnect with your Why.
If you’re not sure what your Why is, then take a few minutes to visualize the life you wish to lead, taking note of all that you see. Also, think about the reasons you’ve chosen to start a network marketing business – is it to make more money, to be your own boss, build a nestegg, or any combination of these? All of these can serve as motivation to get you back on track to achieving your goals and doing your activities each day.
Teamzy can help you stay motivated, even when it’s tough
Teamzy has made it easy to work on and build your network marketing business. Simply login each day and start connecting with your network. You can also set goals and track your progress toward them, watch trainings to improve your skills, and enroll in Elite Business Bootcamp to help you take your business to the next level. Take charge of your network marketing business. Click here to learn more.