Depending on where you live in North America, winters can be long. The dull, dreary days can hamper even the most motivated of us to want to crawl under a blanket and wait for spring. There are times in our business when we will experience a long winter; nothing really exciting happens. There doesn’t seem to be much movement in sales or growth, even though we are doing all the right things. But like the cycle of the seasons bring birth, growth, hibernation, and rebirth, so, too, does business.
To help you stay motivated, I have developed an A-to-Z list of tips to get you through your winter.
A—Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things, and places. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
B—Believe in yourself and in what you can do. If you don’t believe in what you do, your customers certainly won’t.
C—Consider things from every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides.
D—Don’t give up and don’t give in. Thomas Edison failed once, twice, more than thrice before he came up with his invention and perfected the incandescent lightbulb.
E—Enjoy. Work as if you don’t need money. Dance as if nobody’s watching. Love as if you never cried. Learn as if you’ll live forever. Motivation takes place when people are happy.
F—Family and friends are life’s greatest “F” treasures. Don’t lose sight of them.
G—Give more than what is enough. Where do motivation and self-improvement take place? At work? At home? At school? When you exert extra effort in doing things, you stay motivated and improve yourself.
H—Hang on to your dreams. They may dangle just in front of you for a moment only, but these little stars will be your driving force.
I—Ignore those who try to destroy you. Don’t let other people get the best of you. Stay away from toxic people—the kind of friends who hate to hear about your success.
J—Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself, and the key to failure is to try to please everyone. You are unique, and only you have your skill set; there is no one else like you on this planet. So go ahead show your talent and skills by being you.
K—Keep trying no matter how hard life may seem. When a person is motivated, eventually he or she sees a harsh life finally clearing out, paving the way to self-improvement.
L—Learn to love yourself. Now isn’t that easy?
M—Make things happen. Motivation is when your dreams are put into work clothes.
N—Never lie, cheat, or steal. This will destroy your business in short order. Always play a fair game.
O—Open your eyes. People should learn horse attitude and horse sense. They see things in two ways: how they want things to be and how they should be.
P—Practice makes perfect. Practice is about motivation. It lets us build a repertoire and understand ways we can recover from our mistakes. A great speaker doesn’t become great by speaking once. It takes practice, practice, practice to master any skill. What skill for your business are you going to master today?
Q—Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So choose your destiny—are you going to be a quitter or a winner?
R—Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. We must hear the little voice within us telling us to get started before others get on their feet and try to push us around. Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
S—Stop procrastinating even if business is a little slow. There is plenty to do. Review your sales strategy, update your services, plan to attend a networking event, and so on.
T—Take control of your life. Discipline or self-control jives with motivation and also with being a good entrepreneur because you need a great deal of discipline to stay in business. So are books and records up to date? What is one thing you can do today to meet your financial goals?
U—Understand your customers. There is always more we can understand about our customers. Get to know their needs and wants. How do you solve their problems?
V—Visualize it. Motivation without vision is like a boat on a dry land.
W—Want it more than anything. Dreaming means believing, and to believe is something that is at the root of motivation and self-improvement.
X—X Factor is what will make you different from the others. When you are motivated, you tend to put extras on your life like extra time for family, extra help at work, extra care for friends, and so on.
Y—You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like you. Value your life and existence because you’re just going to spend it once.
Z—Zero in on your dreams and go for it!
You need to be accountable for your dreams and not let a few dreary days of business stop you from building the business of your dreams.
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