is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong
man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The
credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is
marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and
comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great
devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows
achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring
greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid
souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt
In following our dreams – by answering the call to a purpose filled life, we all come to the realization at some point that following through is not often an easy feat. There's nothing glamorous about the long hours of hard work, un-returned phone calls, scathing rejection, long string of "no's", endless hours of sowing with very little to reap in the beginning, and the paralyzing doubt that the man in the arena sometimes faces all by him or herself. But no one said it was going to be easy, right? The good news is, we have control over whether we move forward or not. The determination is succeed if strong enough, makes us unstoppable.
So how do you stay motivated and keep yourself "in the game" when all the odds seem to be against you? How do you keep moving forward until you get to the point of finally reaping hard-earned rewards?
Here are some pointers that'll help you stay motivated:
1. It is not just you … everyone faces challenges. Obstacles come our way not because we are on the wrong path, are implementing a failing strategy or even because of our shortcomings. We face challenges because they are an integral part of the success journey. It is thus very important to not beat yourself up, but to remain focused on problem-solving and seeking solutions to these challenges. Be determined to keep moving forward.
2. Focus on the big picture. What are you looking to achieve and why? The big picture is very important in keeping us motivated, mainly because it neutralizes the negative in everything around it. When your focus is on the big picture, bad attitudes, difficult personalities, failed deals, unproductive relationships, etc fail to break your resolve to succeed because all your energies are focused on achieve an important goal … everything else basically becomes secondary. There is no stopping until that goal is met. Being focused on the big picture makes the journey, including all difficulties worthwhile.
3. Fine tune your skills. Give yourself the opportunity to grow, evolve and progress. Growth comes by learning. When we seek and acquire knowledge, and then act on it, we have no choice but to blossom and continue to spread our wings. No one is ever too old to learn. The fruits of learning are always reflected by the progress we make … and progress is important in fueling motivation.
4. Build relationships and networks. It's all about people – customers, business associates, family members, friends, colleagues … nurture these relationships and seek to create new ones. This helps expand your world to new possibilities. People we meet open up new doors and lead us down exciting avenues. By being humble, tolerant and open minded, the relationships we create solidify and grow, playing an important role in motivating us.
It is thus important to not let circumstances break us. Always remember that leaders self-motivate.
Cheers to your success.