Posts Tagged ‘Motivation’
After a 24 hour writing break (I know, who needs to take a break from writing? Right?) I’m back to continue on with the 30 Day Blog Challenge. Writing has been easier during the past 7 days and today’s prompt is:
Whose online business do you admire most and why?
Obviously The Suitcase Entrepreneur who went from working a 9-5 job to traveling the world while building her business and encouraging others to follow her path.
Laura Kessler – A Music Business professional who also has a virtual business. She provides coaching, vocal performance, consulting, executive communication and more. The first time I talked with her I was impressed with how knowledgeable and personable she is. Our first conversation lasted over an hour and even thought we were working on the same project I walked away uplifted and encourage to promote my virtual business.
Seth Godin – I was first introduced to Seth Godin’s books, namely, Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? which I wrote about in a previous post. Seeking to create change and go against the norms, one always runs into people who tell you point blank “You’re wrong, the system is the system for a reason, because it works!” Reading Seth Godin’s books opened my eyes to the fact that even though there are accepted norms on society, we can create new norms by being unique.
There are many more people and businesses who motivate me to press on. I like to call them the invisible cheerleaders because although they don’t know it, they have encouraged me to live life to the fullest and broaden my impact on others.
One of the reason I’m driven to succeed is because I was born a middle child. You know what they say about middle children, statistically they are often overlooked and feel left it. It wasn’t that I felt under-appreciated growing it, it was just that I was always part of the crowd, and with four lovely sisters it was hard to stand out.
Breaking out of that crowd and going off to do my own thing made me realize that although it is fantastic to belong somewhere, it is much more rewarding to strike out on your own and create success from those ventures. There are many sources of inspiration along the way.
Who or what inspired you to take your unique path in life?
You have trained long and hard, and there’s no way you’re not making it to the finish line. Years of hard work and training are not about to go in vain. You cross the finish line and the crowd goes wild, cheering for your great accomplishment. The greatest joy you feel is from within. Why? You set out to do something you’d never done before, you took a chance, gave it all you had and finished strong. That great sense of accomplishment comes because you finished what you started. You went for the challenge and made it happen.
That, my friends, is exactly how I will feel when I complete The Suitcase Entrepreneur 30 Day Blog Challenge. And guess what it’s not too late to join. Challenge yourself!
Today’s prompt is:
Which key tools will you turn to regularly to maintain your mindset and how will you use them effectively?
I am a highly motivated individual already, but that doesn’t mean I don’t need external motivators. Here are the top ways I maintain my mindset.
Every morning my alarm clock goes off with a reminder to workout, something that reminds me why I even made that commitment in the first place. Right now my alarm notification reads “Time to Run” since I’m training for a half-marathon and it’s also a song I love by Lord Huron.
When it’s time to head out the door to work I have another push notification scheduled, this one is just a reminder “Your attitude shapes your day. You’ve got this!”
I follow inspirational boards on Pinterest and check-in ever so often to find a beautiful quote of the day.
I read success stories of others who have been when I have been and want to go where I want to go (like The Suitcase Entrepreneur)!
I push myself a bit more each day to move forward and do what I have never done before. After all when I up the stakes and beat it, it’s winning my own game. And let me tell you, I like to win!
How do you stay motivated daily?
One of the reasons I joined the 30 Day Blog Challenge was to allow myself to write, every single day, for 30 days. They say practice makes perfect and since writing is an art, it’s something I’d like to be much better at. After all, my dream to become a best selling author is not dead yet!
It’s Day 4 and today’s prompt is:
What is your definition of location independence?
I think many of us spend our lives tied to things, whether it is rent, mortgage, a car payment, student loans, etc. they tend to keep us rooted to the spot. Staying in one place is not a bad thing at all, as a matter of fact I find myself quite comfortable living in downtown Nashville. However I do believe that if those financial boundaries were removed I would feel freer in life and not as hesitant to travel.
Last year my New Year’s Resolution was to travel more, a goal I successfully achieved spending time on both the west and east coasts of the United States enjoying the drastic climates and the beautiful of nature. Below is a picture of the coast of San Diego (taken with my iPhone!):
Being location independent means I’ll be able to set up office close to these majestic waves and watch the sunset as I write a project proposal.
Being location independent means I won’t have to worry about affording a roof over my head, but I will enjoy the challenge of finding a place to stay every night. (Again check out Airbnb.com)
Being location independent means I’ll get to stray even further from the typical lifestyle and define my own American dream.
Being location independent means I’ll probably have enough adventures to write a whole novel which I’m sure you’d like to read!
How do you define independence?
One of the many pursuits in life, besides the American Dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is self-fulfillment. Even growing up I already knew I did not support the traditional dreams of a young woman, that is, going to college, meeting the One and having a house full of babies by the time I turned 30 (although there is still plenty of time for that!).
Being a workaholic was a given, having always wanted to work I found it was something I enjoyed, besides if you love something why stop doing it? Now as an innovator who runs off the beaten track I have new goals of not only working in a corporate situation but also focusing on freelance projects. In that note I’ve calmed down and stepped away from additional part-time jobs to spend time building a client base. My self-fulfillment comes from helping others get their projects off the ground and running, much like a kite, and I’m the wind. If you have any projects that need wind, email me.
Otherwise let me know how you find self-fulfillment?
Recently I finished reading Start with Why by Simon Sinek. The book was so fantastic and intriguing I even read the acknowledgements at the end, and trust me, I NEVER go that extra mile when reading books, especially non-fiction.
The author clearly points out that in order to succeed in our goals, visions and plans whether personally or career-wise we have to start with why. We have to know why we are inspired and empowered to do things the way we do them and once we know why we need to translate our vision to others.
If we never lose sight of why we are doing something, we never lose site of our passion and the reason we get out of bed every day. If we know why we stay motivated to go hard or go home and make a difference in others lives.
What is your reason why?
Songwriting is a beautiful art sometimes lost in the mass of consumerism. This week I was able to listen to one of my best friends (who is a musician at heart) play some fragments of new songs. There is nothing that makes me feel the way music makes me feel. I feel compelled to create, to innovate, to add beauty to life, to talk a walk in nature, to write words of comfort, inspiration and meaning, to search for deeper truths and expose hidden meanings. It makes me want to stay, to find the meaning of life, understand knowledge and why we crave more.
Let’s face it, we were born to create, to find new ways to explain, explore and connect. Forward progress and the desire to succeed and live against all costs is what makes us human. The best way to start moving forward in our achievements is to start, take the huge step forward into the vast unknown and making it happen. Sure we will all trip up and make mistakes, but that’s just apart of the learning process, we have to keep going no matter what, because the journey to success is beautiful.
I am an individual who thrives on challenges and am very results oriented. However the best part of being results oriented is striving to reach a goal. Once the goal has been achieved and the challenge is over I tend to lose interest and look forward to the next challenge, even though it may be hard and scary.
The strains of indie music keep me burning to create. What music keeps you going? Share your favorites.