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Motivation Magic – 5 Ways to Jump-Start Yourself

September 20, 2010 By: Yvonne A Jones Category: Business - Entrepreneur, Business - Home-Based Business, goal setting, motivation

Welcome to my new “Monday Writer” segment where I will feature a different writer/blogger every Monday. A special ‘thank you’ to my first Featured “Monday Writer”, Sheila Atwood.

Featured “Monday Writer” – Sheila Atwood

Do you have times when you’re a little low on motivation? Do you need a jump-start to get yourself rolling again?

Join the club. We all have those times in life where we have lost interest. Or the task at hand seems a little too hard to confront.

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you chances are it will burn very briefly.” Steven R. Covey

5 Magic Motivation Action Steps

1. Recognize Success. Life is full of successes we fail to give ourselves credit for. Don’t be so hard on yourself. When you take on any task it can seem to take a long time to find success.

For example when you first start writing a blog, it can seem like new posts take forever. But each completion is success. When the blog is published that is success. Count each step as a success and it becomes easier and easier. Recognize those little successes.

Remember, as your sphere of influence gets bigger, new problems will arise. View resolving each new problem as a success and your sphere of influence will grow again.

2. Partner up! Find someone to share your successes with. Pick someone with like goals, who is supportive of your endeavors. Pick someone who understands. My partner is my sister. We can run ideas and problems by each other. We also share our successes.

3. Produce a product. Nike Shoes tag line is “Just Do It”. You will be amazed at how well this works for blogging, business or in personal matters.

When you feel unmotivated produce a product….write an article, do an interview or design a new label. Keep it simple. Choose something you can easily confront. Choose something you know and can produce quickly. Make a success!

“If opportunity doesn’t knock build a door.” Milton Berle

4. Do Unto Others. This action step is simply magic all on its own. Stop moping around and get in there doing for another person. This step is inclusive of the steps above; (a. Quick success, (b.sharing a success with another and (c.producing a product.

Keep this simple. Make twice as much dinner and share it with a neighbor. Call someone you have been meaning to call and share a happy story. Wash your sweetie-pies’ car. Show up unexpectedly at a friends’ event.

Soon you will be back on track in your own endeavors.

5. Revisit Your Vision. If you have not written your vision of what you want, do it. You can’t reach the top of the mountain if you do not know that the  mountain even exists. When it is hard to push through use your vision as motivation to stay the course. Have courage.

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

To your success!

Sheila Atwood, Newbie Lifeline

P.S. Do you have a magic way you use to get motivated? Please share it.

Sheila Atwood writes “Newbie Lifeline” , a beginner’s guide to making money online. Her current series is on marketing.

16 Comments to “Motivation Magic – 5 Ways to Jump-Start Yourself”

  1. Sheila, Thanks for being my first “Monday Writer” and for selecting this topic. Motivation is a topic that’s dear to my heart as it’s what will propel each of us to take consistent action in our life and business. The quote “Motivation is a fire from within” is so true because we have to be our best motivators, others can only light the spark but we must keep it alive.

  2. Number 1 is my favorite. Whenever I start feeling down and overwhelmed I look back at how far I have come already. Not only does it make me feel better, it also reminds me that I don’t want that to be time wasted.

  3. Many of us are quick to recognize success (whatever we perceive it to be) in others but find it harder to recognize it in ourselves. You show balance, Angie, and encourage others to do the same by recognizing that you can maintain your motivation by assessing your progress, appreciate it and allow it to keep you moving forward. Thanks for sharing your insights.

  4. I love the Steven R Covey quote. However, having a partner keeps me up and running. My partner helps me to get over the “humps” and “stops” in this business. The tech. stuff can sometimes be a challenge and it’s nice to have someone to discuss it with.

    There are days I feel over-whelmed and it’s great to have someone to talk too.

    I’m fortunate enough to have Sheila as my partner.

  5. Sheila Atwood says:

    @Angie – You are so right. Looking back over what we have done is a great way to see our successes.

    Sometimes I have to laugh at my first blog posts and how hard it seemed to add an image or an optin box. But each and every each and every step is a success.

  6. Sheila Atwood says:


    Thank you for asking me to post. This is a fun project. Looking forward to seeing who will be next.

  7. Such great advice! I especially like “partner up.” It just seems like when you are not going it all alone, the motivation is much easier!

  8. Ah, Sheila. You know her well but mum is the word until Monday πŸ™‚ Thank you again for a wonderful post that so many people enjoyed reading.

  9. Sheila and Kathryn, You’re both so blessed to have each other. What makes it extra special is that because you are both online marketers you understand the complexities involved and can relate to issues and challenges that may arise. Many of us have wonderful family members, but they have no clue what we’re talking about when it comes to internet marketing.

    I have a wonderful daughter who’s a computer networking professional and has worked in editing, etc. for an ad company so if I have challenges with FTP or pictures she can help, but that’s it. Having an accountability partner is truly wonderful. May I apply for adoption? πŸ™‚

  10. So true, Martha πŸ™‚

  11. Motivational eBooks for Happiness and Success says:

    Very interesting posts on your site. I keep on coming back to learn more. I have bookmarked it as well for future reference. I hope you dont mind at all.

  12. To: Motivational eBooks, No I appreciate that you’ve bookmarked my site and hope to read more of your comments. Thanks, Yvonne

  13. Awesome info — thanks for the post!

  14. Sheila wrote a dynamic post! Glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Sheila and Yvonne,
    What fantastic advice. I really like the last point – Revisit your vision. That reminds me of the saying – check yourself before you wreck yourself. LOL!

    Thanks for sharing these pointer with us you guys. I really love the idea of collaboration and guest posting.

  16. Ileane, Thanks for stopping by and it’s great to meet you. Yes, our vision can become clouded at times so it’s good to revisit it. And, I welcome guest bloggers so if you’d like to become a guest blogger in my Monday Writer series please send me a note to yjones at my successcircleonline dot com.


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