What’s Your Motivation?

So, it’s more than halfway through the year… and all those good intentions of making money online have dimmed. You know you need to get going with this LIFE-CHANGING stuff, but somewhere along the line you just seemed to lose the excitement you had when you started.

Don’t despair! You’re not alone, and it happens to everyone! You’re in a slump and you just need a plan get back on track toward your goal of earning money online… so here are some things you can do to find (and keep) your motivation.

1. Grab a pen and paper and write in big letters why you wanted to start an online business in the first place. Was it to spend more time with your family? To add an extra stream of income? To prove to yourself that you could do it? To stop having to work for someone else? Whatever the reason, write it down and stick it up in front of your computer.

There… are you already connecting with the reason you started down this rewarding path in the first place? Good!

2. Go to www.marketingtips.com/tipsltr.html and scroll down to the “Proof” section. Take a few minutes to read how other people LIKE YOU have used the Internet to make money.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the videos on www.internetmarketing.com/clinic. These are real people who started to make money online.

Are you beginning to feel more enthusiastic again… like this could happen to you too? Great!

3. Now look at the piece of paper you wrote on in step 1… your reason for wanting to change your life. Is it enough to make you get back to work on your home business? If it isn’t, then don’t sweat it. Right now may just not be the right time for you.

If it is, then you just need to get back on track!

So, think about what it was that leeched your motivation. Was it that life just got in the way? Was there a big change that shook you up and took all your attention? Did you find the keyword research too hard? Are you not so great at budgeting your time?

Sometimes all it takes is to break things down into more manageable chunks so you’re not overwhelmed by the scale of what needs to be done.

Let’s start by writing down what it was that interrupted your momentum. For example, “I kept procrastinating in finding a way to develop a product for my niche.” Use this statement as your goal. Don’t think about how you’re going to achieve everything else… just work at this one goal for now.

Do you believe again that your home business is totally attainable? Excellent!

4. Finally, Create a schedule to reach that one goal. Grab a calendar and realistically give yourself deadlines. For example:

July 27th — eBook outline and direction to be decided

August 3rd — Commission to be tendered for eBook author

August 17th — Deadline for eBook author to deliver end product

August 24th — My revisions to text to be completed and changes made

August 31st — eBook to be completed and ready for first sale

And that’s it! Now you have a plan in place, some deadlines to follow, and a fresh reminder of the rewards you could be reaping. Your motivation should be returning by the second!

Make a note of this process and run through it any time you feel your focus wandering to something else. And don’t beat yourself up over it if you do find you’re a bit lost. You aren’t the first person to find it hard to stay motivated, and you won’t be the last. Just don’t let it get in the way of your success :)

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