How To Stay The Course With Your Money Making Activities
I am excited to share a guest post with you today. I am in awe of how Ruth earns a full-time income online. Here Ruth shares advice on how to maintain focus and motivation when life throws a spanner in the works. This is an area I definitely need to work on.
I’m Ruth, and for the past eight years, I’ve earned a full-time income online, without a traditional job. It’s been an amazing journey with plenty of successes and also my fair share of failures, and if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that getting started is often the easiest part.
You discover a new money-making strategy that sounds perfect for you, and you jump right in with two feet. You’re excited to do the work, to reap the benefits, and you’re determined that you’re not going to let anything stand in your path.
But then, inevitably, reality sets in, and life gets in the way. All of a sudden, you’re a few months down the line and you haven’t really made any meaningful progress.
We’ve all been there, and it’s a cycle that can be tough to get out of. And it’s frustrating, because we often know that we had a totally genuine opportunity right in front of us, but we somehow lost our way before we’d even really begun.
Over the years, I’ve developed some mindset hacks for making sure that I stay the course. They’ve helped me to see ideas through and make some really great money from them, and I hope they might be able to do the same for you too. Let’s take a look at them…
Follow the concept of ‘No Zero Days’
We’ve all got other responsibilities on our plates, and having to take care of real life means that sometimes, we just can’t get everything done that we’d like to. But just because you can’t dedicate ten hours each and every day to your new income stream, it doesn’t mean that you can’t take small daily steps that will make a big difference over a period of time.
A zero day is when you do absolutely nothing to move you closer to your goal. When we have a few of these in a row, we become likely to throw in the towel. So the real way to create meaningful and lasting progress is to commit to never having a zero day. Every single day, you do something to move the needle – even if it’s a tiny task that takes just 5 minutes. When you do, it’s pretty much impossible for you to not see progress.
Know that you’re not always going to feel motivated
Motivation is hugely overrated. There, I said it. People often think that in order to actually do something, they need to feel fired up and raring to go. Really though, it’s the other way round. Once you start taking action – even when you don’t feel like it, but you do it anyway because you’ve committed to No Zero Days - this is when you really start to feel positive and optimistic about what you’re creating and where it’s going to go.
Know that’s it okay to not feel like doing the work. Understand that the most successful people you know don’t always jump out of bed feeling like they can take on the world. If you want to stick motivational quotes all over your office because they make you feel great, then go for it. But do know that you won’t feel motivated all the time, and it’s completely normal. The real secret is to do the work even when you really can’t be bothered.
Understand why we quit before we start to see results
Have you ever given up on a side hustle dream before you really started to see any results, purely because it all started to seem too overwhelming and too difficult, and everything seemed to be going wrong? What’s important to recognise here is that this is just another step in the cycle of change, and something that you need to get through before you reap the rewards.
I wrote a post recently about the 5 Stages of Building A Successful eBay Reselling Business, and I talked about a handy psychological model that you can use to assess your own behaviour and recognise why you’re feeling like that, and why you simply need to buckle down and keep on going. We’ve all been in the valley of despair at one point or another, but the good news is that there’s a breakthrough on the other side.
Plan for the worst-case scenario by using the ‘If/Then…’ strategy
If we’re going to stick to our plans, then we need to recognise that we’re human, and distractions are going to get in the way. Using the ‘If/Then…’ strategy helps us to create more tangible plans, and avoid our own triggers. So let’s say, for example, that when you get home from your day job, you know that all you’ll want to do is chill out in front of the TV.
You can create a simple ‘If/Then…’ plan to counteract this and get stuff done regardless. You might say that ‘If I haven’t spent at least ten minutes on my side hustle before 7pm, then I’ll turn the TV off until progress has been made’. It’s super simple, but it works because it gives us something more concrete to work with, and our brains respond particularly well to this kind of language.
Giving up, or falling off course, is part of human nature. There’s no point in beating yourself up about projects that you’ve abandoned along the way, or times when you’ve neglected to do what you’d promised yourself that you would.
But if you have these tools right here in your kit, you’re putting yourself in the best possible position for committing to your next money-making adventure, and seeing it through.
Have you ever used any of these tactics to help you to achieve your goals? And are there any others that have worked for you, that you’d add to the list?
Ruth blogs at RuthMakesMoney.com about genuine ways to make money online, including freelance writing, eBay reselling, and matched betting.
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