09 Oct Don’t Lose Focus
I’m often asked, “What can I do to stay motivated?” and my response is actually a very simple one.
I follow the same three steps when I make goals in my business as well as in my personal life. When it comes to staying on track, it is not about what you know, but instead about how you execute.
And, to execute like a peak performer, you must follow these three steps.
Step #1. Make a commitment. To truly stay focused on your goals, you have to first make the decision to commit. This can only come when you have determined what your goals are, both short-term and long-term. When you have identified your goals, make a commitment to stick to them. This could be done by breaking your goal down into smaller tasks and checking one or two off a week. This could even be you assembling the resources you need to achieve the goal in the future. The point is, you need to start putting action behind your goals to build the momentum you need to stay focused and motivated.
Step #2. Hold yourself accountable. I see many entrepreneurs and business owners fail, time and time again because they fall short on following through. They may take the first few steps toward achieving their goals, but without an accountability system or team in place, that momentum quickly fizzles out. Whether you have an accountability coach, a team you check in with regularly, or a system to track your completion of certain tasks, the key is to have some way of monitoring your progress. The more accountability checks you have in place, the less likely you’ll be able to know when you are losing ground and the quicker you’ll be able to adjust accordingly.
Step #3. Establish rewards and consequences. This may seem like a trivial point, but it is an important one. I have a simple bell on my desk and when I complete a task for the day, I ring the bell. When we onboard a new client, my whole team goes out to celebrate. As hard as we work every day, we always take time to acknowledge our wins (even small ones) and we are invested in staying on top of our progress. Likewise, when we fall short of our weekly or monthly goals, we have consequences in place. Depending on the goal and your team, these consequences can range but should be something that you’d actively want to avoid. Otherwise, it isn’t a good consequence.
So, how are you staying motivated in your business? Are you doing all of these three steps? If not, now is the time to switch things so you can unleash your peak performance.