Want to start an online business, but don’t have the confidence or motivation? Been trying to make money online for a while, but getting discouraged? You’re not alone, we’ve all been there.
No matter what business, project, or task you are doing, there are times when you will lose the motivation to continue or feel like you are failing. So what can you do? If you start changing your mindset for success, you will succeed. If I can, I know you can!
Let’s Face It, It’s Hard To Stay Motivated
When I first started my online business, I knew I had everything in place–the right hosting and training platform with Wealthy Affiliate, a niche for my website that I was passionate about, and a family who fully supported my goals.
I was well aware of the fact that I’d need to be committed, work hard, and spend the time necessary to succeed. It wouldn’t be easy to create a great body of content for my website, get it ranked well in the search engines, and monetize my site for profits, but I was ready to get started!
The first couple of months were great, and I made good progress. What a great feeling it was to see my first post get indexed by Google! As I built my site out, there was so much pride in seeing what I had created, and it just made me want to write more.
But by the third and fourth month, my enthusiasm began to slip. I was still working full time, taking care of our grandson a few nights a week, and keeping up with my responsibilities around the house.
It began to get harder finding the time to write articles, do research, and I was getting less and less sleep. Instead of writing two to three posts a week, I was just getting in one.
Even though I knew it would take time, I didn’t feel like I was getting results from all my hard work and that made it hard to stay motivated!
What Thomas Edison Said That Got Me Back On Track
To this day, I don’t remember what I was browsing on the web that led me to a quote by Thomas Edison that was told in a 1910 biography. I’ll just call it fate!
Edison had been working on storage batteries and not had any success yet with what he wanted to accomplish. A friend of his, Walter S. Mallory, relayed this conversation,
“I said: ‘Isn’t it a shame that with the tremendous amount of work you have done you haven’t been able to get any results?’ Edison turned on me like a flash, and with a smile replied: ‘Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!‘”
That quote by Edison made me sit up and take notice! Did I really think that the people in this world who became successful didn’t have busy lives and responsibilities, too?
Did they continue to work hard and keep going even when seeing no results? Did they fail over and over and still believe in themselves and their goals? Of course they did!
So if everyone has challenges to face to become successful, what is the difference between people who succeed and who fail? Mindset, pure and simple.
How Mindset Is The Difference Between Success And Failure
Your mindset is the factor that determines if you’re going to take a step forward or stand still. As excited as I was to start my online business and achieve my goal of quitting my full time job to work from home, I wasn’t keeping a determined mindset.
A determined mindset is one that will take any obstacle and turn it into an opportunity to get better. People have many different reactions when they hit a lack of motivation or a sense of failure on a project or task. Some have negative reactions such as:
- Making excuses
- Avoiding the project altogether
- Blaming others for making it difficult for them
- Being envious of those who are successful
Those who choose to be negative in this situation will often fail and quit altogether. I realized that I was guilty of the first two by making excuses about having no time and being tired and by avoiding writing posts and working on my website.
So I researched the mindset of successful people when faced with motivational problems, and here are the positive reactions they have:
- Realizing that failing is not an end, it is another step on the way to success
- Working harder
- Searching for ways to work smarter
- Remembering the reasons for starting the project and it’s benefits
- Engaging others, such as family or mentors, for assistance
Those who choose to be positive will often succeed because they have the mindset of a doer–of a winner!
Making Your Mindset Decision
So faced with my slipping motivation and fear that I was failing, I had to make a decision about what my mindset would be.
The reasons I had for wanting to have a profitable online business were very strong–to quit my full-time job, work from home, and have more time for my family.
The answer was a no-brainer–I was going to be a winner! So here’s the decisions I made:
- I resolved to make my website a place where visitors could find informative and engaging content
- I set a realistic goal for how many posts I could regularly write each week
- I set a regular time for working on my online business and treated those hours as I treated my regular job
- I scheduled the tasks during my work time, such as how long I would research an article, write content, and work on posting to social media
- I talked with my family and delegated some of the household chores to free up time for my business and get more sleep!
Changing my mindset to being productive and positive was just what I needed to jump start my motivation and get me rolling again.
The funny thing was that I felt like I was working on my online business less, but actually producing more! I was working smarter and handling all of my responsibilities better.
Today, I’m just working part time and well on my way to retiring early. I still have times when I face challenges while trying to expand my business, but I know that my attitude will be what determines my success or failure.
You Can Start Changing Your Mindset For Success Today
So, are you having trouble getting motivated? Feeling like you’re failing? Don’t fall into the negative trap of giving up or making excuses. You can change your mindset and see every failure the way Henry Ford did:
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
How do you overcome a lack of motivation? If you have any tips, I’d love to have you share them in the comments below!