I love to make money. Everyone who reads my articles, or knows me, knows this. I especially love to make money online. But it can get boring. REALLY boring at times. This can happen if I’m doing too much of the same thing every day, or if I’m not learning anything new at the moment, or I’m stuck in a rut without any new ideas.
These things can create lack of motivation. Lack of motivation can be a killer if you work online. You don’t have a boss breathing down your neck to get things done; you have to do that for yourself. If you don’t, you’re not going to make more money, or increase the streams of income you’ve already created. Self-motivation is a key factor in online success. If you don’t have it, you’re not going to go anywhere.
I’m not a natural entrepreneur. I wasn’t born with certain traits that really great entrepreneurs have. For instance, I don’t like it when things don’t go my way. Some people thrive on challenges. I sigh, get frustrated, and whine a lot when things aren’t going in my strategically planned direction. Obstacles are another motivation killer for me. Why would someone want to keep going when nothing is going right?
Fortunately, I’ve created ways to stay motivated despite my shortcomings.
One way I create motivation is to use my imagination. When crappy things happen, such as Ehow going down (and me losing any future potential beyond what articles I already have up there) I sometimes want to quit writing, and go get a job with the nine to fivers. Before I do anything rash, I force myself to stop and think about it. I think about all I’d have to do to get a job, imagine what it would be like, the crap, the dealing with people telling me what to do, and all the rest of that nonsense that I gave up for a reason.
Luckily I have a really good, vivid imagination. I quickly acquire motivation to do something productive about my situation, and start making plans again.
There is a method I use to get motivated when I’m bored. If things are getting monotonous, or I’m in the middle of a long project that is going to take a while to complete, I look for something new and refreshing to do. If I’m at the state of boredom, I’m usually at a point where I can handle something new, or take on a new project without sacrificing any progress or quality on what I already have going.
I start researching new potential content sites, or new topics I haven’t tried before. The processes of planning a new project, or learning the ins and outs of a new site are FUN for me. This provides more than enough motivation to keep working at the level I need to be at to make real progress.
And then, of course, there’s the motivator that works for most people: taking a vacation. Maybe not necessarily a real vacation, but at least time away from work. I feel guilty at first, then relieved, and then I start to feel a strong urge to get back to “real life” and get working again. Even in Hawaii, 10 days was almost too much. After eight or nine days, I started feeling the pull to get back to my normal routine (and there’s NOTHING better than Hawaii!)