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Discouraged? These are the 5 steps to recover motivation

February 15, 2020

As a businessman and entrepreneur, what do I do when I feel low spirited?

The opinions expressed by employees are personal.

Not long ago, the owner of a business that usually read my column asked me the following question:

Discouraged? These are the 5 steps to recover motivationDiscouraged? These are the 5 steps to recover motivation

“I wonder, what do you do when your motivation levels are low, as well as your self-esteem? What do you do to recover the motivation necessary to continue with your plans and complete your tasks?

This is a great question, and the answer is below:

First of all, let me say that I have never been so sure in my life of what I say as now: motivation comes from within, not from outside. No one can motivate you more than yourself. I mean long-term motivation. Many years ago, Frederick Herzberg wrote one in the Harvard Business Review ; in it, he said that others can motivate you, but only in the short term. I called this PELT (“Kick In The T … you understand it”).

On the contrary, long-term motivation emanates from within. That leads to the question: as a business person, how can you stimulate yourself from the inside when your motivation levels are on the floor?

First, you must understand that virtually all people must deal with this at some point in their professional careers. I have never met someone who is immune to this (and I certainly am not). So, what do I do as a businessman and as an entrepreneur when I feel upset?

These are some of the things that have helped me:

1. Minimize contact with negative people. This is not always possible, but do it whenever you can. At least, do it for a short period. Surely you have run into people who complain about absolutely everything. Stay away from them as you try to recover your mood.

2. Spend more time with people who recharge you with energy. They say you become the five or six people with whom you interact most, and I think it's true. So relate to people who push you to be better in all aspects of your life.

3. Read / listen / see positive things. If you feel downcast, read a positive book. Listen to an audiobook or podcast with a positive message. Watch a movie that makes you laugh. Surround yourself with things that have a positive influence on you. Incorporate those messages into your life as much as you can.

4. Learn to prioritize. Give priority to the things you owe and want to do. Make a list. As a businessman, I live based on the lists. The more control I can exert over the things I want and must do, I can solve them better.

5. Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Take that list you created and address it every day. If you really commit to doing so, you will be amazed at how much you can get. The more you get to do, the better you will feel. This will feed your motivation.

You can do many more things to generate motivation, but I think this list is a good start. Also, keep in mind: if your motivation levels are low, it is always useful to try to get out of the picture, that is, the daily routine, and try to visualize the whole image. Ask yourself, why are you doing what you are doing? Allow yourself to be encouraged by a bigger vision of things, and let your goals drive you.

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