March, 2010 Archive

Focused Projections

March 24th, 2010 by Liz in Financial Freedom, Lifestyle

Two of the best-kept success secrets of money-making business owners are not so secret at all. In fact, they’ve been featured in this blog together and separately several times. I’ll give you two guesses, and if you thought visualization and focus, then you’re most definitely right. <g> As you may already know, the first helps us with our goal setting and the latter, with reaching those objectives. When we project our goals into the future and focus on what we need to do in order to achieve success, we’re able to make these plans possible and our dreams real.

Ric and I started the same way. With a vision of a better life, one which we wanted for our growing family, we left the corporate world and set out to create our own online marketing businesses, among others. Since we wanted our children Chandler and Stefan to grow up with a more comfortable lifestyle, and we wanted to spend more time with them and with each other, we pushed forward until we achieved the life we always dreamed of and wanted. Now, we’re glad we stuck to our guns, so to speak. <g> In braving the small business world, we’ve achieved such blessings and success that we plan to share with others for as long as we can.

There are two interesting Small Business CEO Magazine articles that, again, focused on these two success secrets. As always, I’m glad to share them with you here.

Read the writing on the wall

The first article, written by Donald Yates – a former Director of Business and Leadership Development for Imperial Research who helps young people with their self discovery and life planning, among others – is entitled If You Can’t See It, You Can’t Do It!

Here Donald Yates discusses the importance of visualizing one’s goal and seeing its success in order to make it real, have something to work towards and get it beyond the realm of mere fantasy, dreams or illusions. For someone to have a clear vision of where he wants to go or what he wants to do, he should be able to read the writing on the wall, in a manner of speaking. <g> Below are a few useful lessons I caught from the article.

Grasping is key

In order for someone to believe in something, he should be able to grasp its importance first. If he could believe that it can be done, then it will be done. It’s as simple as what we’ve always mentioned here – as you see it, so shall it be. Grasping a concept, an idea or an action gives you some form of validation and confidence. The more you believe in what you need to do, the more you’ll have the conviction to go through with it.

Eye on the price

To help someone visualize a goal, especially in business, you must always keep your eye on the price. Focus your energies on what you long to achieve in the long run. If, for example, you plan to earn some money in business, improve your skills and survive all economic conditions, then it’s best and encouraged that you do everything you can and include all the elements you need to complete these goals.

Personalize it

Somehow, visualization makes the project or objective more personal. Since you’ve clearly pictured it in your mind, considered everything you need and envisioned it a success, you’ve already invested part of yourself into it. You already have a certain connection with the project and will work harder to turn it into reality – up to the point of actually feeling it, smelling it, touching it and owning it. You may even consider it an emotional investment, if you will. <g>

Look back

More often than not, past events and experiences have an effect in how we visualize our current goal. If we feel that something cannot be done, we have to convince ourselves otherwise. If we made wrong decisions in the past, we can prevent ourselves from going down the same paths. If we picture a goal clearly in our minds and work towards using all our senses and abilities for its success, then we’re on our way towards achieving a complete experience.

Whether we work alone or are setting an example for our people, we must always be capable of visualizing a project from conception to execution to finished product. Our performance and the performance of our people would depend on how clearly this picture has been established, drawn, led to and acted upon. If you see that you can do it, then all your confidence will follow.

Always keep in mind that reality comes from having clear visualization of your goals, your acceptance of an endless realm of possibilities and opportunities open to you and your faith in your ability to make it come true. Remember that success comes easily if you just learn to visualize and accept it.

Focus your attention

The secret of how to focus your attention on one thing in order to achieve success in your business or any life activity was discussed in the article of Wil Schroter – an entrepreneur, author and public speaker – called Focus is the Key to a Successful Startup.

In this article, he gave a few tips on how you could start small but earn big. It sounds very promising doesn’t it? <g> This concept is important to keep people from trying to do everything at once, overestimating their capabilities and ending up selling themselves and their clients short. To help you specialize on one important thing instead, here are the tips I got from his article.

Bite off less than you can chew

When starting your own business, it’s important to first consider all the angles. Make sure that you’ve visualized not only the process and product delivery, but that of supporting and maintaining it as well. If it gets to be too much, you could always start with a single product or service and see that to fruition. When everything’s fine and good, then you could consider adding in more products and services little by little. It’s better to offer something small at first, as long as you’re able to deliver properly, rather than offering the world, so to speak, and failing to provide everything that was promised midway. It will surely save you a lot of stress, grief and possibly a few law suits too. <g>

You have ten seconds to get it right

Since people receive plenty of information every day, they don’t have much time and patience to spare. Thus, you have about ten seconds to get their attention and make them interested in what you have to offer. This process will help you filter and find out what your product’s unique selling point is, and learn to exclude whatever goes beyond that time frame. It will also test the value of your product, because if you can’t find one unique selling point that could survive this short scrutiny from your clients, then you would have to rethink your product itself.

Stay on target gold leader

After launching and establishing your product comes the important task of seeing it further into success. A lot of factors such as demanding customers and improvements you’d like to include come into play and may distract you from your original goal. While taking into account some of these factors every once in a while, you must make sure to stay focused on what you wanted to achieve and where you wanted to go since the beginning.

To ensure that you keep an eye on your goals, you can choose which improvements you’d focus on at a certain time and anticipate the resources you need for that improvement. Just make sure that whatever additions or improvements you include would drive your business towards your pictured goal instead of diverting from it.

In your business experience, are you able to visualize your goals and work towards its success while focusing on a specific product or service? Let me know through the comments section below.

Happy visualizing!

Liz



Hold Your Own

March 20th, 2010 by Adaire in Lifestyle

Technology is a double-edged sword. Oh boy, the technology-savvy, inventors, scientists and enthusiasts are probably fantasizing about a cumulative bolt of lightning striking me via cyberspace right now. :) But the statement rings true, doesn’t it? Think about it.

Technology backfires?

When our ancestors were thinking of how to better cut meat, they invented the knife. From stone to metal to porcelain, it has helped us cut hard meat, fruits and vegetables into edible little pieces. However, this led to the creation of bigger knives such as swords and other weapons used for fighting. The invention of the bow and arrow revolutionized warfare and strategy. Good for the winning army and country but bad for those who were hit or died by it.

Lazy Sunday afternoons were sometimes used to catch up with family in get-togethers and barbecues. Today, these afternoons are often spent in front of computers or televisions, preventing family members from connecting as they used to. Not to mention the invention of the remote control that encouraged the widespread couch potato mentality some have today.

Books were all the rage when the printing press was invented. Now, these printing presses are being phased out little by little by online materials. Before, conversation was more common when we meet people on the street or in public transportations. Now, with music devices hooked up to our ears most times, this seems to be discouraged.

We used to anticipate and wait for information to reach us via word-of-mouth or snail mail. Now, we’ve gotten so used to receiving them with a single click that we find it hard to tear ourselves away from our computers or handheld devices. When we get bored, we don’t go for books or simple conversations like we used to. Instead, we play our video games and listen to our music or post on our blogs and write our emails.

More often than not, this technology serves as status symbols for people. The more expensive your gadgets are, the more well-to-do you are. Somehow, getting the new “in” gadget, even though we admittedly couldn’t afford it sometimes, is our new goal in life – until the next one comes along, that is.

It’s ironic that the very things that makes our lives easier, information exchange faster and helps us become money-making successes are those which cause us to separate ourselves from the simpler, more important things that could make us happy, less distracted and less stressed. We learn at a faster rate and move at a faster pace, yet we become lazier and somehow, still a bit disconnected from the world.

They’re ours or we’re theirs?

M. Vaishali — writer of the books Wisdom Rising (Purple Haze Press 2008) and You Are What You Love (Purple Haze Press 2006), as well as a speaker, radio host and life survivor — shared an article in HealthyWealthynWise online magazine entitled Are You Possessed?

Here she talks about how we become so engrossed with our material possessions that we end up being possessed by them in the long run. Due to the recent disasters that plagued different countries of the world these past few years — fires, floods, cyclones, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes — we are shown just how attached we are to these material things that end up being junk or debris at some point or another.

What happens when we leave our laptops, cellular phones and music players at home or heaven forbid, lose them? Don’t you feel a bit uneasy, worried, or admit it, even a little naked? :) Such is the influence of these devices that we can’t even remember being without them.
Instead of enriching our lives better than we expected them to, these technological devices and possessions end up eating our time and adding to our responsibilities, stress and preoccupations. We’re happy when we first acquire them and we find use for them in our everyday activities. Eventually, though, when we look back and sift through the rubble after a few years, we discover that we’ve amassed all these items that we don’t even use or need anymore.

Unload for simplicity

Rather than looking at these disasters as punishments, we could try treating them as gifts or wake up calls. They removed these possessions from our lives and forced us to evaluate the more important things in our lives.

Somehow, amidst these disasters, when we managed to take our eyes off our computers and cellular phones, we were able to observe our surroundings once again. We were reminded of what we were missing.

Being without these high-tech gadgets doesn’t mean we’re less of a person. It wouldn’t hurt, at least physically, if we fail to follow one tech trend or fad that just came out and everyone seems to have to have. Our lives won’t be richer or poorer without it. Of course, it would definitely add a new exciting perk to our days at first, but eventually, they’ll join the other phased out, forgotten gadgets that we have stocked in a room or closet.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have anything against technology. In fact, I love them too! :) Who wouldn’t want to make their lives a lot easier or receive information faster? All I’m saying is, like in everything, there has to be moderation. It’s okay to splurge on gadgets every once in a while – as long as we set our goals and priorities right and don’t lose sight of the more important things in life again.

Make sure to spend time with your family. Get out of the house every once in a while to observe and enjoy your environment. Savor the feel of a good book in your hand and lose yourself in the words and alternate world it offers. Slow down at least once a day and take some quiet time to focus your mind and get away from all the stress. Lastly, accept that sometime, somehow, you’ll have to separate yourself from these material things and prepare yourself for that actuality. After all, it helps to be ready always. :) At the same time, being able to hold your own against the temptation these gadgets bring is a form of self improvement.

Do you have one gadget or any favorite technology you just can’t live without? How has your life changed because of it? Let me know through the comments section below.

As a final bonus, let me include here a few insightful quotes from Henry David Thoreau that M. Vaishali shared in her article. :)

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.”

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”


Have a great day everyone!
Adaire



Think Fast

March 18th, 2010 by Adaire in Financial Freedom

Seconds. Can you believe that’s all the time you have to make an impression? What if you’re not prepared? How do you make a good impression? It doesn’t even end there. To ensure success, you have to make sure, too, that you’re providing the utmost service you can offer. That’s a lot of pressure to take in, especially for meeting new people or business and client prospects. I got you nervous right then didn’t I? :)

WelI, don’t fret, because I came across two Small Business CEO Magazine articles recently that I’d like to share with you. They spilled the beans on two of the money-making success secrets business owners have known and been applying in their businesses for years. 

By the second

Information sharing and delivery has changed dramatically these past years. Due to the increasing power, reach and influence of the Internet, business cards were replaced with websites.

When we first meet potential clients, we don’t just give them our numbers anymore, we also add in our emails and websites. More than a calling card, these websites can showcase everything about us and our business. Instead of waiting for the physical presentation of your portfolio, you could show them your works online in just a few minutes and clicks.

Thus, your websites have to be striking. Not just in design but more importantly, in content. It can be as simple as you want it to be, as long as it’s easily navigable and contains only the pertinent information that your client needs to know beforehand – on the home page at least.

What if your website’s full of clutter and is easy to get lost into — and not the good kind of lost but the get me out of here and turn it off kind of lost? That could be disastrous or embarrassing even. You definitely don’t want that happening. :)  

Luckily, Sandi Smith, who’s been in website design and development and has helped small business clients succeed for years, wrote Only Seconds to share some tips on website development with us.

Brainstorm

Whether or not you already have your own website, it’s important to keep things fresh and interesting. This comes from constant re-evaluation and brainstorming.

What’s your business about? What products or services do you offer? Do you want to continue on this path or do you want to add new packages? What are the goals you’ve set for yourself and your business?

Know your strength

You do not have to do this brainstorming alone. You could tap your colleagues and clients’ help to answer some questions.

Find out what you’re good at. What keeps your current clients happy? Get them involved. Take surveys from them, ask them questions, hold focused group discussions and discover your strengths as business owners and as a business. With this, you should be able to re-establish your unique selling proposition or USP – what sets you apart from the rest.

When you’ve done these things, you could either build on your current website or create a better one. Just make sure that it’s a site you would be proud of and would lead clients to you instead of turn them away from you. It has to be a reflection of who you and should make it very clear to the customer s what your business is and what you could offer them that others cannot.


It’s about them

One of the foundations of business is your customers. Without them, you won’t have any income and quite frankly, no or less reason to be around in business in the first place. :)

It’s one thing to catch their attention and get them interested and excited about the prospect of working for them or with them. But, as mentioned above, it doesn’t end there because you have to follow through with excellent service. There’s also something to be said for building a great relationship with clients that fosters years of good business and good times.

That’s what Rita Ballard, a virtual assistant for seven years and owner of Healer’s Helper, wants to emphasize in her article Are You Providing Outstanding Customer Service?

A few ideas

Being with customers is a lot like being on stage. You can’t let them see what’s going on with your personal life or make them feel whatever you’re feeling, because it’s all about them. This is important to remember. :) You are in the business you’re in because you have a unique product or service that you can offer, which you use to answer a specific market need. Every time you face a customer, that’s what you want them to see. I don’t mean that you have to be less than honest with them or some such. You just have to remember that there’s a time for everything. Being in front of a customer means business. You can always deal with your personal situations after work.

Always remember that tone, gestures or actions and manner are also very important when dealing with clients. Your tone relays your message, your actions support them and your manners cement the deal. Be courteous on the phone or in person, add a few gestures and touches to make the setting more friendly and personal and don’t forget to show them respect. When they feel they could trust you, you’ll be first on their list. When they remember your excellent service and you’ve captured their attention and preference, they’ll end up going back to you repeatedly – with possible references and word-of-mouth advertising too. :)

Practices that benefit

To give you a better view on how you could reap benefits from excellent customer-service, let me quote and share below the exact same practices that Rita Ballard follows in her own business (and in Rita’s own words no less :) ):

  • Promptly return phone calls.
  • Go the extra mile; give a little extra, for free.
  • Send small, inexpensive (but not cheap or tacky) gifts to new clients.
  • Keep in constant contact.
  • Remember customers on major holidays with a card or postcard.
  • Ask, “Is there anything else I can help you with?”, and mean it.
  • Chat with your customers about their interests.
  • Offer to link back to their websites, or place an article of theirs on your site.
  • Refer them to others who need what they offer.
  • Always say, “Thank you!”
  • Call or email just to say hi.
  • Tell them how much you enjoy working with them – often.
  • Provide freebies occasionally – articles, pens, notepads, etc.
  • Remember birthdays.
  • Be creative and unique.
  • Show them easier, more efficient, or faster ways to do things.

When dealing with customers, always remember that they’re the stars and it’s all about them. Excellent customer service equals success. Before you get there, you’ll have to work and capture your clients’ attention by making a good first impression. Be sure that you don’t waste any of yours and more importantly, their time. :) Make the first few seconds count, since they are, quite possibly, the only ones you’re going to get.

Do you have anecdotes on first impressions or additional customer-service tips you’d like to share? Just post in the comments section below and let us know.

Until next time!

Adaire



It All Counts

March 13th, 2010 by Liz in Financial Freedom

This year, 2010, is predicted to be one of recovery. With positive and hopeful news popping up from all corners every once in a while, and with plenty of experts such as John and Jane Doe pitching in their two cents’ worth and professing their supposed money-making

secrets, it’s hard not to get into the hype of things. After all, who doesn’t want good news and free advice, right? <g>

You just have to wonder though, if all’s well, then how come we haven’t seen any major improvements lately? Why are there closures and unemployment rates still being reported? We all know it will take a while before we recover completely, but during uncertain times such as now, who do we believe?

Well, it just so happens that Al Jacobs , a columnist and author of Nobody’s Fool: A Skeptics Guide to Prosperity with four decades’ experience in the investment business, shared a few tips with us in his Small Business CEO Magazine article Four Reasons to be Skeptical of Economic Pronouncements.


Grain of Salt

My husband Ric and I are supporters and promoters of trust; positivism; using your inner strengths and harnessing your true potential to reach your goals; attracting and working for the life you want and the like. We reach and counsel people through our various online marketing businesses such as Small Business CEO Magazine, HealthyWealthynWise, The Transperience Network, Internet Marketing TNT Magazine and others. However, even we have to admit that there’s something to be said for being careful and playing the skeptic every once in a while.

According to Al Jacobs, here are four types of people we shouldn’t believe right away when they give their economic predictions or pronouncements. In other words, always take their advice with a grain of salt.

Career Prognosticators
To keep things simple, I’ll call them theorists. <g> They are the scholars, academics, economists and proclaimed authorities who have studied the rules, beliefs and teachings of economics, but have never really applied these lessons to their own lives, put up their own businesses or invested their money in any risky venture. Sure, they may know the industry wholly on paper, but they don’t know how it really works from the inside where you’re taken through the loops of investments and profits.

I firmly believe in experience being the best teacher. So, if they haven’t gotten their hands dirty, so to speak, how would we be able to fully rely on their wisdom?    

Those with a Vested Interest
Vested interest, quite intriguing, isn’t it? <g> In reality, who doesn’t commit this every once in a while? Of course I’ll say the online marketing business is booming now more than ever, mostly because I’m in it and also because, in my case, it is utterly true. <g> But for some, they would say that their business is doing fantastic, just because they want people to invest somewhat blindly with them in order to turn profit.

I don’t condone those who lie or say what people want to hear just so they could make a few quick bucks though. I believe that if you have a vested interest in something, you should work with people to improve on it and to make sure that your interest is indeed protected.     

Media Representatives
Need I say more? <g> Like the career prognosticators, they may or may not have actual experience with putting up and running their own businesses. However, they have the smarts and the talents to keep up with the goings on around them – mostly since they were trained to do just that.

Media people always put their own spin on things, and they could expand and expound until their faces turn blue, as long as they’re getting their required sound byte, audio clip or newspaper space out there. Since they also receive their information from third-party resources, it’s not assured that their understanding of the situation or topic is a hundred percent. Being good at what they do however, could help them become believable experts. I applaud the few, however, who manage to give honor and integrity to this noble profession.

Knowledgeable Participants


These are the real McCoy’s. Since they’ve actually dug, fought and won in the business trenches, they are qualified opinion makers and possible experts. However, since they’ve been through business ups and downs, they are very careful on what to say or share. They wouldn’t want their competitors to know their success secrets. Those who’ve done shady deals and things, however, do not want their dirty laundry to be aired in public either.

Finally we have experienced people we could tap for useful information, but who could blame most of them if they want their closely guarded processes, well, guarded. <g>


Follow Through

No matter who you seek advice from and chose to believe though, it’s still up to you to devise a plan on how to get return on investment (ROI) for your business – big or small. A shoddy marketing plan can break your business and set you back a ways if you’re not conscientious enough. Carl Roughsedge, a director of a global firm that supplies marketing and design to businesses with two decades’ experience in marketing, gives us three tips on how to guarantee ROI in marketing in his Small Business CEO Magazine article Getting Return on Your Investment for Marketing.

Research


Before you dive into anything, especially a business, it helps to be aware of what you’re getting yourself into – what you have to deal with and how to go about dealing with them.

When planning any marketing strategy, you must first determine the audience you’d like your business or product to attract. Find a need that you want to and can actually provide, while factoring in the demographics – location, spending power, sex, age and social class – of your intended clients in reference to your business type & size. Search for the best way to approach your target audience.

Trust me, you wouldn’t want to spend precious time and money in marketing, only to find out in the end that you’re advertising to the wrong crowd. Much like hopping on the subway, only to realize at the end of the route that you were actually going the wrong way. <g>

Find Your Niche


As I’ve always stressed in my posts, make sure that when you put up a business or sell a product that you’re actually filling a market need.
Since just about everything imaginable has already been thought of and is either in distribution, production or planning already, you have to find what’s special and different about your product or service. Hone in on your unique selling proposition (USP) and find your niche. Create or form the right marketing message for your service or product. When you can set yourself apart from your competition, then you have the advantage. Wouldn’t it be nice to stand out from a group of drones and carbon copies? <g>

Right Creative Execution

This, my friends, is the end game. <g> No matter how well you know your audience, carefully plan your marketing strategy, formulate your marketing message and hope to establish your product from the rest, it will all fall flat if you fail at the creative execution.

The way to the end is as important as your means. How you get somewhere is as important as your destination. Always make it a point to spend whatever time and money you need in order to execute your strategies without a hitch. It always pays to present something professional, persuasive, convincing and well thought off to your audience. How will they trust your product or service if you can’t present it to them properly? It’s not easy, but sometimes, it’s all about the presentation. After all, how many first impressions can you get? <g>      

Do you have economic predictions or marketing tips you would like to share with us? Let us know through the comments section below.

Happy strategizing!
Liz



Where It All Begins

March 9th, 2010 by Adaire in Financial Freedom, Lifestyle

What gives us the reason to rise every morning and face the day ahead? How do our jobs become exciting? Which activities bring color to our days? No matter our thoughts or actions, there’s always some reason behind them — the impetus, if you will, that inspired or motivated us to do them in the first place. Even if we try to deny or ignore them, they’re just right there hiding in the corners of our minds. :)

Ric Thompson had a Small Business CEO Magazine TALK (The Application of Learnable Knowledge) session with well-known author of such books as A Whole New Mind, Free Agent Nation and most recently, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel Pink. Their TALK, entitled The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, can be accessed through HERE.



What Drives Us
During the TALK, Daniel Pink introduced the three drives that motivate people to do things. As humans progress, so do their needs and lifestyle, as well as the reasons behind the actions they perform in order to meet those needs.

Biological
This throws us way back in time, even as far as when humans first existed on Earth. We felt hungry, we ate. We felt thirsty, we drank. We felt sleepy, we slept. The reasons behind our actions were simple and uncomplicated. It was all very basic, very human. Our bodies dictated our needs.

How simple life could have been back then! To have simple wants, simple needs and freer time. :) Oh, but it must have been dangerous too, since a lot of the world and its other inhabitants were still unknown to us. We were also not yet equipped with the right tools for surviving in any and all environments.

Reward and Punishment
As the need to separate from small tribes of people, explore more of the world and learn more than what we saw and knew before our eyes nagged at us, humans started inventing technology and creating their own processes. As the systems became more elaborate, so did the needs and wants of people. The reward and punishment ideals then came into play. People desired for things they wanted to be rewarded with and avoided those that would bring punishment to them.

As mentioned by Daniel Pink, this second drive brought about the Industrial Revolution, wherein people worked hard to make such big improvements in their lives which then led to even bigger wants and needs. What a busy and productive time that must have been! :) With everyone pushing to create something of their own to contribute to the revolution. With changes springing up from different corners of the world, knowledge, enlightenment and manual labor were certainly valued. Imagine how many businesses started and grew during that time. There must have been thousands! :) I can just picture everyone’s excitement for every new invention and hunger for every new change there were. :)

Higher Purpose
When we’ve already come up with every possible invention that could make our lives easier, the journey suddenly stops for a while doesn’t it? :) This is when we tend to focus more on ourselves. We look for bigger things to do — things that would direct us towards something greater, something that matters more and is much larger than ourselves.

This, I believe, is when dreams are made. When we’ve taken care of our physical and mental wants and needs, the emotional and spiritual ones call attention to themselves. Why not? They deserve to be fulfilled and honed as well, don’t they? :) It’s always important for us to realize our own purpose and try as best as we can to fulfill it within our lifetime.

How do these all relate in business? :) Well, the biological could be the beginning stages. When we first start the business, we just see the market need we want to fulfill and the customers or clients we want to serve. It’s simple, we have the means to provide what they require.

The reward and punishment may come later when we come up with better processes for our business. When we work harder and harder to make a name for ourselves, and we aim to corner the market and be number one. The rewards are great when we reach our goals, but the punishment is equally hard when we fail. We praise ourselves for the triumphs, but become too hard on ourselves, or maybe even destructive, when things don’t always work out.

The search for higher purpose and the power to direct our own lives hit us when we least expect it. When we’ve accomplished our goals or are nearly burned out from doing the same things over and over every day, the need to create something different and far bigger than we ever imagined brings our excitement and motivation to a higher level.
True Motivation

We work harder, aim higher and are happy with whatever we’re doing when we are truly motivated. Daniel Pink mentioned that the components of true motivation are: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

Autonomy is our ability to direct our own lives and actions towards something good — our ability to make something out of nothing within a short span of time. This is the test of our creativity and resourcefulness. It gives us a chance to tap into our unique talents and skills and to discover just how brilliant the human mind can be. When left alone to our own devices with trust and freedom, we find that we do deliver better results and end up doing something great.

Mastery comes from knowing what we want to do and knowing exactly how to go about doing them. There are a lot of technology and processes out there that we could learn and tap into in order to help us fulfil our needs. We are more energized if we know how to do the things we need to do.

Purpose. This is probably the greatest component of all. It’s always fun and more meaningful when we know that what we’re doing has purpose and would be useful to someone, somewhere. It’s not always about money. Sometimes, the mere knowledge that someone needs whatever we could offer them is enough to drive us.

When we’re given true motivation, we are able to build and make something that would last longer. Not to mention, our energy would always be recharged, and our drives renewed. :) We may claim that we don’t know where we get our motivation from most times. In reality though, they come from all around us. We may just not see them all the time, but we could learn to recognize them. By doing this, we’ll be able to direct ourselves towards what really matters to us and what would help us leave our marks in this world.

How about you? Have you ever been truly motivated in your life? What great results came from this motivation? Let us know your story through the comments section below.

To listen to Ric Thompson’s TALK (The Application of Learnable Knowledge) session with Daniel Pink, go to this link
Keep motivated everyone!
Adaire