Lack of motivation is the main cause of failure. 

If you are not in touch with your passion and what you want to achieve out of life, you are never going to get things done. Nothing is going to move you – or motivate you, unless you motivate yourself first. 

Most people walk through life half-asleep, taking on one task after another to keep themselves in the busy mode

What do you need to do in order to pull this burden out of you and approach things differently in life?

You need to create a vision that ignites your passion. A vision is a future outcome you want to achieve or problem to avoid for various reasons. 

Will you drive a car without knowing your destination? Unfortunately, many people are driving their cars without any sense of where there are going. This path leads to frustration and anxiety out of life, because there’s always something that would be missing – a destination. 

Where do you want to go in live? What goals do you have? What do you want to accomplish? 

Why you want to go where you want to go? Why do you have those goals in the first place? Why you want to accomplish what you want to accomplish?

Most people have a hard time finding their true motivation behind their actions. They have no idea what motivates them – getting involved in activities that are not serving them well.

If you clearly know your outcome, you’ll find your true motivation there. 

For instance, why do you want to start a business in the first place? 

If your answer is to get money is not good enough. You need to ask yourself why do you want to get more money?

If your answer is to get out of debt, why is so important to get out of debt? 

If your answer is to get more freedom, what does freedom mean to you? Why is freedom so important?

This can be for numerous of reasons – like to spend more time with family, do whatever you want, go wherever you want, etc. 

If you motivation behind starting a business is just to make money it is not going to get you far. But if you want to be able to provide to your family, be with them, and do whatever you want is a much stronger motivator to get engaged and do whatever it takes to make it happen. 

True motivation comes from your passion. Your passion comes from your goals. Your goals come from your ability to bring change: to either achieve a result or avoid pain. 

Once you have that clarity of what your outcome would look like (your vision), set your goals around to accomplish that vision. 

For instance, what’s the vision of the company you want to create? The vision does not have to involve your self or some personal gains, but what the people who become part of your company can get?

The key is to be specific and have an emotional outcome in mind – something that would bother you if not done in one way or another. You want to relate your outcome to something you can measure, touch or feel. That’s how you can get a feedback whether you are moving closer to your outcome or not. The closer you move to your outcome, the more engaged you are going to be to endure failures along the way. 

For instance, if you make $30,000 you can travel to Italy, Amsterdam, and paddle around in a boat through the Grand Canal of Venice. Then you can go to China and visit the Forbidden City, see the massive constructions there and go to Shanghai to visit some friends from Facebook who promised you to take you on a tour. If you are that specific, how hard you are going to work on your outcome and get $30,000 as a net cash-flow income. 

It all starts with your believes. You need to believe that it is possible to reach that outcome first, because you can’t fool yourself for that long. When you see the process on how to get there, it becomes a matter of time. The work that needs to be done along the way will not feel like work at all, because you have a clearly defined outcome. 

You need to calculate how much money (passive income) you need to generate per day to reach your outcome. If $1,000/day will do the trick, what you need to do to make it happen? 

There are things you can do on the Internet can bring you a pretty steady cash-flow, especially if you produce things constantly: new books, new videos, new products, new podcasts, etc.  Nothing will happen out of the blue, if you do not produce what people want to buy. 

Once you know how much money you need to make per day to achieve your financial independence, you’ll do what works, which instantly will give you the motivation to push through challenges to make it reality. 

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How many times you’ve been reaching a point where things just do not work out for you, and somehow you are finding reasons why things would get worse?

Perhaps you haven’t given up, yet, but this feeling of aimlessness makes the entire experience more painful.

When you try to find what works, for some reason you feel frustrated, because you have certain doubts and fears. Reaching that low point where you think things are not going anywhere, especially with your online business, can shoot you down very quickly.

You need something else in order to bring yourself back up. You need the motivation to keep you going undoubtedly and work until you get there.


So, how to work it all out?

How to overcome this temptation of “not being good enough” and feeling like being lost down the road?

1) First, You need to know that this is a temporary condition. All those negative feelings, like the feeling of failure, the feeling of aimlessness, powerlessness, and not knowing what to do, are just illusions created by the mind. They are nothing more than just irrational fantasies that are running inside your head.

That’s completely normal, we all have those, because of the unknown, some level uncertainty and doubts.

You need to be aware that those feelings are NOT going to last forever, because everyday of life is different, bringing you new opportunities and challenges that can replace your current conditions or situations at ANY TIME.

2) The most successful people today were in the lowest point of their life. Not everyone inherits wealth and opportunities. Most self-made millionaires were living in cars, vans, and the world barely knew they existed.

I’ve been studying some of the most successful people in general, and I can tell that they all have something in common. Despite all difficulties and challenges, they stayed longer and persisted more than everyone else, because they needed CHANGE.

“Persistence trumps talent.” – Daniel Pink. There are a lot of talented people out there, but they fail, because they give up and quit in the face of any challenge. Your job is to stay longer and believe in yourself that things are going to work out. It’s a mind game.

3) Stop looking for certainty. The high levels of anxiety most people get are because they do not take risks and always move along the path of less resistance. Nothing is certain in this world, things are too unpredictable and chaotic, but you have to be strong to handle whatever life brings you.

Steve Jobs, in a commencement speech at Stanford, said that you have to connect the dots backwards. You have to look back into life and see what you already know to connect the dots, because you can’t predict what the future would look like and connecting them in the future.

Looking for certainly creates inner friction inside of us. This is causing inaction, procrastination and all of the negative emotions associated with that experience. Instead, look at the uncertain world and be ready to handle whatever life brings you, because you have dreams to feed.

4) The law of attraction is not all hype. There’s a certain sense of truth when it comes to the “law of attraction.” You attract the people, circumstance, and money, based on what you THINK and how you take ACTION, associated with your beliefs. When you chase things in life, they move away from you. Do not chase, but set the conditions you need and let them come to you. However, nothing is going to come to you unless you put certain effort into whatever you are trying to accomplish. 

There’s a difference between wishing/knowing and doing to make it happen. You can’t get out of the situation you are in, unless you take action, not just thinking or considering doing it.

5) Be willing to make mistakes.

“Every result, good or bad, is an asset, as long as you learn from it.” – John Reese

Do not be afraid to experiment and make mistakes. This feeling of “avoiding the failure” can paralyze us from exploring things and taking action. Be playful, test things out. If something does not work is a lesson all by itself. When things work is a different lesson.

Make mistakes, they are part of life. Do not be afraid to fail. Sure, if we lose it does not feel good, but the rewards after multiple failures, as a result of succeeding, are ten times more fulfilling.

6) Do not expect instant results. Most people expect an instant fix to their problems, especially the financial ones. They  bring false expectations, which leads to frustration. The reason why failure appears to be so painful is because of focusing on monetary results, rather than something that may have a long-term fulfillment – like making a difference in somebody Else’s life, making the world a better place, etc.

Having an online business is NOT just about you. You need to bring people in (customers, partners, team members) that have to trust and like you. If you think about yourself all the time, extracting and getting money from others, you’ll eventually reach a point where things are not moving as expected. That’s why people give up.

7) Wake up with the idea of “today would be better than yesterday.” All the things you do in the morning determine your ENTIRE DAY. It’s the same with your thoughts, emotions and convictions. The way you start experiencing things in the morning are going to give you the map for the day.

When you eat healthy food in the morning, you’ll have the energy to maintain it in the afternoon and even the evening.

If you turn on the TV in the morning, and see all the horrible in the terrible – we usually see in the news – it’s going to tune your psyche in a negative and less optimistic way of viewing things. Being positive or optimistic is key to sustain high performance, especially if things do not work out at the beginning.

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It seems that there’s always a big, fat and ugly task in front of us that has to be completed, in order to move things forward.

For some reason we do not like that task, because it is too big, too complex, or just we do not enjoy doing it. The task does not resonate with what we usually do, but we have to get the job done!

“Ugly Tasks” by its nature are the most important tasks to complete. Logically, does not make any sense to procrastinate on the most important tasks that are going to make the difference in our business.

Well, it turns out that we are not logical beings. And the lack of motivation or lack of interest slows things down, and that’s is associated with our emotions.


Why “Ugly Tasks” Seem Discouraging?

1) The task is too big, fat and complex – we can’t get our heads around it at first. It seems like we do not know from where to start, let alone to get it done.

What To Do About It: Break down the tasks into smaller components or manageable pieces, where you can do only one piece or component of that task at a time. I find that the smaller the sub-tasks the better. View a big task as a large category that consists of smaller sub-categories. Big tasks seem to be too abstract, so we have to make them more specific, translating them into something more tangible to see the smaller pieces within it or different ways of completing it.

Example: Let’s say you have a website, but there are no visitors in it. You want to drive traffic to that website to get more visitors.

Isn’t that a big task? Right, from where to start? There are so many ways to drive traffic to a website, so we can get lost in the options we get.

First, you want to ask yourself, in how many ways I can do this task (driving traffic to a website)? Let’s say we know only two ways for simplicity: PPC (Per Per Click) & Social Media.

Second, you want to pick only one way of doing that task, let’s say we pick driving traffic using Social Media.

Third, you want to choose which Social Media site you want to use first, Twitter, Facebook etc. Let’s say we choose Twitter

Fourth, now what to do on Twitter to drive traffic to your website? This is more manageable task, and we can take action upon it right away, because we know what to do with it. If we had, driving traffic to the website, it is too general, and we do not know from where to start.

You want to drill down the bigger task into smaller pieces as shown in the example above to get the ugly task done.

2) The Task Is Unpleasant To Do, or Lack Of Interest – it is not fun completing that task, we do not like it, and there’s no way of even considering touching it, unless we wash our hands later :-]

What To Do About It: Develop a sense of urgency. That’s the inner drive to get the job done, because you may lose something along the way if you do not. So you want to set a deadline to complete that task that usually creates a sense of urgency.

Example: Ask yourself, “what I am going to LOSE, if I do not complete this ugly task?” If it is something insignificant, then that’s the reason why you are procrastinating it, because you are not going to lose as much, if you do not complete this task. You want to set up the stage in a way that you can lose something big if the task is not completed on time.

Ask yourself, what do you fear the most? And say to yourself, If I do not complete this task, my worst fear may come true. Then try to imagine as if the worst fear is really happening or at least you want to consider it, so if you want to avoid that fear, you better do this UGLY TASK right away…

Fear is one of the most powerful motivators of the human psyche, you can use it at your advantage to get things done.

3) Fear Of Failure – we do not want to face the consequences of failure so we postpone and delay tasks and projects for longer period of time

What To Do About It: What does failure mean to you? Is it an obstacle? Why do you fear failure? What would happen if you fail? Answer to each of those questions on a piece of paper. The fear of failure can be defeated by facing the consequences directly. You need to have the courage to face the failure and imagine the worst possible outcome there is. Fear of failure has a lot to do with perfectionism, trying to make things perfect so we do not have to fail, because it is all perfect.

Example: I fear that if I do not get the job done, I am not going to get the results that I want for myself, I am going to lose everything and be poor until the rest of my life. Debt collectors knocking on my door all the time. If I really want to prevent that from happening, I better get the job done. The task may be ugly and uninteresting, but I have to get it done if I really want to get the results that I want out of my business.

4) Fear Of Success – if we succeed at this task, that means there would be more work and responsibility and we do not want that.

Most people take “the easy” way, they like to be lazy and collect the checks in the mail. So when they see a lot of work in from of them, they procrastinate and not getting it done.

If nothing is done, there’s no progress. Fear of success or self-sabotage is getting in our way to become who we really want.

What To Do About It: The more we accomplish things and bring tasks the completion, the more our work is not going to feel like real work. That’s because our brain releases endorphins each time we complete a task, and we feel certain sense of accomplishment as we do, building momentum as we go along. Yes, there is going to be more work, and there’s going to be more responsibility, but if you really want the results you want out your business, if you really want more freedom (time and financial), you are going to achieve a lot more, and people are going to respect or like you even more as a result of that.

Example: Do you remember the recent funeral of Michael Jackson? When he was alive, the press was insulting him for various of reasons, but after his death, people remember his achievements and successes more than the flaws he had, and they respect him more for the success and the achievements he made in his career. It seemed to be a lot of work, performing on stage, concerts, preparations, but the show business did not seem as real work for Michael Jackson, and he loved what he was doing. All of his accomplishments were based on lots of effort, responsibility and hard work.

5) Distractions – they cause delays, because we lose concentration. We get carried away from our work, and it takes long time to come back to where we were. It is a form of procrastination, because as others interrupt us, we try to escape in long conversations with them or hanging out with them as an excuse of not doing the work.

It is like, “Oh, you interrupt me, thanks God!” :-] I was about to do it myself, but now I have a good reason for it.

This is going to slow things down tremendously, escaping every time we try to finish an important task…

What To Do About It: You may want to read this article, “3 Simple Ways To Cope At Home Distractions And Be More Productive.

However, there’s something you can do in this scenario, when someone interrupts you in the middle of your work, and you escape with them in order to eliminate the emotional burden from the “ugly task.”

When someone interrupts you, it gives you good reasons to postpone that task. Now it is the time to find good reasons why you SHOULD NOT postpone that task to overcome the reasons why you should.

If the “should not” reasons are stronger than “should” reasons, you’ll deal with the interruptions accordingly, and force yourself to get the job done.

So next time when you do not like a task, and someone interrupts you, as if he/she is your “savior,” ask yourself, “If I go along with this person, and if I do not get this job done, how’s that going to affect my business?” Find as many bad reasons as you can to STAY at it. 

6) Doing The Insignificant Stuff First – we get caught up in checking emails, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter stats, and other activities that you really shouldn’t be doing which take a large portion of your day, and we end up doing nothing that’s important (the ugliest, biggest and fattest task).

What To Do About It: You may want to read this article, “How To Organize Your Work Without Getting Distracted By Small Unproductive Activities?

7) “Eat That Frog” – Brian Tracy refers to an “ugly task” as an “ugly frog,” and he wrote a book that’s called, “Eat That Frog” – 21 Great Ways To Stop Procrastinating, Improve Organization Skills And Get More Done In Less Time. I read it myself, and it helped me tremendously to achieve the time independence I have today.

If you really struggle with procrastination or lack of motivation, you may want to consider getting the audio version of this book.

Because effective time management is the key to success in your professional life. “Eat That Frog” is a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day. You can even get an audio version of the book, so that you do not have to read it. Get It Now!

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