There is definitely an art to achieving your goals. Part of that is staying motivated. With a job and a boss, keeping your job would be enough motivation for you to do what you are required to get your paycheck. There is also structure where you have defined duties to perform in a certain time period.
When you are your own boss working from home to build your own online business, you have to have discipline and make a commitment to yourself. It is all too easy to tell yourself you will do it tomorrow or next week; so in setting your goals it will help you if you give yourself deadlines (and try not to make excuses for why you did not achieve what you set out to do). At the same time don’t give up if you don’t make it – just set another deadline and try harder to meet it.
In creating a plan for yourself for example, don’t say ‘publish an ad’ – but say ‘publish an ad by Wednesday’ and then make a list of everything you need to do to put that together – researching your keywords, composing your text, signing up for the ad service, to actually placing the ad; outline every step of the way and really be determined not only to write a great ad, but to doing it by the deadline you have set for yourself. Don’t let anything get in your way – particularly not doubt.
It really helps to define the reasons why you might have doubt and to tear down any obstacles you create for yourself or that may actually exist. There is really nothing that you can’t overcome if you believe in yourself and strongly desire to achieve your goals. Why do you hesitate to sit down and write the ad? Do you think you do not have the writing skills?
Read through some ads and define what is good or bad about the way something is represented. How would you write it better? While you never want to ‘copy’ someone else’s composition, you definitely can use them as a blueprint or guideline when you find some writing that you feel is compelling and well-written. Re-engineer this – in other words rewrite it in your own words, saying basically the same thing in another way.
Do you not really believe in what you are selling? This is very common especially when you honestly can’t say you have done something YET or know something for sure through your own experience. Of course you don’t want to admit that but at the same time you do need to be honest. In this case you can quote what others have said or done as proof that the product or service does work. You can quote the specifications or features of something just by reading other ads or websites that sell the same thing or something very similar.
Finally, it may really help you to spend some time each day or whenever you are working on your business to read something motivational, listen to an audio or watch a video to get yourself ‘psyched up’ – There are a number of these types of things that will give you little sayings to repeat back to yourself each day – and specifically when you are feeling doubtful or skeptical about what you are doing or who you are. An example of a famous/classic one, you can usually find online for free is the eBook ‘As a Man Thinketh’ (“as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”) (James Allen) is one very good one. Just read a few paragraphs or pages at a time and you will start to feel positive! Then you will BE positive and have positive experiences and results!