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Old 09-27-2010, 11:29 AM
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Aloha!

What do you do to keep your motivation and avoid giving up?

Some people say they meditate, some people told me they reminisce about money every time they get tired of sitting on the computer working on their sites, thinking that visualizing their goal (money) would keep them interested...

Me personally, whenever I get tired or bored of being on the computer doing this thing (not that often, since I love my job) I imagine getting bigger, having more and more visitors and "fans" for my sites, and that usually helps me getting forward and pass the hard times.

How do you keep the fire going on then?
 
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:58 PM
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I also go to use social media when feeling bored. But any article to use SM for business?
 
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:56 PM
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I visualize this 24 foot alligator chasing me...and if I don't finish my project...CHOMP...

Seriously....
A mental picture (aided by notes on a white board) of the final target (goal)..
Can keep me on track...I try to be realistic and move forward within a reachable time frame...

The white board helps to keep the "big picture" visible and also aids in avoiding the "side tracks"...

And...self discipline..."only you can make YOU successful"....
 
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:33 AM
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Hey Jim!

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I visualize this 24 foot alligator chasing me...and if I don't finish my project...CHOMP...
NO! I better keep working then! If an alligator (or Lady Gaga) would be chasing me!

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Seriously....
A mental picture (aided by notes on a white board) of the final target (goal)..
Can keep me on track...I try to be realistic and move forward within a reachable time frame...
The white board helps to keep the "big picture" visible and also aids in avoiding the "side tracks"...
YES! The (PHYSICAL) drawing board is such an important factor. I keep track of my progress for the past 11 months, and this usually makes me realize how far I have gotten and how far I am from where I want to reach. However, these notes don't only motivate us, it actually gives you a clear picture of what you should and shouldn't have done, so you can maximize the value of the lesson.

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And...self discipline..."only you can make YOU successful"....
This is probably the core question, how do you discipline yourself? I find it really so hard, I am like a 6 years old when it comes to commitment compared to action.

Thanks for the tips, if you have time please give some more tips for self-discipline

Aloha
 
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:40 AM
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I also go to use social media when feeling bored. But any article to use SM for business?
That's a bit off the topic, however, you can find lots of tips and ways to promote your business using social media here on V7Network, besides lots of articles on Google. If you still have no luck, try to start a thread about it, and I am sure lots of people would be much help here.

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Old 09-28-2010, 07:15 PM
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I like my work too, maybe it is a little boring in some extent, but i can search interest from it, and I have a goal: whatever i do, i will finish well, so interest and insistence keep me motivatte about online bussiness.
 
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:51 PM
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You could just write up a work schedule.....
Allow a certain amount of time for each task.....schedule a break or two and give yourself some "playtime"
AND stick to your schedule..

On the schedule write...."Follow this or fail".......
 
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:18 AM
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I keep things around that remind me of my goals.
 
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Old 09-29-2010, 06:42 AM
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Hello Adam - how do you do?

I've been self employed running various companies for over 28 years.
In which time I've lived through a couple of bad recessions, when the
going really has got quite tough.

I wake up every day pleased as punch that I'm waking to something
brand spanking new, the very fact that I have never lived this day
before and this gives me tremendous excitement and motivation - to
fill my new day with good stuff and not bad crap and nonsense.

When you've been going for as long as I have non-stop, regularly
putting in well in excess of 100 hours per week, the motivation comes
quite naturally - it is so built in and/or programmed into my senses.

What other choice is there but to carry on and try and be positive
about everything you do?

Life is precious, time is valuable - I/we have a choice...

We can either mourn our lot in life or go kick some ass that will
change our life tomorrow or the lives of others around us.

The more good we put out there, the more good comes back to
us too.

And no, money is not the be all and end all in life.

Do I have all of the money I want?

Nope, far from it, but does it matter? Are there more important
things in life besides making money? You can bet your bottom
dollar there are. It's about getting your priorities right.

Being happy, fulfilled in your work, being satisfied, finding
contentment, enjoying good health and having the pleasure
of good family relationships and making friends along the way,
are all much more important than simply making money alone.

This is the measure of a mans success, what is on the inside,
not just what is on the outside from a materialistic point of view.

I do insist these days going away on vacation every weekend
without fail.

It may be a bit ropey, it may be old, it may have a bit of character
but it does the job - my old van converted into a motorhome.

In the back I have a comfortable bed, a chest of drawers, a table
and lamp, a loo, a gas stove and a calor gas heater. The decoration
on my walls consists of my yacht sails, fenders, rowlocks and oars
and whatknot.

Come Friday evening, I hop in, spark the old girl up and drive
somewhere very beautiful, park up for the night, jump in the back
and start swigging on red wine, settling back to read a good book
or two.

You'll usually find me on top of the moors somewhere out in the
middle of nowhere. Smoke a few dooberries and you believe you're
in heaven.

Unwind, chill out, relax, no computers, no tv, no mobile phone, just
me, some good books and my ecletic music collection for company.

Roll on Monday morning and you feel revived and ready to take on
the new week.

This is how I stay motivated.

Kindest regards,


Mark Andrews...

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Old 10-12-2010, 10:44 PM
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I keep things around that remind me of my goals.
Like reminder cell phone alarm or other things?
 
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:00 AM
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Sometimes I read posts like this one, it helps to see that I'm not only one in the world with same problem
My imagination also helps, I can escape into the future, than come back to reality, and keep working hard to catch up what I saw.
 
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:09 AM
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i sometimes read success stories
 
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:37 AM
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Aside from the fact that hunger is a great motivator and if I go live under a bridge it'd really piss off my horses (not to mention my wife)... I find keeping a few forums (not many) open in another screen gives some company while I go thru the day.

Plus you have someone around if you have a question, and there are lots of guys here in the same industry if I need an assist or have a tech query. Using a dual monitor setup allows a free screen to keep social and work activities in view (but separate) simultaneously when I dont need both screens for what I'm doing.

I also have my internal forum where my team works, plus AIM & Skype open (via Trillian) for communicating on the fly with our techs or edit team, so I'm pretty much in communication with folks all thru the workday but it doesnt feel "workish" cause I enjoy what I do.

Having spent many years in TRW in an industry where there were constantly co-workers physically present, it's been an adjustment to not have folks around, so it's cool to have a community like this to fill that gap. Having been in webmaster forums since webmaster forums began, I can say with a high degree of confidence that this one stands head and shoulders above others as far as a sense of community. [I don't say that because I'm a mod here... more like I'm a mod here because I feel that way. Cricket is easily the best Admin in the biz, and a helluvalot cuter than Shawn or Will Spencer at my other haunts. I almost never flirt with Will. :p]

To mix it up a bit, I take the laptop outside and work from the deck or the patio in the sunshine. Beats always sitting behind a desk. Nice view of grazing critters, and by the end of summer my skin looks like I'm a lifeguard instead of a someone that gets their tan from a computer screen.

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Old 10-13-2010, 03:04 PM
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For me it is sitting down checking out all my stats and serps position. For me the most exciting thing is making top ten on Google, Bing, and Yahoo over and over and over for many different keywords. I also love writing and when I am not working online I am thinking about my next blog post or website. This is one of the biggest factors of success though if you don't get excited about your online presence then after a while you will probably give it up. Good topic/question.
 
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:29 PM
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Aloha Adam,

What do you do to keep your motivation and avoid giving up?

Interesting question! For me my motivations are promoting the beautiful Islands of Hawaii, the spirit of Aloha and for people that cannot travel there, possibility to buy a slice of paradise through our products made in Hawaii.

Oh yes it is hard to be well known, sometimes we are frustrated and want to give up particularly in this economic crisis, BUT our business represent much more than selling products
 
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:54 PM
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My family keeps me motivate every day, they're the one giving me strength to work. I love to work especially online because we can have bond and make money at the same time.
 
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:34 PM
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Sometimes if I can I make a game out of it particularly if it is boring. You have to figure out what motivates first don't you?? I think that is the real question then put that into effect or apply it to what you are trying to do??
 
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:08 PM
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what motivated me is always thiking .. so easy is to give up, but so hard is keep going,
so I want always keep going becouse I never like easy way in life

so remeber never give up!!!!!!
 
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:27 PM
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The constant reminder that at the end i may be rich

But my main goal is to have a business large enough to own a small office, Employ few people and help share the wealth of the business with people.

That goal always in mind keeps me motivated.

if not,
Beer helps.
 
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:47 PM
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to see sale on my site increasing is my motivation
 
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