I’m sure you have heard of the term, “self-motivation”.   The truth of the matter is, all motivation comes from self.   As a “motivational speaker” I am able to provide insight, suggestions, solutions and even consequences I have observed or personally experienced; but only you can “motivate” you.   As a parent I guess I could say I was able to motivate my son; the truth being more like…..”if you don’t finish your homework, you are not going out this weekend”.   Sounds very motivating to me and it was effective.  But I am not speaking to you as a mother with “if this, then that” type of a scenario.   Only you control your actions.

Let’s agree on this scenario instead….   You understand yourself.   You are motivated to accomplish a specific task or goal for the reasons which are true for you.  You plan your day or week to get it done, beginning on Monday.   Over the weekend, you do all of the chores and errands for the upcoming week.  You don’t want to be disturbed during this week of productivity.

Monday at 0800 hours concludes the countdown – you will be on the launch pad – the fire is ready to shoot out the back of your rocket and you are excited about beginning a week of devoted attention to accomplish the task!!!   You are motivated, pumped and ready to take off!

Monday morning, 0759 hour comes, and the phone rings.  Something inside of you tells you not to answer the phone.  But the caller ID is pouring out payloads of guilt.  So; you answer the phone.  At zero minus 1 minute and counting, the elderly neighbor lady speaks to you and is in need of your immediate help.   Being the kind and caring individual you are, you respond with “okay, I’ll be there in 5 minutes”.   Truth be known, you have just moved your zero hundred hours back by a minimum of one hour to 0900 hours.  Reality – one hour turns into two and then three and before you know it, the entire morning is gone.

Yes, you are exquisitely aware of the delay in your proposed schedule.  Your motivation has been slightly knocked down on the motivational scale, but you are still pumped.   You take a deep breath, decide that this is a good time to break for lunch and devote the entire afternoon to your tasks which had been assigned to the long-lost morning hours.  You say to yourself “I will be able to make it up during the rest of the week”, or; I will work this evening to make it up.  Any of this sound familiar to you?

This is my world virtually every day.  I am self-employed.  I work from my home.  To the outside world, I do nothing all day long, except stay in my house.  To those who do not live near, they know I am self-employed and have the luxury of working from home.  This translates into, “I do not work”.  Or, more commonly, my work schedule is totally flexible and I don’t have a supervisor monitoring my time like a person with a “real job” does.  Therefore, I am available to respond to emails, text messages, phone calls or Skype at any time of the day or night.  This is when my fire-driven motivation follow through becomes just out of reach.

I am at the cross-roads of my entrepreneurial life.  For three solid months now, each day has begun with great expectations and motivation to complete my hand-written list of things to do.  Each day, after interruptions from guests staying with me or family issues to be resolved (just two among the many things that have “come up” during this summer,) I am going to make two major changes in my life which support my motivational energy to result in accomplishment.

  1.   I am going to quit beating myself over the head for the loss of time and progress this summer.  Apparently, it was to be a time of less focus on business and more focus on the personal side of myself and others.
  2. I am going to set a new standard for my business hours and availability to others.  In other words, I am going to give myself the permission to say “no” to those interruptions which defeat productivity.

After all, there is no merit to beating myself up over time gone by – I can’t get it back.  I also know that at my age and point in life, I am not going to work twice as hard or twice as long to make up for “lost time”.  So, I forgive myself.

Because I am my responsible self, I am going to get back with the program and stay on track.   I will say “no” more often.  My motivation is on fire!  It is now 9:35 pm (the time I completed this writing), my follow-through is no longer out of reach.  I claim my follow-through to be in servitude to the greater motivational good!!

Amen……    and goodnight.  It has been a very long day.

Refer to presentations entitled:  “Breaking Down the I Can’t Box



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