Winter is coming, with the ‘winter’ blues closely following.
Ok, to be honest, I can’t complain a whole lot. At least not compared to many of you who live in countries where winter strikes with all its force and might. Guatemala is the land of the eternal Spring–our temperature (in the city at least) doesn’t drop as much as it does in other parts of the world.
But still, we do get cold weather and, no, we don’t have heating in our houses or workspaces. Which is why if you’re looking for me, you’ll find me in my new ‘office’ — home, on the floor, real close to the chimney, with bright fluffy socks on.
Don’t believe me? Here’s your proof.
All jokes aside though, staying motivated can sometimes be a full-time job in and out of itself (and not only during the winter!). Motivation is key to success; it’s what keeps us going when we come across challenges and obstacles, it’s what keeps us wanting to do more and give more to fulfill our projects or goals.
What keeps you motivated? What’s your secret?
Everyone has different motivations and reasons for doing what they do. Everyone also has different approaches to staying motivated. As with many other things, there’s no one size fits all and one magic formula or mantra that’ll do the trick for everyone. But that doesn’t mean that what’s worked for others won’t work for you.
So here is some Motivation Monday for you.
Our friends over at Powowonow UK took the time to ask CEOs, Chairmen, Presidents, and Founders to share what keeps them going and what’s helped them be successful.
Chris Brogan: CEO of Owner Media Group
When you’re in a rut…
“When you’re stuck, be helpful. When you’re down, be helpful. Helping others is the secret to finding your own success.”
David Williams: CEO and Chairman of Fishbowl Inventory
To find success…
“Promises must be more than words, even if they require sacrifice.”
Tim Berry: Founder and Chairman of Palo Alto Software
Find a work-life balance…
“Don’t lead your life to make your business better. Run your business to make your life better.”
Tink Taylor: Founder and President of dotmailer
Team management is key…
“Your staff are your most important asset; look after them, and they will look after your prospects and customers.”
Christos Pittis: Microsoft Dynamics Lead Consultant at Ocean Dynamics Group LTD
Find networking success…
“Once you start learning how to fight your cognitive biases, important people may want to have a cup of tea with you.”
Michael Litman: CEO of Burst Insights
Follow your ideas through…
“Ideas are everywhere, but great execution is hard.”
Ed Relf: Digital Entrepreneur
How to beat the competition…
“When developing a strategy, think of the three things your competitors would hate the most, then do them!”
Ian Calvert: VIP Futurist at IBM
Develop your business in line with technology…
“As the world becomes more mobile, if you aren’t making your business mobile, every minute your potential customers are passing you by and using companies that do use the New Way To Engage.”
As this wise cat says: