Motivation is not really an issue for me these days and here’s why.

I built a business around doing the things I love to do. As I have identified things I don’t love to do, I have eliminated them by making the necessary changes (ie delegating where possible or otherwise simply choosing not to take on a particular type of project or customer). I had also decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to work with clients that I didn’t like. I probably could have had 3 X the business by now but I would have been miserable and to me that defeats the purpose of having my own business. The point is to have complete freedom to do what I want, when I want, where I want, and most importantly.. with whom I want. This is how I stay motivated because I have created and environment for myself that consists of only the things I love and none of the things I don’t love. So I still can’t wait to get up and check my e-mail every day and I can’t wait to get into whatever work there is for me to do that day. It isn’t “work” to me, I really look at it as an opportunity to be of service to people doing what I love, and because I love doing it, I know I will do it well – certainly better than anyone who is doing it because they feel they “have to” and most importantly better than I did it yesterday because I still love doing it!

For me it is about recognizing what I can and can’t control. I can only control me, I have no control over other people, what they do and how they behave. As soon as I acknowledge that, then I can make things happen by letting go and letting them happen. I focus on controlling my reactions and behaviors in an effort to guide others because I hope that they are on the same team but if they prove not to be then I can’t “make” them, I just need to keep moving forward myself. Ultimately I am happier and consequently more motivated because I am not frustrated by the notion that I can control something that I really can’t control – another person. Anger, frustration, fear, and even disappointment are all blocks to progress. They serve no purpose other than to help me recognize when something didn’t go my way. The minute I recognize that it means it is time to acknowledge it, then let it go, choose my next and best course of action for this moment and move forward. People are either with me or not and it’s their choice. I let an employee go and I can let a client go the minute their goals seem to be in conflict with mine. This doesn’t mean I don’t try and make things work when the benefits of doing so seem to represent a positive return on investment. What am I investing here? My time and energy. There’s a payoff – I get something for it. Either a good relationship with someone I enjoy working with or a long time client who pays on time and stays with me because I worked with them when they asked me to. These kind of relationships motivate me. People who make me feel good because they really appreciate what I do for them.

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