16 strides in self-motivation for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs and Employees (2019)

Self-motivation is the ability to do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations. It is the force called self-drive that helps freelancers, entrepreneurs and corporate employees to meet their goals. People, who are self-motivated and committed, achieve fulfillment by completing challenging tasks, without giving up or needing others to encourage or help them. They have high self-esteem and an optimistic outlook on life. They are always ready to act upon opportunities.

Self-motivation is the willpower to get up and go. It teaches self-belief and emotional intelligence. Self-motivation is a primary means of realizing our goals and progressing in all spheres on life.

Goals change with time as needs evolve but whether you are an entrepreneur or a corporate employee or freelancer the process of self-motivation has to be ongoing.

Self-motivation is more than an inherited trait. It can be taught, developed and enhanced over time. It is a tool for success, which is either intrinsic (for one’s own satisfaction) or extrinsic (looking for a reward). 

How can I be self-motivated?

A self-motivated person is always finding ways to improve his/her performance. Here are a few strides on how to stay self-motivated:

1. Believe in yourself:

Self-motivation comes from within. Having a purpose in life and self-belief is fundamental to motivating oneself.

2. Have a goal:

At every stage in life our goals do evolve or change. It is important once we have the larger picture and goal in mind, we motivate ourselves with smaller, more reachable and workable goals to attaining the final result.

3. Keep a vision board: 

Once you set a goal, it is vital to keep a vision board to track the daily achievements and continue to stay motivated and focused to keep moving ahead.

4. Stay committed:

Once you have your personal and corporate goals defined, stay committed to achieving those goals in spite of every hurdle that you may face along the way. Like a horse with blinkers keep looking straight ahead and committed to reaching the finishing line.

5. Remain confident:

Staying confident is not always possible. Especially when external circumstances bring problems that slow down progress. However, it is prudent to stay calm and confident and work on a plan to accept and solve the problem to tide over the hurdles. Who says the journey will be easy? It is all about a step at a time. 

6. Grab the opportunities:  

A leader seizes an opportunity when it occurs while others wait for it to come their way. Grabbing an opportunity and envisioning it’s future prospect is what very few can do. Entrepreneurs are the most self-motivated and in spite of their ideas seeming crazy and unworkable, it is self-motivation that edges them along to pursue their dreams until such time that it becomes a success story.

7. Do the SWOT:

Know Your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Before you take up any business or assignment, it is important that you identify and analyze it thoroughly. Half the battle is won, when you know your ability and strengths while understanding the areas that need improvement.

8. Take calculated risks:

In any business and many decisions that you may need to make in life, the outcome is not always predictable. There is an amount of inherent risk in any decision that comes at a cost. Take a well-calculated educated risk. Gamblers are different from entrepreneurs!

9. Accept feedback and criticism positively:

Feedback and criticism from peers, coworkers and family help us to improve and see things from a different perspective. Don’t stop to ask for feedback at every step. 

10. Don’t let negative thoughts crowd the mind:

Stay optimistic. Prioritize solutions, not setbacks. Often setbacks attract negative thoughts and deter you from the goal. At such a time, it is only you who can override negativity with positive thoughts, to see the goal clearly. Remain strong.

11. Deal with failure:

Failures are a part of one’s course. Failures and obstacles are like stepping-stones that take teach you to think in a different way in the learning curve. Failure and success are two sides of the same coin. For success, you have to deal with failure.

12. Manage your time:

Time is money so never procrastinate. Maintaining a routine and delivering within deadlines must always be a priority.

13. Plan your resources:

As soon as you set out your goal, plan the resources that will help you reach your goal. There is always a need for seed funding. Check your price heads whether in manpower, equipment, technology and prepare a budget to find the expenses that will recur during the initial period. 

14. Keep learning:

Acquiring knowledge is never time-bound. Maintain an ongoing interest to read, to study, to discuss. If you think you know everything, have achieved everything then you begin to regress. Do not let your ego stagnate you. 

15. Reward the efforts:

While the goal you have set out to meet maybe a distant future, do not forget to reward every small effort that brings you a step closer towards the big picture. As the saying goes try till you succeed.

16. Maintain a balanced lifestyle: 

Goals can only be achieved if there is a proper mind-body balance. A fair share of good food, good health, good friends, good family is required to stay self-motivated.

Conclusion: An entrepreneur should be self-motivated since the entire responsibility for success lies on his/her shoulders. On the other hand, corporates prefer self-motivated employees as they are committed to higher efficiency. As a freelancer, you must be self-motivated to use your unlimited free time in the most productive way to succeed.

From running a business to becoming a freelance content writer (as www.arillawords.com), the only thing that keeps me on top of the game is my self-confidence. The 16 basic strides I follow are a broad guideline for self-motivation. Each person has his/her reason and way to stay self-motivated. Find yours!