Here are some top motivational tips from the Women's Economic Council's Rachel Tessier on staying motivated!
1. Understand your why.
Knowing why you want to pursue something new is important, as it gives purpose to everything you do moving forward. Whether it be writing a list or talking to a close friend or family member, try to make sense of your idea and give your new idea a meaning. If you cannot think of a “why”, then maybe it’s time to create one.
2. Be constructive with your failures.
We’ve all heard the “I get knocked down, but I get up again” speech before, but it’s easier said than done, trust us, we know! But now might be a great time to look at your failures in a more constructive way. Try to flip your mentality of looking at a slip- up as something negative, and turn it into a learning experience instead. Think to yourself: What did I do in that situation that I can change next time so that there is a different outcome? And even better, take the time to think about what you did RIGHT. Don’t be so hard on yourself!
3. Celebrate the little wins.
We all know success is not linear; it’s a bumpy road with a lot of twists and turns to get to your destination most of the time. However, it’s super important to take the time to recognize all the successful little pit- stops along the way. Recognize the small things you are doing that are creating success for your new idea instead of waiting for the end result!
4. Treat every day like it’s the first day of kindergarten- never stop learning!
Not only will it help keep you fresh, but learning something new every day can be so beneficial even for your personal well- being. Accept what you do not know and understand, and try and fix that. There are so many different resources and people that you can turn to if you need something to be better explained. Hint: www.weconomie.ca and www.employmentcollaboration.ca are some of them!
5. Try a learn- simplify- share methodology.
When learning something new you have two options: A) keep that knowledge to yourself or B) share the wealth with others! We think that it’s extremely important when learning new information to firstly take the time to simplify the information down if needed (this means less jargon, less numbers if possible, etc.) and make it accessible to anyone who could benefit from your newly- learned information. Then, share it wherever you can!
6. Differentiate between what you want to be doing and what you should be doing.
Time- management is an essential skill to have in your career. You have a lot of autonomy in making decisions and it is important to learn the difference between what you want to be doing versus what you should be doing. Actively thinking about the difference between these two things can also help eliminate procrastination! This article written by Laurie Huff is anexcellent tool that can aid in visualizing priorities →
7. Switch things up.
There is a danger that you should be made aware of, and that is being too comfortable, especially in your day- to- day practices. Having a routine can be extremely beneficial to some people, switching up that routine can be even more- so.
8.Visualize your success.
Sometimes it can be difficult to recognize your own successes, especially when you are so caught up in something new to you. One helpful tip that can be extremely successful in realizing your wins is creating a list of things you have accomplished. This can be completed on a day- to- day basis, a weekly basis, or even a monthly basis. This tip ties into tip number three- recognize and appreciate your own success- you’re farther along than you think you are! Whether it be a vision board, sticky notes, or an online calendar, whatever it takes!
9. Cut out any distractions.
Cutting out distractions is extremely necessary when starting something new, as it keeps you focused on what you want to achieve. One extremely helpful tip to exercise when trying to stay focused is eliminating your cell phone from your work/creative space. It has been statistically proven time and again that having your cellphone around in times of productivity lead to a significant decrease in acceptable work. So, put your phone down!
10. Know when to step back and take a break.
With all the hustle and bustle around creating a new business, it’s sometimes difficult to know when you need a break. It is extremely important to take a step back often, especially if you’re at a desk. Life is all about finding a balance, take an extra-long lunch from time- to- time, leave your phone on silent for the weekend, take a vacation to refresh!