Recapture Your Motivation: 5 Easy Ways to Boost Success

 

It is the New Year.   You are motivated and ready to go.  THIS is the year you are going to get physically fit, take more classes and perhaps even compete at a higher level.  All of this means committing time… but there is already so much competing for your time.

Soon the thought of training feels a bit overwhelming and all of your well- meaning pursuits are taking a back burner, along with your dreams to go to the next level.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  


Here are 5 easy ways to recapture and reconnect with your motivation so you can realize those dreams.

  1.  Review:  Take a look at your goals.  Have you written them down in very specific terms?  Regardless of whether your goal is to move into competition for the first time, or you want to move up into an advanced class, write down what you want and WHY.  What is the reason you want this?

Once you have a clear picture, visualize what it will feel like to achieve that goal.  Create a desire you can feel deep down so when you lose motivation, you can conjure up that feeling to help get you going.

Then, break down what it will take to achieve that goal. Say you want to compete at a higher level.   Do you need to work out once a day, several times a day?  For how long?  What else do you need to do to keep yourself physically fit?  What classes do you need to take to improve?  What is the logical first step?  Take that step every day.

  1.    Routine: You know what you want to achieve. You know what to do to achieve it and  you have created a strong connection to why you want it.  It is time to create some routines.  Everybody does better with routines.

Positive routines become positive habits.  

Almost everyone has a certain morning routine.  An example of a routine that is conducive to high performance includes doing these things first thing in the morning: drinking a glass of water, moving your body, being mindful and setting intentions.  And for most people, doing the most important things to achieve your goals should happen early in the morning.  This allows you to begin your day with success before distractions (email, jobs, family etc.) begin to take away your time and focus.

Having a back-up plan keeps you motivated because you are in control.

Sometimes, life gets in the way of our routines. And we need the ability to shift strategies. One way to stay within your plans is to have a flexible routine.  Create the primary routine – the one you do day in and day out, and then create a Plan B for those days when you have a conflict, weather is not cooperating or for whatever other reason Decide ahead of time what you are going to do.  You could move training to another time of day or inside or perhaps it is a scheduled rest day.

3.  Reflect: It is important to continually reflect upon the progress you are making and where you might be hitting a roadblock. I recommend daily reflection as the ideal but weekly as the minimum. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What’s working with my training?  What’s the best thing that happened today/ this week?
  • What is the reason that this is working or what made it the best thing?  (understanding this will help you create more of these moments)
  • What would be ideal for your sessions? (this helps you move more closely to your goals)
  • What is not quite right yet?  (opens up the possibilities to move beyond a roadblock or to change a technique to work even better)
  • What resources or support do I need to create my ideal?  (This allows you to take the first step toward creating your vision from question # 3).

4.   Reward:  Notice what is going well and acknowledge these small wins every day.  Our brains are wired for success; when you celebrate mini-successes, your motivation is reinforced and you are creating a stronger connection to your end goal.Think of some ways to reward yourself now and make them fun!

5.     Relax: Sometimes you just need to take a break and that is okay.  If you feel like you are pushing too much it may be better to ease off and start again tomorrow.  Define that this is “one day off”.  Be in control and in choice and leave your guilt at the door.  If you are taking the day off, then relax and truly enjoy it so that you can be energized and back to training the very next day.

Using these 5 easy ways will help you stay motivated so you can become/stay competitive.  However, perhaps you are still experiencing some sabotage behaviors including procrastination.

 

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Quick Blog Content Idea: Answer Comments in New Blog Posts

Questions And Answers Computer Keys Showing Support Knowledge And WikisComing up with fresh content ideas for your blog isn’t always easy. Today I have a great new content tip for you and the best part is that some of your post is already written. It’s a bit like getting to skip ahead in line. Perfect for those busy days when your calendar is full but you want to get a blog post published.

Got Questions?

Keep an eye out for questions in comments. Save them, horde them, and when you need a quick post, take that question – copy and paste it into your blog and answer it. That was easy, wasn’t it?

Of course you want to answer your readers right away when you see the comment come up. Go ahead and do that. But keep a mental tab on this question and ask yourself this:

  • Will other people have the same question? (99% of the time the answer will be yes)
  • Is there more I can share on the topic?

If you answer yes to both questions (and most likely you will), then the commenter question qualifies for a follow up blog post. And that’s exactly what it is; a follow up to the original comment question and your answer.

Answer those questions

Start by introducing the topic or question. Share the question and then let your readers know that you wanted to give a more detailed answer, thus the new blog post. Share the answer you gave the reader in the original comment and elaborate as you see fit. That’s it. A quick and easy blog post and for a portion all you had to do was copy and paste.

Format it, add a graphic and you’re ready to hit publish. Rinse and repeat with other questions as they pop up in your comments. Readers love these types of posts because they often had the exact same question, but they were too shy to ask.

Your Personal FAQ section

If you find yourself with quite a few questions, you may even want to make this a new featured category on your blog. It will quickly become a valuable resource to your readers.  You can even answer them all at once (in different blog posts) and schedule them to be published on a certain day.  If you are consistent with this, your readers will know look forward to reading the answers.  You can also do this as a video if you would like just to give people a more personal connection to you as you are answering their questions.

It will save you time in the long run. By being thorough in your answer, it will not only apply to this exact question, but a multitude of related questions. When they pop up in comments, all you have to do is reply with a link to the post. You have created your own personal FAQ section for your blog.

Wasn’t that easy?  So, do you have any questions for me today?

Simple Ways to Brainstorm Post Ideas Based on Categories

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There is nothing worse than sitting in front of your laptop, attempting to write a new blog post with nothing but a blank screen staring at you. We all have those days where inspiration just doesn’t strike and we can’t come up with a single workable post idea.

Or maybe you’re in a rush and you need something quick you can write and publish to stick to your blogging schedule and keep your readers happy. You don’t want to spend a bunch of time trying to come up with something to write about.

In either scenario it’s nice to have a list of blog post ideas ready to use. And that’s what we’ll work on today. I’ll walk you through a simple little brainstorming exercise that will result in dozens of blog posts ideas you can use over the coming weeks and months, or whenever you need a little extra inspiration.

Grab a notebook and pen, and let’s start brainstorming a whole list of future blog posts. I prefer to do this exercise with pen and paper, but if that’s not your thing, by all means use a word document, spreadsheet or whatever program you prefer for brainstorming topic ideas.

Step 1 – Log Into Your Blog and Make a List of Your Categories

Start by making a list of all the categories on your blog. You may have a pretty good idea of the main ones or the ones you use the most, but there may be some you are forgetting.

Log into your blogging interface and look up the categories you have set up. Copy them down in your notebook, leaving at least 10 lines of space below each category.

Or if you are just getting started, think of all the areas that you want to post about.  One simple way would be to think of all the questions that you are asked by your customers.  Make a list and then put them into categories.

Step 2 – Come Up with At Least 10 Blog Post Ideas Per Category

Now that you have your list of categories, come up with 10 blog post ideas for each category. Don’t censor yourself, just jot down the first things that come to mind. Remember this is a brain storm. The idea is to generate ideas without judgment.  You’re free to tweak, edit, and reject them later. For now, get them on paper and come up with a long list of potential post ideas.

Step 3 – Rinse and Repeat as Needed

One of the best things about this technique is that you can repeat it whenever you need a new batch of blog post ideas. By the time you get back to this brain storming technique (which means you’ve used up all the previous ideas), it will be easy to come up with fresh blog post topics for each category. And since you’re focusing on coming up with ideas for each category, no area of your blog will be neglected over the coming weeks.

Give it a try and see if this simple idea doesn’t help you generate a long list of future blog post topics.  Love to hear how this has helped you come up with your next great ideas.

 

5 Reasons Blogging is Good for Your Business

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No matter what kind of company you have, you need to be blogging. Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer or blogger, it’s essential because your business blog offers another touch point with your customers and It’s easier to do than you think.

Here are 5 reasons why you should blog:

  • To Create a More Personal Connection
  • Establish Your Expertise and Credibility
  • Customize Your Marketing
  • Improve your Search Engine Traffic
  • Increase Visibility for Your Products and Services

Create a More Personal Connection

Like social media, your blog gives you a chance to connect with your current and potential customers on a more personal level. While your website is a static page that simply tells them about your business, your blog is interactive. It’s a way to start a dialog where they can leave comments and get to know you better. Your blog gives your business a human face. Make sure that you use it as a way to humanize your business. In order to connect with your readers, be active and reply to each comment they leave.

Establish Your Expertise and Credibility

One of the best things about a business blog is that it gives you an opportunity to establish your expertise and build your reputation. You can blog about things you know. For example, if you’re a law firm, blog about simple legal questions people have. If you’re a cleaning company, share some easy house cleaning tips. Your blog shows your website visitors what you know and this engenders trust in your business. People like to do business with people they know, like and trust.

Customize Your Marketing

Blogging offers a much more effective and lower cost way to promote your business than other methods. If you want to place advertisements on other sites, this costs a bit of money. Other costly methods don’t make the same kind of impact that a blog written by you does. You also get information on your target market through their reading behavior and comments. Thus you know what problems they are looking to solve and you can offer them the right solution. When you are coming from a place of serving your customers and helping them, they will come back for more information.

Improve Your Search Engine Traffic

Adding a blog to your static website is a great way to attract traffic from search engines. The search engines favor sites that have fresh, updated content. If you write just one blog post per week, you’ll see more searches coming your way, especially if you choose a few good keywords for each post. Write two or three blog posts a week and you’ll really see your traffic climb. If you are making these posts relevant to your audience, you will also see more comments and these also act as fresh content in the eyes of the search engines.

Increase Visibility for Your Products and Services

Through your blog, you can tell your customers about your products and services. Let them know about discounts, special offers, new inventory items and offline events that you’re participating in. You can also add a feed to your social media sites so that every blog post shows up there as well.

Now, if writing gives you a case of the willies, don’t despair. Blogging isn’t like writing the Great American Novel. Focus on the wants, needs, interests and questions of your customers. Write short, conversational posts as if you’re speaking directly to them. Pick something related to your business and share your expertise with them. Your business blog doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel; it just needs to be helpful and engaging.

If you would like help getting started or just need more ideas, you can download my e-book “Blogging Brainstorming” at www.blogadaychallenge.com. This is the first of a 10 article series on Business blogging to help you thrive as a business blogger. Look for my next article, “Where to Start with Your Business Blog” tomorrow.

Welcome to Day 16 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge Feb 16, 2016

Get More Engagement for your Blog

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Now that you have been writing for over 2 weeks and getting into a rhythm, I want to share some tips to expand your reach.  I will be expanding upon these on my blog today so I will post that later today.  Hope these tips help you and push your blog to heroic levels.

  1. Social Media: Use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and even LinkedIn to help create and expand your audience.
  2. Keywords:  What words do people use when searching for the information that you are providing.
  3. Great Headlines: Use headlines that will create interest and have people share your post
  4. Guest Blogging: Blog on other sites to increase your audience as well as add value for another blogger.  Create relationships with people who offer complimentary information.
  5. Power Commenter: Find other blogs which offer information to people who are in your target audience.  Make relevant comments and you can create interest for your own blog.

Keep up the great posts!

Happy Valentine’s Day: Welcome to Day 14 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge

Congrats on almost being halfway through the challenge!

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I am very impressed with the level of dedication you have shown to yourself and each other. We are almost halfway there (darn that leap year).  Please take a moment and complete this survey. I will keep it open until Monday at 5 PM ET and share the results later next week.

 

Here is the poll:

http://sguiher.polldaddy.com/s/week-2-of-blog-a-day-challenge

 

 Thanks and have a great Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Day 12 of the Blog-A-Day Challengers: And the winners are

Congrats to All of You!
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You are all doing sharing such great information and support that each day I get excited to read what you have shared.

Thanks for being so committed to yourself and each other.

 

 

 

There are a few people who have really stood out by their posts and comments for the first week and I want to give them a BIG SHOUT-OUT:

Karen Langston: www.karenlangston.com

Juan d”Argent: www.noeconnect.com

Kathy Marcino: www.kmmdisc.com

Terry Green: www.bizeasesupport.com

Cliff Martin: www.claritytodesire.com

We have another survey coming this weekend about week 2.  PLEASE fill it out as I really do value your feedback.

Enjoy your weekend!

It is Day 11 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge Feb 11, 2016

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You are moving along like a well-designed machine and it is getting noticed.

Please continue to share your wisdom and support with each other.

I am traveling back home today and will announce the winners for week 1 tomorrow.  Thanks for your patience as I sort through all the blog comments!!

Have a great day!

It’s Day 9 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge- Feb 9, 2016

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Thank you to those who completed the survey; appreciate the feedback.  Also LOVE how you are getting into a groove.

Many of you commented about getting new ideas about how to blog and what to blog about and about the support of the community.

You all ROCK!!!   Keep going!!!