Time management and motivation are closely linked. If you’ve ever felt like you’re just not motivated to do the things you need to do in your business, you’re not alone. It’s not your fault, because maybe no one has ever told you that there’s actually two ways that humans are motivated.
The first way is through the carrot. Remember Bugs Bunny … running for the carrot? The carrot method is being motivated by a reward or a pleasure that you will receive when you do that hard thing, so enduring a little bit of pain for longterm gain or reward.
The second way humans are motivated is through the stick. It’s very natural and in fact so common to be motivated by the stick — whether it’s your low bank account, or maybe there’s a problem in your business and then you’re motivated to get up and get things done or fix the problem. In fact, most leaders and entrepreneurs are motivated by the stick. However, this is not sustainable because if you’re running your business on adrenaline all the time, guess what? It’s very possible you’ll burn out.
This week, I encourage you to reflect on: How are you primarily motivated by? Are you motivated by a reward or are you motivated by pain and stress? If you’re primarily motivated by pain or stress, I challenge you to maybe set a goal within the next quarter or within the next six months that have to do with more reward-based motivation.
I’ll give you an example. In terms of sales in your business, for example, it’s valid to be focusing on sales when you have a low bank account. However, what if you could make, say, time off as a motivation to really drive yourselves up the next quarter, so then you can take that much-deserved vacation. Doesn’t a reward-based motivation sound like a lot more fun and also, really, a lot more rewarding?
If this is hitting home for you and you’d like to chat about what’s really going on in your business, I invite you to schedule a 30-minute clarity call with me here.