Getting the results you really want when you are Self Employed means that you need to be on top of your game, consistently. But this can be easier said than done. The weight of everything you are responsible for and everything you have to do can drag you down, stress you out and make you feel overwhelmed. When that happens, your motivation, impact and personal effectiveness can take a really serious hit.

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How to stay motivated, impactful and effective when you are Self Employed

How to stay motivated, impactful and effective when you are Self EmployedGetting the results you really want when you are Self Employed means that you need to be on top of your game, consistently.

But this can be easier said than done. The weight of everything you are responsible for and everything you have to do can drag you down, stress you out and make you feel overwhelmed.

When that happens, your motivation, impact and personal effectiveness can take a really serious hit. And when your motivation and personal effectiveness take a dive so does your results.

So, how do you stay motivated, impactful and effective when you are Self Employed?

Well, this is a big topic. There are many factors that impact motivation and effectiveness.

So, to get started, let’s focus on a key area.

The clue for where to start lies in the title – SELF Employed.

YOU are the captain of this ship and YOU need to be mentally and physically fit and strong enough to steer it where you want it to go and be able to weather the storms and setbacks.

You can’t do that unless you have plenty of mental and physical energy on a consistent basis.

And to achieve that you need to commit to and prioritise having a self care programme.

Yet, sadly, many Self Employed Professionals and Small Business Owners put their own self care and wellbeing on the bottom of the list as a “nice to have.”

“I don’t have enough time for it” is the common cry.

I would argue you can’t afford not to do it. It isn’t a “nice to have.” It is a MUST have and a top priority because it has a massive impact on motivation and personal effectiveness. And that has a massive impact on your results in your life and business.

Think about all the things your mental and physical energy levels impact. Things like productivity, decision making, motivation, personal effectiveness, focus, problem solving, effective planning, ability to take action, quality of life.

All of a sudden having a self care programme moves from “nice to have” to an absolute no brainer.

If you would like to boost your mental and physical energy levels to positively impact your motivation, impact and effectiveness here is a little exercise to try:

Get a blank piece of paper and divide it into two columns. At the top of the first column write “energy givers”. At the top of the other column write “energy drainers”.

Now think about all areas of your life, work and relationships and start filling in both those columns.

Once you have your list ask yourself these questions:

1. What can I do to deal with the physical and mental energy drainers?
2. What can I do to improve, or do more of, the energy givers?
3. What needs to change?
4. What do I need to do more of?
5. What do I need to do less of?
6. What action will I take? When?

Once you have your answers to these questions, start forming it into a self-care action plan.

Commit to making your self-care programme a permanent part of your life. You and your business will start to benefit in many ways and on many different levels.

It will do wonders for your motivation, impact and effectiveness AND the results you get in your life and business.

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  • Great food for thought. I’m going to do the list and pin it on my refrigerator so I will see it every day! Thanks! Teresa

  • Thank you for these! I need them from time to time. Brenda

  • Great article and I’m definitely going to do the list! Teresa

  • Ali Davies

    HAve fun playing with it Teresa. It is a simple exercise but very powerdul.

  • Ali Davies

    Glad you found it useful Brenda. I think it helps to keep this at the forefront of our minds as it is easy to lose sight of in the busyness of day to day life.

  • Sounds like a great idea. I’ll make a list and see what happens. Thanks Ali for another great post.

  • Ali Davies

    Have fun with it Jennifer. Glad you enjoyed the post.