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Fill Up Your Motivational Toolbox

Aug 21, 2008
There are days when working from home can be very challenging. You may be under a tight deadline and it seems that a new obstacle creeps up at every opportunity. Perhaps your business isn't moving as fast as you had hoped and you're ready to throw in the towel. Whatever has you ready to give up, don't let it win. Instead, grab your motivational toolbox and get pumped up.

Ripping apart negative and self defeating feelings of anxiety and stress are the job of your motivational toolbox. It should be chalked full of books, emails, videos, training, and pictures that you can whip out in those especially stressful moments of particular need. These tools might be tangible objects or digital media.

Audio trainings are great to listen to for motivation. They are quite easy to find on the Internet as more and more people are embracing audio technology on their websites. Another benefit is that you can simply download the audio to your MP3 player and go for a walk, which will get your heart pumping and help lower your stress. There are many Internet Talk Radio programs to choose from.

When clients email you with praise because of the great job you've done, save those emails so that you can read them on a rainy day. A tremendous boost of self esteem and confidence, a quick skim through such emails can completely turn your mood around and prepare you for another barrage of tough work.

If you have a mentor, save the emails that explain any hardships they went through and how they overcame them. You will see that everyone has "down" days and that pushing through them is the only way to get over them.

Looking at an inspiring picture or photo can also help stir up motivation. If you find a picture that inspires you, save it to your computer's desktop. Perhaps it is a picture of an athlete winning a race or a completing a hike up a mountain.

Personal photos of your grandparents when they were young or your high school portrait can be equally stimulating.

Hand made cards or pictures that your children have created can also be a great motivator. You may not always feel confident, but in their eyes, you are the best at what you do.
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