Many of us have good ideas. The difference between those with big ideas and those who execute big ideas is in our ability to focus and stay motivated and motivated to see the idea until its final manifestation. I recently met entrepreneur and motivational speaker Simon Arias. Arias was born to a 19-year-old single mother, grew up in a dangerous neighborhood, and was in juvenile detention as a young adult. Instead of letting his circumstances determine his ultimate fate, he changed his life and built a multi-million dollar insurance empire from scratch. He exudes confidence and determination not only to stay motivated, but also to touch the lives of others through his speech. Here are five lessons I learned from our discussion.
Think long term.
According to Arias, “To accomplish something great takes short-term sacrifice, pain and stress. All of these things can be demotivating if you are working with a short-term mindset. However, when you look at where you will be five years from now because of that sacrifice, it tends to keep things in perspective. “
Anything worth doing is going to take an incredible amount of time and effort. Sometimes the path to fulfilling your destiny is long and perilous, but seeing past life’s short-term obstacles is the key to success. It all makes sense in hindsight, but having a positive attitude will help you get through tough times. Planning for long term goals should also be a team effort. Gather the troops and establish a roadmap for the future. Involving the whole team ensures that they are all on the same page and understand your vision.
Make a commitment to grow every day in all aspects of your life.
Arias recommends that you “enrich yourself with books and positive materials, take care of your physical health by exercising and eating well, and spiritually develop your relationship with God.” Daily growth is the key to staying motivated. Your mind is like a muscle and must be constantly challenged to stay alert.
Many entrepreneurs have told me over the years that healthy eating and exercise are some of their keys to success. When you focus on a healthy lifestyle, you are more motivated and can overcome life’s challenges more effectively. We are human, after all, and there will be times when your mind and body are weakened and you need your spirit to go with you. At other times, your mind may be weakened and you will need your mind to balance it. Personally, I find that consulting with trusted team members and creating a vision board can help you stay calm and focused during times of stress.
Dragging out the winners.
Surrounding yourself with “winners” and purging the “losers” from your life is essential to staying motivated and achieving your goals. If your goal is to focus on improving your fitness but you surround yourself with demotivated people who don’t exercise and eat junk food, these negative influences will make your journey more difficult and may result in loss. of motivation that could ultimately cause you to give up. Arias says, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people who have the same mission as you is what will take your life to the next level.” Read books and surround yourself with people who are where you want to be in life. Learn from winners, hang out with winners, and you yourself will become a winner.
Create a roadmap.
Can you imagine going on a trip across the country without any indication? So why would you attempt to run your business without a roadmap that clearly shows the mission of the business and the way forward to achieve those goals? Make sure that your end goal is clear and that your journey to this destination is broken down into step-by-step turns. Arias asks, “What’s your long-term goal? From there, plan all of the step-by-step turns that will get you there.”
While creating a roadmap is essential to achieving your goal, I have found that the journey is unlikely to be linear. You need to have a roadmap that you are willing to follow, but also understand that there are likely to be obstacles along the way. I suggest creating a physical copy that shows the step by step process for achieving your goals. Be aware of obstacles: they can turn into detours, but don’t let them turn into roadblocks. Refocus, consult with your team, take note of new directions, and get back on track to achieving your goals right away.
Get into a routine.
Your daily habits determine your ultimate destiny. Arias told me, “Too many people run things reactively rather than proactively. You cannot start your week or your day waiting to react to circumstances. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed, you need to figure out your game plan. Sports teams will spend time reviewing their opponent’s images, planning their games and developing their weaknesses. Like any good coach, you have to have a strategy.
Sometimes in trying to achieve our goals we can experience setbacks which can be demotivating. It’s important to stay focused, create a roadmap, and do your best to remove negativity from your life. Also understand that these setbacks are temporary: focusing on reaching your next step will dramatically improve your chances of achieving your business goals.