Maybe you know that you should get started on or finish your next book, but haven’t found the drive. Maybe you know you need to do more book promotion, but can’t find the urge.
Sometimes discouragement is the cause of the lack of motivation. What you expected didn’t happen. What you hoped for did not come true. Your book has not sold as many copies as you thought it would.
Sometimes lack of inspiration is the culprit. You don’t feel sparked with a story or topic. You don’t feel emboldened with ideas to add value to people’s life through content marketing.
When you find yourself lacking the desire or impetus to move ahead on your book or marketing project, try these four ideas to arouse your motivation.
1. Find Your Mantra.
A mantra is a saying that you repeat to yourself to remind yourself of a truth. Your mantra does not need to be long, it can be short. It just needs to be meaningful. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing for creating a mantra that helps you stay motivated when your momentum flags.
- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
- A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.
- Excellence does not require perfection.
- God holds my hand and says do not fear, I will help you.
- I can and I will.
- God has called me to do this thing.
- Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
2. Set Daily Goals.
Create a daily goal for yourself that is achievable. Your goal may be to spend an hour everyday working on your manuscript. It might be to engage in three book promotion activities every day. Make your goal specific and achievable.
3. Establish a Routine.
Once you have set your daily goals, establish a daily routine that includes time to perform the task of your goal. You might decide to go to bed an hour earlier every night so you can get up an hour earlier to write. You might choose to engage in your marketing activities right after lunch each day so that you don’t get to the end of the day and say, “I didn’t have time.” It’s all about making time in your day for the activities that are important.
4. Reward Yourself.
When you have accomplished your goal, give yourself a reward. If your long-term goal is to finish your book, then rewarding yourself when you complete the book is great. However, you can also give yourself intermediate rewards for just writing every day during the week. At the end of the week, give yourself a reward.
I encourage you to remember that God is your strength. Any task that he has called you to, he will help you accomplish. Simply start. Implement these four ideas and keep moving forward!
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