Around the world in 80 days… at least that’s what it feels like anyway. I can’t remember a spring where I spent more time in the air than I did the first few months of 2012. It was a whirlwind tour in which I went from Lisbon to Korea to Australia to Hawaii to New Orleans and LA… and back again – returning home just in time for the official start of summer. And regardless of where I travel, I always get asked the same question over and over this time of year: “How can I stay motivated and keep my business growing during the summer months?”
For some reason, we are pre-programmed to take the summer off. I think it goes back to when we were in school, and the summer was a time to be carefree. School was closed and it was all about having a good time. As adults, the summer can and should still be a fun and exciting time, but that doesn’t mean your long-term success has to suffer. So how do you stay motivated in the summer months? How do you ensure you enter the fall with momentum… instead of with a waterlogged business? Ironically enough, the tips for staying motivated in your business are very similar to the tips I use to stay motived in my personal fitness regimen throughout the hot, summer months. Here are a few of my favorites:
#1 – Change your thinking. It’s “I get to go build my business”, not “I have to go build my business.” There are so many people out there who would love the opportunity to build their own company within a company. Think about how fortunate you are to get to spend the summer months focused on ACN, instead of a traditional job. Remember, ACN is a privilege, not a chore.
#2 – Set a goal. It doesn’t matter how fast you are moving if you don’t know where you are going. You absolutely must have a goal. It’s your Why and it’s your roadmap. Set small, attainable goals so you can experience some immediate success. Failure isn’t falling short of your goal; failure is not having a goal to even shoot for.
#3 – Tell someone. Making your goal and your Why public to those around you makes you accountable. It’s a lot easier to fail when no one knows what you were shooting for to begin with.
#4 – Train with someone. A little competition goes a long way. Set a goal with an ACN teammate and then watch how much more motivated you are to achieve that goal when someone is sweating right along with you.
#5 – Attend boot camp…or a Weekly Training. ACN’s regional events are fuel for your business. Besides, even if you don’t need the meeting, the meeting just might need you.
#6 – Positive in, negative out. Negativity in any form hinders you from reaching your goals. Replace negative, self-doubting thoughts and people with positive thoughts and people. You can do this! You deserve to be successful!
#7 – Reward yourself. Once you’ve reached your first goal, don’t forget to reward yourself for your hard work. This doesn’t mean take the rest of the summer off. Instead, take the afternoon off to go to the lake or barbecue with the family. Meeting small goals means you can enjoy small rewards. But remember it’s the bigger, long-term goals in ACN that bring the biggest, most priceless rewards.
And lastly, and most importantly…
#8 – Don’t give up… ever! While you can’t control everything in your life, you can control the choices you make. You can control your “quit factor.” Make a choice to change your life and your family’s future and keep taking small steps toward that future no matter what. There will be challenges; there will be obstacles, but only you can decide to quit on your dreams.
Enjoy the summer months, but don’t let summer be an excuse not to win in ACN.
Until next time…
ACN Inc. President & Co-Founder