Being too Comfortable
Most often it is hard to stay motivated and on task. A lot of this is due to not having either enough of a want for extra money/change in lifestyle, or not having the need to make a change. For me, I have a decent job that pays the bills, live in a decent house, and have time to do things I like. It’s not what I want in life, but I can’t complain. But, I do want much more, and have much bigger dreams. I know how to reach these goals, but usually have a hard time finding the motivation to stay focused and on course. I’m not a starving person in a third world country; therefore I don’t really have a terrible situation I need to escape.
Lacking the motivation to work hard and diligently often leaves me short of my goals. This seems to be very common among the internet marketing community, and is in my opinion one of the hardest things to overcome. Finding the knowledge on how to make money on the internet is all over the place, but taking action, and continuously moving toward that one goal is different from reading a book.
Taking action and being accountable is really all on you, to do on your own.
Today I was balancing the checkbook so to say, and after crunching the numbers, I found that I needed more money in my account, or some upcoming transactions would not be able to take place. I’m not talking about just paying the cell phone bill or cable bill, but more like being able to pay the mortgage on one of the rental houses. This sort of set me into a panic, or stress mode, and set me looking for alternatives. Should I put all of the bills on the credit card (all of which are paid off, and trying to keep that way) and leave cash in my account for the bills that can’t be put on the credit card, do i pull money from savings…etc. I had a few options available, and quite a few places to pull money from, but the fact was that my bills were more than my regular income this month, and it was kind of stressful. I hate being in the situation.
I realized this stress really put some pressure on me to get my online business producing more. This stress isn’t fun to deal with, but I am the one who put myself into the situation. I put a decent amount into 401k and savings each month, which could easily cover things like this, and make things easier now. So it’s not like I can’t get out of my situation, but it actually helped motivate me.
I could decide to cut back on a couple luxury bills, or skimp here and there to save money, and maybe put in some overtime, or put less into savings, which would make living today easier and less worrisome, but putting the pressure on myself is actually quite helpful.
Putting pressure on yourself to make a change is often what is needed to get out of the daily grind. Put some pressure on yourself, set goals that scare you a little. Put more money into savings than usual to force money from another source. Get out of your comfort zone, and things will happen. Leaving your comfort zone will exercise your brain, and get you thinking again. As Tim Ferriss says, what we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.