Real talk, building an online business takes time and consistent effort.
That means showing up every day, even on the days you don’t feel like it or don’t want to.
As difficult as this may seem, it really doesn’t have to be.
It’s simply a matter of changing the way you think about performing the tasks at hand and replacing your old habits with effective new ones.
Since it takes about 21 days to form a new habit, here are 6 tricks you can use in the meantime to get yourself working when you don’t want to.
1.) Trick Yourself Into Action
When you’re not up to springing into action, it sometimes works to trick yourself instead.
Say there’s a video you need to shoot, email to send out, or blog post to write but you just aren’t feeling your creative juices flowing.
In this case, tell yourself to write just a little bit or make just a short intro to the video.
Most of the time this makes me want to keep on going and get the project over with and gets me into the creative state of mind.
2.) Take Breaks
Knowing that you will be getting a break after a short time of working can be a nice incentive to get started.
When I really don’t feel like putting in the time, I remind myself that after only 50 minutes of working I can take a 10 minute break.
Along with tricking myself into getting started, this one can work like magic!
You begin working and before you know it, it’s time for a break.
Many times you may get so into your work that you don’t even want to stop and take a break so you don’t lost momentum.
3.) Show Yourself the Consequences
Take it from me, there will never be a right time to get started.
The only way to see success is through taking consistent action, and one of the best ways to learn is by doing and learning from your failures.
To many people, the thought of taking action can be scary as hell. But if all else fails, one of the most effective remedies is to scare yourself with the consequences of what will happen if you don’t.
I failed to take action in my business for way too long and when I started scaring myself with the reality of what my life would be like if I didn’t succeed, I got slapped with a reality check and felt more compelled to take action.
4.) Change Your Perceptions
If you’re struggling to take action, it may be time to take a close look at what the problem stems from.
For instance, if you know you need to blog but don’t want to, could it be because you think it will take too long, will be too hard, won’t be good enough, and so on?
If any of those examples we’re the case, the thing to do would be to change what you link pain and pleasure to.
So instead, you could change your perception of blogging by looking at it as an excellent source for generating targeted leads for your business, getting more exposure for your business, and as a place to share massive value with your fans.
By seeing it this way, the process becomes more enjoyable instead of a dreaded one.
5.) Get Motivated
If you don’t feel like doing anything, try “pumping yourself up” with some good ole’ motivation.
Reading books and listening to audios or podcasts by successful people
Indulging or as little as even 5 minutes in a book or audio can be enough to light my creative spark and motivate me to get going.
If you really want to get crazy, throw in some exercise while listening to audios.
That way your brain isn’t the only one getting exercise and you gain some energy along the way that you can channel into action.
6.) Remember WHY You Started
One of the best things you can do when you aren’t feeling up to taking action is to remind yourself of why you want to reach your goal(s) in the first place.
This will keep you going through the good, the bad, and all the ugly times along your journey.
But if you have to remind yourself of this over and over again, you may not be strong enough.
If your reason doesn’t give you an emotional tug and motivate you to keep going, you need to identify a bigger reason why.
There will be plenty of times when you are faced with doubt, frustration, not wanting to put in the work, and even the thought of giving up, but in the end if your why is strong enough, you will always push forward and prevail.