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Whether it's a need that
pushes you forward or a compensation that pulls you onward, motivation
is key to your home business success. And it is as individual
as it is indispensable.
by Lisa M. Roberts
Recent generations have been raised (mostly
by the media) to believe that a full life has three parts: family,
entertainment and career. Pressures to fulfill life's expectations
have led many of us to scramble for an elusive American dream,
causing chaos and emptiness to alternate at the bottom of our
soul. We are constantly juggling --
our time, our obligations, our priorities, even our values -- and when all is said and done, it still feels
like something's missing. Our "full" life feels empty.
What's lacking, for many, is
peace. Peace of mind, peace of spirit, peace of heart and peace
between the sexes.
A home business can bring peace
to your days by filling in the missing pieces of your life. Now
is the time to identify these holes -- think about what is missing
the most in your life. Perhaps you're in the need of intellectual
challenge or community connection? Professional opportunity or
parent-child bonding? A simplified calendar or more diversified
day? More money! Take a moment to identify your greatest source
of conflict and then list as many others as you can. Don't hold
back. Get it all down. You can prioritize them later.
Whether it takes half an hour
or a few days to come up with this list, make sure it is honest
and thorough. Now analyze your needs. With forethought you will
realize that some needs you can live with while others will just
never give you peace until they are addressed. Circle the latter
and write them fresh on a new page. These circled needs will
serve as your motivation.
Whenever you come across an obstacle
in your home business venture, open up to your page of motivation.
Or repeat your desires out loud, in your heart or to a friend.
Your motivation is your driving force. It is what keeps
you going, what propels you forward. It is the root of your business
from which all else stems.
Keep this list and as you and
your business grow, cross the conflicts out and replace them
with their positive inverse. For instance:
- "I miss my children"
can be replaced with "I have all the time I need with
- "I miss designing corporate
logos" can become "I love designing corporate logos
and being paid to do it!"
- "I miss having control
over my work schedule" can become "I am in complete
control over my work schedule!"
Whether it's a need that pushes
you forward or a compensation that pulls you onward, motivation
is key to your success. And it is as individual as it is indispensable.
- © 1997 Lisa M. Roberts, all rights reserved. The above article
is an excerpt from How
to Raise A Family & A Career Under One Roof: A Parent's Guide
to Home Business, a title highly recommended by La Leche
League, Home Office Computing and the Family Christian
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