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What Motivates You?

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.

© 1997, 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 my children!"
  • "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 Bookclub. Order your own copy today!

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