How to stay motivated and reach your big goals?

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It is usually said that motivation should come from within. But the fact is it doesn’t always happen this way. In my previous blog post, I have shown you how I have been spending the lockdown days. Many of my readers said that it helped them to get motivated. I was able to build a couple of online platforms during these days. It was an amazing experience and a fantastic learning process. I could directly connect with hundreds of people and provide value to them. And that’s not all about it. It gave me a feeling of satisfaction that I am able to utilize my time and potential in a productive way and what’s next?

I don’t want to stop here. I have designed a master plan and a course that can help people like you to start working on your skills and create something of value. Before talking about the course I would like to share a few ideas that would enable you to light the flame of your creative self. Hold on!

Are you a stay-at-home mom looking for motivation?

There might be times when you are feeling low that you are unable to utilize your qualification and skills just because you can’t go out and do a job. Even when you are busy with your daily chores deep down in your heart you feel the pain of not being able to do what you always wanted. There will be times that you wish you had an income so that you can support your family during a financial crisis. Well, you are not alone. There are thousands around you who are looking for a way out. 

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You can do a lot of things while you stay at home!

 Being able to do what you love and earning revenue out of it is not a small thing. It gives you a lot of confidence and satisfaction. Remember that we all are here for a purpose. Unless you find the purpose of your life you will not be happy. True that you might be doing a lot of things around your life but if the real purpose of your existence is not met you will always remain unsatisfied and a feeling of incompleteness would always follow you. Hence, it is important to find your life’s purpose and work around it to enjoy the happiness that life has kept especially for you, or in other words, you need to find your happiness mantra!

Find your happiness mantra

Everyone should have a happiness mantra unique to themselves. Because what makes you happy is a totally personal experience. So your happiness mantra is unique because you are unique. Remind you, chanting some mantras only will not do the job. If you are determined to create a life of abundance you need to take some action.You need to have a plan. You need to answer questions like “What steps do I need to take to make my plans work?” You need to make yourself believe that you have the confidence and knowledge to take action. Plans won’t work on their own. You need to take action. 

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Do things that make you happy!

What’s next?

After doing some brainstorming to find your happiness mantra you need to do certain things before proceeding with the action. You need to have good motivation. If you are not motivated you will not be able to reach where you want to. There are so many people out there who start with trillions of plans and drop in the middle. The reason why they are unable to complete their mission is lack of motivation. To stay motivated you need to have clear set goals in your life.

Goals give you a direction to focus on. When you set your goal make sure that it is measurable and it has an end-point. It should be something that interests you otherwise you will be tired of it soon. It is a good idea to publish your goals either by speaking about it or by writing down. This creates a feeling of commitment that you need to fulfill. It is also important to break down your goals into achievable chunks so that you won’t be burdened.

Let’s talk about motivation

Before proceeding any further I think it is important to talk a bit more about motivation. Motivation is the driving force that helps you to achieve your goals. Motivation is that feeling which wakes you up in the morning even when you have the luxury to sleep for long. It is that force that pulls you out of your blanket even when you have the liberty to couch inside. Motivation is that hope which makes you move on even after so many failed attempts. It keeps you tough towards the challenges that come your way.

Motivation is not a switch to turn on or off. It is a flow that has to initiate from deep within you and spread to the surface just like the light energy of the sun initiating from the core and spreading all over the surface. Your motivation should be self-sustaining to be long-lasting. It is the ‘purpose’ that differentiates a motivated person from an unmotivated person.

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Execution through motivation!

Goals setting guidance

Now, let’s come back to goal setting. When you are setting the goals make sure it is SMART. SMART is an acronym that incorporates all the essential elements of goal setting. Your goal should be SMART! Well, what does SMART stand for? It means your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Each word in the SMART formula speaks for itself. Your goal should be Specific which means it is well defined and you are clear about it. It also means that you don’t have any ambiguity about your goals. Now, it is time to set the first part of your goal. Define it clearly and be sure about it. Measurable means you are able to measure the progress of each step of your goal. For this, you need to have long-term and short-term plans and measure the progress against your plan.

When you set your goal make sure that you are not going for any mission impossible. It should be something that you can attain within a given time or in other words, it should be achievable. Your goal should be within your reach, and in alignment with your life purpose, which also means that it should be realistic. You need to create a feeling of urgency when you set the goal. It should have a well-defined start date and an end date. You cannot work on a goal that is indefinite and infinite. Set timely goals.

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What motivates you to take action?

Be an action taker! 

If you are a person who wants to figure out and fulfill the purpose of life, you need to take action. Setting goals and preparing the plan will not work on its own. Find your motivation, set your goals and prepare your action plan and finally get ready to take action. When it comes to taking action there is a good possibility of failure. Consider failures as the lessons of life. Failures are the best teachers who train you in what you should not be doing. Take the lessons of your life from your failures and move on with the hope that you will be successful one day.

I would be glad if this helped you to get motivated and I have a training program that can help you achieve your goals sitting at the comfort of your home. If you want to know more about my course, reach out to me through the comment box.

How to make use of the lockdown days productively?

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The Productivity Equation

The greatest lesson that I learned during the pandemic period is that there are multiple opportunities within every threat that you face. It essentially requires some elements to bring out these opportunities. A positive mindset combined with patience and persistence can make magic. I call it the ‘3 Ps’ of productivity.

Productivity = Positivity +Persistence +Patience

The Productivity Equation

My lockdown story

I don’t have much regret for the past one and a half years of either fully or partially locked down days. I did many things that I never thought I would be doing. Let me share some of them with you. 

We survive by adapting

The lockdown came as an emotional hit on most of the people. The whole lifestyle has turned upside down. The freedom to move has been blocked and what’s worse, the happiest moments of get-togethers and parties became an old memory. People got trapped inside their house and the physical movements got restricted within the four walls. It was an entirely new experience for all of us. This was something that we had never expected to happen in our lives. The whole world is locked down in front of us. But then we human beings have a special power of adaptability. We have been surviving through centuries by adapting. We got adapted to the new way of living. I thank all those coaches and motivational speakers who have been trying to send out the vibes of positivity during these tough days. They helped divert people to the possibilities of a locked-down world and remain positive towards life. 

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Better things await

How did it all start?

The initial 2-3 months of lockdown went without much activity and in fact, it was a period of waiting and hoping that things would get normal within a few months. But as we all know that’s not what happened. We went through the first wave of the pandemic, went up in the curve, and successfully came down but a severe second wave was waiting for us. After the first few months, I started a few things that I am so proud of. It was when I started growing interest in digital marketing and got an opportunity to work in a digital marketing institute. This triggered my interest more in the subject. I started to read more about it, watched many videos, and finally joined a course in digital marketing. This helped me to get some idea about some of the basic concepts of digital marketing. But also I realized that it is not a small thing. The more I learn the more I realize how little I know. True that Digital Marketing is a vast ocean but the best thing about it is that you only need a laptop and a stable internet connection to make things happen. During the lockdown period, we often couldn’t get some of our essential supplies, but thank God I never had a problem with my internet connection!

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The power of Digital Marketing

When I joined the Digital Marketing Internship Program of Digital Deepak, it was a game-changing decision that I made. I am so glad that I took that step. I was exposed to the fundamentals of digital marketing in a very systematic and in-depth manner. It was not just me, thousands of other aspirant marketers joined the program and got their life changed. No words to express the value of this literally free program. The best thing that happened after joining this program is that I was able to start my own blog learnwithshameena.com. This helped me to expose the world of blogging and content marketing. It is a great feeling to own a small piece of digital property in the vast ocean of the internet. Though I used to write and publish articles earlier, it was always in my mother tongue. Never tried to write and publish something in English.

My blog gave me the opportunity and courage to write and publish in English. One lesson that I learned during the internship program was that you don’t have to be perfect to start working on something. You can start with a ‘zero knowledge’ background and work each day to improve yourself. The important thing is you should not stop adding to your knowledge and skill. Each day you need to learn something new, it doesn’t matter how little it is. Never stop learning irrespective of anything. 

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Digital is the new power

The program also allowed me to work on social media marketing, email marketing and Google ads, the most powerful marketing tools in today’s world. But one thing that I realized during my learning process was that you will not be able to achieve anything just by consuming the content. It is important to implement the learning for you to get results. Another important thing about digital marketing is to remain consistent and committed to your goals. You cannot expect to get results in a day or two. It might take a year or two while you experiment, learn and grow. Keeping up the momentum throughout the journey can be the greatest challenge according to me.

And that’s not all about it!

The lockdown also helped us to initiate two wonderful platforms, Hayat Academy and Daily Dose of English. It was the combined effort of us sisters living miles apart but connected closely by the power of the internet. These are online learning platforms that bring students from various parts of the globe around a table. We got the opportunity to meet a lot of strangers through these platforms, train them, work with them and add value to their lives. This was a totally new experience which was made possible due to the restrictions imposed by the lockdown days. When there is a threat, don’t tie up your hands and stop doing things. Think of the opportunities that lie on the other side. The problems and obstacles in your life are the tools to bring out the best in you. In the meantime, we were featured by the Indian creative mothers and got exposed to much more audiences. We built communities around us and worked on ways to provide value to those who follow us. One thing that I always remind myself is that don’t be fooled or disappointed by the numbers in the initial stages. Focus on helping out people and providing value to them. The results will come when it is destined to come. Keep going and never quit is my advice to my readers too.

Together we grow!

There are so many different ways through which you can effectively make use of the lockdown period and will be back with it in the next episode. I am really curious to know your reaction after reading this. Do let me know about it in the comment box below.

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