“I can and I will” – motivate yourself for business in 2016


I always try to stay motivated, especially with my freelance work, but there comes a time in all our lives when we seem to lose our mojo for a while, when motivation evades us. How do you deal with that? What can you do to get your mojo back?

How do you start the New Year?

  • With bounding enthusiasm….having planned everything for your business down to the smallest point?
  • Indifference…I’ll deal with whatever comes up when it does. You have a kind of plan but not set in stone
  • Reluctantly….I know I’ve got to get up and get on with it, but I’d rather still be sitting on the sofa watching TV and eating chocolate!
  • Confident….you have a plan, but know that it will probably change and that it’s not perfect, but you’re getting there

There’s no wrong or right way, different things work for different people. For me, I always remember ‘I can and I will’ – it’s a saying I use a lot. When I was working in India a few years ago, it’s the saying that caught on with the team I was coaching about communications. They ended up adopting it for their team when I left…I was quite touched!

So, if you’re feeling like your get up and go, has got up and gone, what can you do to motivate yourself for 2016? Here are some ideas that might help…


  • Define your goals and how you’re going to keep them (this might be work related or personal goals)
  • If you have too many things on your ‘to do’ list, it will be too daunting, so try and stick to just a few. It makes them more manageable.
  • Research and read about what you want to achieve. Sometimes, typing in what you want into a search engine brings up some great ideas, and sometimes, things you hadn’t thought of.
  • Reward yourself when you achieve each goal – no matter how small – it always feels good to get something in return for your hard work.


  • Be positive – surround yourself with positivity. Smile more, even when you’re on the telephone – it shows! Negative people see problems – positive people look for solutions. Try and find simple answers to achieving what you want to achieve.
  • Visualisation – this can work very well – I do this a lot. Close your eyes and visualise what success to you will look and feel like. Visualise how you will get there. This can have a very calming effect.

Maintain your direction

  • Refine your plan – look at your goals and make a list of the activities you’ve been doing to reach those goals. Which ones are working and which ones aren’t? Focus your attention on the ones that are working, tweak them to make them work even better…or break them down into manageable chunks and they won’t seem so daunting.
  • Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill. We all make mistakes and sometimes we see our problems or setbacks as HUGE. Take a step back – is it really that bad? Acknowledge that it’s there, sulk about it for a minute or have a coffee and a biscuit and feel sorry for yourself for a few minutes. Then STOP! Tomorrow is another day, today’s setback will not stop you getting on with the job in hand tomorrow.
  • Most importantly, stay excited! This links in with positivity – print off some motivational quotes and stick them around your desk. Don’t let yourself get bored – if you are losing interest in an aspect of your business, do something about it to make it more interesting. Chart your progress so you know if you are on track – it can be very motivational to see the progress you’re making, no matter how small.

Image courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


And, above all, love what you do. No goal is unachievable if you plan it well.

Why not share what you do to keep motivated? I’d love to hear from you.






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