It doesn’t matter the business you own, the position you hold or even the products or services you sell, the fact is, the business, position and the products and services are not about you. That may be hard to swallow but it’s a fact.
For all types of businesses, it’s all about the customer. Their wants and needs. Their opinions. Without customers, there is no business. So, everything you plan, everything you do should be customer focused.
But even with all this, customers won’t just flock to a business without reason. They need to be motivated to visit, to follow, to buy and to return. This is done by creating relationships with your leads and customers.
To build a trusting relationship with your audience, you need to educate, entertain, encourage and most of all, inspire them. When you connect with them on a personal level and show them that you understand where they are and where they want to go, it builds trust. To further strengthen this trust, you need to show them you care. You have to be enthusiastic. You have to give them hope, get them motivated, and inspire them to keep moving forward.
By using motivational content to inspire your audience, you can get them to opt-in to your list, buy your products and services, and the products and services you recommend. Creating social viral content that is inspiring and motivational will help you quickly grow your following which in turn grows your lists and increases sales.
Before you can start creating this motivational content, you must first know what motivates your audience. Are they motivated by internal rewards such as achieving a sense of deep contentment? Are they motivated by external items such as money or status? Are they motivated by fear or desire to achieve a goal? How about power or control over others, a specific incentive or something else?
Once you know what motivates your audience you can create inspirational content that really hits home for them. Give them inspirational quotes to help them achieve their goals. Ask thought-provoking questions to get them to take the first or next step to making life-long changes for the better. Share tips to help make whatever they are after a little easier.
Inspiring and motivational content come in many forms but some of the more popular forms on social media today are quotes, informational pieces, memes and conversation starters.
Quotes, tips and insights are generally short and easy to digest. Oftentimes people don’t have time to read a full blog post or watch a video. But they can quickly consume these small chunks of information on the go. You can always direct readers to a full blog post with a URL.
When looking for quotes, think beyond famous people. Quotes can be from customer testimonials, industry news, leaders within your niche or industry. They can include facts, statistics, insights, humor and more. Just because they aren’t from a famous president, religious leader or athlete, doesn’t mean they aren’t great quotes and inspiring.
Where do you find these inspirational quotes and tips?
- Start with your own customer feedback. Pick out important and inspiring pieces from that.
- Look at your own content, blog posts, books you’ve written, lead magnets you’ve created, videos, case studies, audios, presentation pieces, newsletters and more. Everything you’ve done and/or participated in can be pulled apart for reuse.
Just ask yourself, “if I were to summarize this into cliff notes, what would it say?” Then use that condensed information in your quotes and tips.
- Follow industry leaders to see what they have to say.
- Sign up for industry newsletters to gain helpful and inspirational insights.
- Check quote sites like brainyquote.com, quotegarden.com and goodreads.com
Another way to engage your audience is by asking thought-provoking questions. These questions don’t have to have an answer – at least not a public answer. They are oftentimes meant for readers to seek the answers from themselves; to reflect on their life, their goals, their thoughts and feelings.
Thought-provoking questions can have several answers. They can be used to break the ice or start a conversation. They can be used to start a debate, draw attention to an idea or even to dive deeper into a topic. They’re also great for getting fresh perspectives on things.
Thought-provoking questions, while not directly promoting your business, can still work in your favor, as a content or service seller. They can be used to bring to light a problem your readers may not have realized they have – one you can provide a solution for. They could bring forth a point that may have previously been overlooked – one you can provide more information about. They can get people to stop and say “Wow! Why didn’t I think of that?” or “Huh, maybe I need to look into this more.”
Being able to get readers to stop and think about answers to these questions spotlights your authority, puts you in a more leadership role with your audience. Thus, instilling trust and setting the groundwork for building long-term meaningful connections with your audience.
How do you come up with thought-provoking questions?
Pick a topic and brainstorm at least 15-20 questions that come to mind right away. For each question, think about how someone might answer it
These questions may start with:
- Can you…
- Do you think…
- Do you believe…
- Given the choice, would you… How do you…
- How would…
- If you could…
- If you had…
- If you were…
- Is it easier or harder to…
- Is it right…
- In what ways do you…
- What do you think about…
- What if…
- What is the purpose of…
- What is…
- What is the best approach to…
- What one thing…
- When did…
- Why does…
- Would it be wrong…
By reaching your audience emotionally, you are one step closer to getting them to take whatever desired action you want them to take. It doesn’t take much to get people moving in the right direction and following the path you want them to take. Start sharing inspirational, motivational and informational content with your audience today.
Make a conscious effort to live in the moment in order to appreciate and be grateful for yourself and others around you.
Several times a day, stop what you’re doing to watch what others are doing. Make note of people and events that inspire you in some way.
Develop and write down strategies to help you combat/counteract doubt, fear, and making excuses.
As you interact with a variety of people today, note strong emotions you feel, such as anger, fear, impatience, etc. Reflect on how each interaction and emotion helps you become a better person or meet a goal.
We all need a little tough-love and no-nonsense honesty sometimes. Examine your attitudes and actions to make your environment conducive to honesty and encouragement.
For each of your goals, identify several people or role models who have succeeded in meeting a similar goal.
Each day, make it a goal to inspire someone who is having a difficult time. In other words, offer to help someone or go out of your way to be courteous.
Write down realistic and unrealistic fears that pop into your mind as you try to meet a goal. For the ones that pop up most often, counteract them using a hopeful reminder that inspires you to continue on the path or complete the task.
Things you do which are uncomfortable, slightly painful, or difficult to do help you to “exercise” or develop an area of your life. The more you use and develop an aspect of yourself, the stronger you will become until your strength surprises even you.
Sometimes it’s difficult to see yourself as non-biased, others see you. This includes your strengths and under-developed areas. Talk with these people to get details of what aspects to look at and the angle or perspective to use.
Acknowledge your strong feelings but accept that they will change over time. Don’t let your emotions influence you negatively, keep you from making progress, or make you give up. Make good choices from a rational, emotionally level position.
When you feel empowered and confident, recall, write down, and memorize things (or people’s examples) that have inspired you to go beyond what you expected of yourself.
In detail, describe what you want to ultimately, achieve. Break this down into smaller SMART goals. These lead you step-by-step to succeed at each smaller goal and eventually guide you to obtain your ultimate larger goal and success.
Your gratitude and appreciation helps you to inspire yourself, as well as others. Acknowledge and remind yourself of times when you inspired or helped someone else, through a simple act of kindness.
When someone comes to you for some type of help, opinions, suggestions, solutions, etc., accept that the person sees you as a leader and values you. Step up and continue the good work inspiring others.
Be mindful of your attitude, emotions, spoken words, and non-verbal communications every time you interact with people. If you aren’t in a “helpful or kind” mood, you may unintentionally send the wrong message and make others feel bad.
If you aren’t achieving the success you wanted, make more time to participate in inspiring and encouraging activities to keep you excited about your goals and success.
Keep your hope alive. As long as you continue to try, you have a good chance of meeting your goal. Don’t allow yourself to quit trying and hoping for the future.
Inspire yourself and others with positive, affirming, statements and reminders of how those strengths enabled you (or others) to succeed in an endeavor. Relive it!
Practice turning negative events and actions into positives. Identify how those negative things ended up helping you to make changes that helped you to succeed.
Make a conscious effort to focus on the positives, regardless how small. Getting into a positive mindset contributes to a higher level of inspiration and confidence.
Create a list of strategies, activities, and actions that encourage you. Use them to ward off discouraging comments of others or your own negative self-talk.
Everyone grows and develops at a different rate. Give yourself permission to grow beyond people around you. You may outgrow some people all together or in a certain capacity. Don’t allow people that refuse to grow to hold you back.
Learning lessons the “hard way” is often painful. When the “wound” heals and the pain is gone, it is much easier to see how an “ugly” experience can change you into a beautiful, new, person. Remind yourself of such times from the past.
When you experience pressure and stress, identify the parts of your body that are tense or hurt. This is a sign that your mental or physical strength is growing. Acknowledge it with a deep, relaxing breath and a positive “can-do” or gratitude phrase.
Be patient with yourself as you focus on taking action to meet your goal. It’s better to reach your goals slower than anticipated rather than go so fast that you miss important lessons and insights from the process.
As your life changes, your connections grow and change. Focus on connections that are based on pre-existing, long-term, deep relationships. They help you maintain a consistent source of support and stability, regardless of where you are or how your lives change.
When you feel confused or overwhelmed about what you should do, practice silencing the mind-chatter and allow your spirit to direct and heal you.
Accept and appreciate yourself, just as you are. Your self-love and confidence shine through to inspire others, while reminding yourself that you are worthy and valuable.
Focus on your experience. The small changes and steps you make often reveal and teach you more important aspects than simply achieving the goal. These lessons and realizations are yours alone since others rarely see your personal journey, step by step.
When you need some inspiration, look at things from a different perspective or with a different mindset. Stepping outside your comfort zone enables you to see new, inspiring aspects rather than rehashing the same old, familiar ideas.
Dress up your attitude and outlook with a thick layer of optimism and confidence. It will protect you from the little things that chip away at your enthusiasm and inspiration, throughout the day.
Develop your positive thinking skills. The more positive you are, the more likely you will achieve your goals. Remember, if you think you can’t, you won’t. If you think you can, you will find a way to succeed.
Being “normal” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! It’s the slightly “odd” people, who come up with the most ingenious ideas, which we all wish we had thought of and developed. Revel in your uniqueness.
Whether you need inspiration or want to inspire others, be mindful of your feelings and attitude. Even when you smile, non-verbal cues may be telling others you are frustrated or crabby. Learn to master your non-verbal communications to send the messages you really want to convey.
Create a list of people, places, events, stories/books, etc., which have inspired you to meet your goals in the past. Look through them carefully. Decide if you can adapt any of them to make good decisions that meet your current needs and situation.
When you set a goal, make a side note to yourself to remind you what excites and keeps you interested in meeting the goal. Maintaining your excitement is one of the top strategies that helps ensure that you succeed and achieve your goal.
In order to replicate the success of a previous achievement, it’s important to follow the prior “recipe,” which leads to that success. Doing the right thing, rather than trying to cut corners, is more likely to inspire you and others to continue on your path.
To boost your own inspiration, inspire someone who has not yet acquired your level of experience or knowledge.
When you doubt yourself, reaffirm your self-worth and confidence by frequently helping others who have not had the advantages you were blessed with.
When self-talk chides you for not reaching your goal, rebuke it! Remind yourself that your top priority now is to keep making progress and experience the process to its fullest. The most beneficial progress often takes more time than anticipated.
Need motivation to succeed? Develop a happy, positive disposition first and foremost.
You don’t need every little detail planned out in order to take the first step of your journey. Knowing what you want to, ultimately, achieve is enough to get you headed down the right path. Signs you see along the way continue to suggest where to place your foot next.
Don’t depend on things “falling into place” or things happening solely by chance. If you want to meet a goal, you must take action. This may involve taking your first step and/or make meaningful changes that lead to the positive results you desire.
Pay special attention to your thoughts and mindset. They affect everything else in your life from your words to your actions and habits. You choose the thoughts that you allow to affect your life. Choose them wisely.
When you can’t decide if you really want something, the ultimate test to help you decide is to research what it would take to get it. Then decide if you are motivated enough to do every thing it takes (and more) to reach your goal.
Develop and maintain an optimistic mindset. Many successful people credit their high level of motivation to their continued positive outlook. Focusing on positive aspects and hope for the future leads to more happiness and enables you to see motivating events more easily.
Finding the motivation to get started can be difficult. After beginning, your interest or excitement may die down. Look at your motivations. If nothing motivates you to continue, consider adjusting your options or the timing. Only put it on the back burner as a last resort.
Maintaining your motivation is important to making progress and ultimately reaching your goal. Stack the odds in your favor by focusing on making daily progress rather than on the “big picture” goal. Let your daily progress motivate you to improve more tomorrow.
There is a difference between “wishing” for and wanting something. Wishing implies that you’d like to have something but not enough to work for it. You don’t expect to receive it. Wanting implies that you are willing to work for something and you expect to earn what you want.
Competition is a great motivator. Competing with your own “record,” on a daily basis, helps to inspire and motivate you to progress with small but important achievements.
Identify and create a list of your motives for taking specific actions that are related to achieving your goal. Try to associate an emotion with each motive to make it more meaningful and effective.
Strong motivation helps build your resilience or ability to bounce back from difficulties. Get to know what driving motives compel you to take action, even when you encounter multiple obstacles. Write down the strongest motives. Modify and reuse them in multiple situations.
Begin each day by focusing on your goal. Use a related quote, tip, short story, memory, song, audio, image, video, scent, food/flavor, etc., to help you enhance your motivation and desire to succeed.
Use strong motives to inspire you to use your knowledge, skills, and talents to meet your goals. However unless you are willing to work towards your goal, you’ll never reach it. Get busy and get to work to succeed.
You have your own, personal, unique qualities and limits. Set realistically achievable limits based on where you start today, rather than where you want to start – at the finish line. It’s ok to take a short break, rather than cause a setback but complete the task.
In everything, your most important goal is to make progress. Sometimes progress involves making an unexpected detour or a mistake. All successful people experience this sort of thing, keep going, and accept that someday, it will be a big part of their success story.
With each dream or goal, there is the potential for multiple success stories. Learning as you go creates great storylines in your life, but only if you refuse to give up on yourself and continue to make progress.
When you get frustrated and feel like giving up for the day, always try to reach your milestone or goal just one more time. Try your best and give it all you’ve got. If you don’t quite make it, think of it as warming up and practicing for tomorrow’s success.
Don’t let a fear of failing keep you from succeeding. You are human like everyone else. You will fail to do something. However, it’s up to you whether you choose to see it as a learning experience or an excuse to give up. Pick yourself up and move forward.
Expect to make mistakes here and there. A journey without twists and turns is usually boring. When you stumble or fall, get up. Find meaning and value in your unexpected challenges and discoveries. These stimulate your curiosity to uncover more info.
Need a little extra motivation to reach a complex goal? Break your goal into smaller, more manageable tasks and mini-goals. Reaching your goals more frequently, you get a greater sense of accomplishment and confidence. This motivates you to continue. Reward yourself a little when you meet each mini-goal.
Develop a system of motivational habits that address issues which crop up for you frequently. Having go-to solutions helps you get in the most efficient mood, mindset, or environment to meet your goal more easily and quickly.
When you set a goal for yourself, you make a promise to yourself that you will do your best to meet that goal. When you only half-heartedly try, you feel just as disappointed and let down, as if a friend had done it. Always keep your word to yourself. You’ll feel much better!
Choose goals that challenge you to improve. They should be outside your current reach; but still attainable with work and improvement. Each time you meet a goal, adjust your goal to challenge you and keep you motivated.
There is a time to wait and a time to take action. Discerning when each option is appropriate is fundamental to the end-result and your success. Consider the potential consequences of each option and choose wisely.
When you run into an obstacle or unexpected problem, take a deep breath. Out loud, tell yourself, “I’m not going to let this stop my progress. I’ll come up with a creative solution and continue on.”
Watching the clock doesn’t help you complete your goal faster. In fact, it usually slows down your progress. Focus on making the task a habit to increase your speed and motivate your progress.
As you progress, it’s only natural for you to feel pleased about your accomplishments. Make sure you maintain a humble and grateful attitude to keep things in perspective for the next goal or stage.
When things seem to be impossible, that’s when the most successful people roll up their sleeves and continue on with a renewed motivation to meet their goal. You are one of those successful people!
Keep in mind that you don’t always learn what you “should” do. Sometimes you learn what you shouldn’t do. This gives you time to develop or discover a solution for how to handle things next time.
Your motivation must have strong meaning for you. It doesn’t matter if anyone else understands the reasons you continue to keep trying. Your motives wouldn’t mean as much to them as they do to you. So if others don’t understand, just smile and keep making progress.
When something doesn’t work or happen the way you expected, it doesn’t mean you failed. You don’t fail until you stop trying to succeed. Until that point, you are still trying and there is a chance for success.
Motivation usually comes in two flavors, positive and negative. Both can provide the inspiration to transform ideas and motives into actions, which lead to successfully meeting your goal.
The closer you are to meeting your ultimate goal the less likely you are to give up on your dream. Towards the end of the main goal, project or dream, look back at all you achieved. This helps you see the “finish line” more clearly and motivates your final successes.
When you are unsuccessful at meeting a goal as planned, take a break to reassess the goal. Change the goal slightly, if it’s unrealistic, as is. If the goal is realistic, keep trying until you reach it. Sometimes all you need is a little more practice.
Merely “winning” isn’t enough motivation. You need a strong, personally meaningful motive to win.
Knowing where you stand, currently, helps you to map the route you need to take to achieve your goals. Test yourself to discover your strong points and areas that will need to be developed.
Conflicts, obstacles, hurdles, and setbacks can serve to make you stronger and more determined to meet your goals. Use challenges to your advantage by learning “hands-on” lessons that can be applied to other instances and make your victories glorious.
“Winning and external achievements” don’t define you, as a person. Your positive self-esteem, honorable characteristics, and resilience, affect how you see yourself and the respect others have for you. Your achievements are all a result of these inner qualities.
Be warned, there is a price to pay for success. That price includes hard work, creative thinking, and a determination to keep trying and getting up, regardless whether you run into a brick wall, stumble over a bump in the road, or fall flat on your face.
Dreaming can bring you pleasure. However, to make dreams realities, you must have the drive, passion, and determination to carry you through the tough spots. Develop your stubborn, single-mindedness. Set your plan in action and work towards your dreams until you reach them.
Your dogged determination is the difference between accomplishing your goals and simply daydreaming about what might have been. Develop your success mindset and get busy to avoid future regrets.
Persistence is the powerhouse that compels you to take calculated risks, in order to achieve your goals and dreams. Strengthen this trait by using your self-control to keep going when you feel like giving up. See every task through to completion.
Develop strategies and habits to help you overcome obstacles that arise. The more strategies you create to address a variety of issues, the easier you’ll find it to continue on your path to success.
In many instances, determination is just a matter of failing a task and fixing the issue, each time you fail to meet the goal, as is.
Keep your energy level at a maximum, especially when you’re working towards a difficult or particularly complex goal.
Taking that first step to make your dreams and goals a reality can be difficult. While this is wonderful and leads to multiple successes, the ultimate success is in finishing the major goal you set, accomplishing the overall dream.
Use your courage and determination to work on every small goal as if it made the difference between achieving your dream and falling flat on your face. It very well could be; so, always be determined to do your best.
Obstacles and hurdles that stand in your way give you the opportunity to stretch and strengthen your skills. Be thankful for these exercises. They also strengthen your resolution and bring you closer to your ultimate success.
The number of times you fall and get back up is directly related to your success rate.
Be careful how quickly you complete each goal. If you don’t go slow enough to notice new concepts or lessons along the way, you’re going too fast and probably focusing on the wrong things, like speed rather than on quality.
You’ll feel better about yourself if you try and fail to achieve your goal, rather than if you don’t try and always wonder, “what if….”
Even if you try to do something and it takes a long time to complete, you can still meet your goal, given enough time. It’s more important to finish what you start than to win the race every time.
Knowing your personal boundaries can keep you on track, when it comes to meeting your goals. Sticking too closely to the boundary line can keep you from discovering what you are truly capable of when you step outside your comfort zone.
If everything you plan goes smoothly, without a hitch, your goals are probably too easy and don’t challenge you enough. During the process, the obstacles and adversities teach you the most about yourself and your goal. Modify the goals to challenge you if needed.
Don’t underestimate your determination. Sometimes, when you take everything into account, meeting your goal may seem like a miracle. Some days are just more trying than others. Take heart that tomorrow will be different.
Your determination can carry you a long way from where you began. The satisfaction you feel after accomplishing a goal makes you want to do it again and again. Keep a large supply of determination on hand to fuel your journey to the next achievement.
Develop your determination by finding inner pleasure and self-confidence from taking control of your behaviors and choices. When you realize your success is a direct result of your conscious actions, you strengthen your resolve to overcome even more obstacles and problems.
How well you emulate a postage stamp determines how successful you are at overcoming adversity and keeping your word. The key is to stick to it until you accomplish your goal.
Your sense of purpose and self-control play large parts in your ability to push yourself beyond your normal limits and strengthen your determination to succeed in meeting your goal.
Problems can be difficult, exasperating, nuisances. However, they can also provide the most encouraging and informative insights and lessons. Choose to see “problems” as opportunities to learn unique aspects related to your goal.
There is a difference between giving up on something and choosing to postpone it until a specific, more opportune time. Know the difference between the two. It’s ok to give up on something if you don’t intend to follow through or really want to achieve the goal.
When you run up against a brick wall, you have to decide whether it’s worth it to you to climb this wall and the subsequent walls you encounter. If you aren’t sure, do more research and soul searching to find the answer that is best for you.
In life, it’s important to have a sense of purpose, self-confidence, talents, and gifts, as well as a sense of community and a strong determination to overcome adversities. Develop these and other qualities for a fulfilling, meaningful life.
When you choose to try something new, it’s important that you understand that “trying” something once doesn’t provide enough experience to decide if you would enjoy the activity or item in the long run. Try everything at least two or three times before giving up on that idea.
Regardless of what you attempt to accomplish, if you give up, you won’t succeed. The only way to succeed is to continue trying different methods, strategies, and ideas that help you take a step closer to what you want to achieve.
To achieve anything, you must have ambition, motivation, and dedication. When trying to attain your goal makes your life unhappy, consider if the situation is long-term. If so, giving up may be a better option. Only you can decide what is best.
Search for successful role models who had similar goals and overcame issues regarding their level of determination. These can be your community members or a public figure, such as an author.
Knowing when to hang on and persist, as well as knowing when to “let go” are both important to your happiness, success, and well-being.
In many cases, success hinges on how much you want something and how persistent you are in trying to reach your goal.
Keep your expectations for success realistic. If you want to read a book written in a different language but never heard the language, don’t expect to read one tomorrow simply because you are determined to do so.
When you have some background knowledge regarding a topic, it’s much easier to achieve a related goal. This allows you to build on existing knowledge while you also learn new skills, strategies and you practice your determination to achieve your goal.
Many people want to accomplish the same goal; however, success often depends on how committed you are to doing what it takes to achieve success. Some people don’t have the determination required. Check your level of determination to assure success.
Failing to meet a goal isn’t always a bad thing, especially if you learn a lesson that helps you to meet future goals and expectations.
When you set out to meet a goal, be sure you include perseverance and hope in your strategy for success. Without these two factors you’re more likely to give up and miss your chance at achieving the success you wanted.
Great things have been achieved by people who were sick and tired of being sick and tired but were determined to see their goal through to the end successfully. Aspire to have this level of commitment and you too will likely succeed.
Your willpower and determination is often fueled by your emotions. To increase your willpower, examine the emotions that motivate you to take action and get you excited about succeeding.
Reduce your stress and negativity to help increase your positive outlook and tenacity. Since stress tends to suck the life out of you and your emotions, take steps to keep your level of stress at a minimum to gain a more optimistic and healthy frame of mind.
When you need to develop your level of tenacity look within your mind, spirit and your emotions to strengthen those areas. While they are not part of your physical body, you can still learn to manage and control these areas to meet your needs.
Your determination is frequently based on how motivated you are to succeed. To give your determination a boost, try strengthening your motives for achieving your goals. These tend to work together to help you stay on track.
Fear is another thing that has a negative affect on your level of determination. When you refuse to let fear get in the way of achieving the goals and success you want, you are more likely to react in a brave manner, which increases your rate of success.