How To Stay Motivated In An Overcrowded Online World
Motivation has become such an overused word that it can be confused with actual action.
Hate to break it to you but motivation is not a solution but it can be the fuel you need to take action when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the online world.
So how do you go about even finding the motivation in the first place?
Before I take you down the path to motivation I do want to point out that everyone is different so this isn’t a one-size fits all list! Think of it more like a buffet where you can pick and choose what works for you and leave behind what doesn’t.
You might not even need any motivation and are just go-go-go all the time, which is amazing, but if you’re still reading this then I’m guessing you might need a little motivation in your life 😉
1. Stop with the comparison games
I know this is a hard ask as I struggle with it on the daily as well but it’s worth the shot. Social media has brought the comparison game to a whole new level and has made it hard to realize the hard work needed in order to get to where we want to be.
We see “successful” people on social media and want to get there asap so are left feeling farther away from our goals then when we started.
Self control is hard when we have our phones at our fingertips (pretty much 24/7) but it’s not like we are going to delete all of our social media accounts so what can we do?
All we can really do is enjoy the process and know that we will get there as long as we put our head down and work.
I volunteer myself as an example to get my point across here… So the other day I went on a scrolling downward spiral and found myself on a "competitors” website and noticed how much content she had from a free resource library to a podcast and I was left feeling so down on myself.
So many negative thoughts were going through my head and I had to stop myself and realize that she didn’t get there overnight.
I am taking the right steps to get there and putting in the work now so I will get there eventually as long as I stay consistent.
Comparing yourself to others is a waste of your energy and time period.
There is also a difference between best practices and limiting your creativity to fit an ideal standard. What I mean by this is yes there is a way you should style your Pinterest images, not use super bright colors that make it hard to read your text, and speak in a way that connects with your audience, etc …
But this doesn’t mean that you should try to fit in a box just because everyone is doing it a certain way. If you want to try something out that no one else is doing then just do it! The only way you will find out if it works or not is if you take action and try it out.
2. Realize that only you can serve your audience in a way that is uniquely you
This kind of relates to the previous point but I thought it deserved its very own section.
Yes, there is probably going to be people out there that are already doing what you are doing aka your competitors but that shouldn’t stop you from doing it yourself.
The online world (plus just the world in general) is full of opportunities and nowadays the barriers to entry are much smaller than what they use to be. This is awesome because it gives everyone equal opportunities but it also means you are competing for peoples attention even more.
This can honestly feel like too much at times because you may question why people would listen to you vs. the million other people out there but it all comes down to your voice.
You have your own perspectives, experiences, and take on things that allow you to serve your audience in a way that no one else could.
Find your audience and turn them into your followers/tribe/fans by speaking to them in a way that is authentic to you while still providing them with value.
Finding your voice and place in the online world can be a daunting task but be patient with yourself and allow yourself to make mistakes. Like with everything this comes with practice. Truthfully, this is something I am still working on and have to keep reminding myself of.
3. What are your other choices?
Ok, so this is an interesting way of putting it but really what are your other choices if you were to just give up and stop pursuing your business, blog, and/or online presence? It’s hard to start a business, there’s no doubt about that, but just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you need to give up.
How bad you want it is not as important as how patient you’re willing to be to get there.
If the struggle is worth it to you and there is nothing else you would rather be doing then why not take a chance on yourself and keep pursuing it.
Maybe you have seen some success already but are feeling stagnant so instead of feeling down think of ways of how you can rather than why you cant. This may be easier said than done but knowing is the first step to doing.
4. 80/20 rule
I’m sure I am not the only one in the world that has heard of this rule, right? This rule can apply to all areas of your life but not many of us think of it in regards to your actions (or lack thereof). Let me explain…
There is sooo much content out there from blogs to books to podcasts that sometimes we get stuck in the student phase and all we do is consume. Don’t allow yourself to become consumed with consuming.
It’s good to know what everyone our there is doing and you may need that extra push/motivation sometimes (amm personal experience reference coming soon) but sometimes this can put you into a major analysis paralysis.
You see what everyone else is doing and next thing you know you are on article #100 about the “five things you must do to become successful” and realize two hours just passed by and you didn’t make any actual progress.
This is where the 80/20 rule comes in. Take action 80% of the time and consume 20% of the time.
It’s hard but necessary if you want to get things done and keep your momentum going.
5. What is your why?
Not going to go too much into detail on this one because it’s pretty straightforward but it’s still important to consider. Your why is what will get you through tough times and actually allow you to enjoy the journey.
We all have the freedom to choose who we want to be, what we want to do, and most importantly attach a big why to place a meaning behind the actions we take.
Your why may change as you change but there’s nothing wrong with that. Think about it as more of a process rather than an end goal. It’s like when we are kids and are asked what we want to do when we grow up. Every year that answer changed more and more as we formed our perspective on the world and our experiences shaped us.
But it all comes down to knowing your why, why you have the goals that you have, and why you so desperately want to achieve what you set out to achieve.
6. Find a balance
With the exception of a few people, we can’t all work 24/7, no matter how passionate we may be about something. Staying motivated and getting things done should come with a balance that looks different for everyone. Finding what balance means for you is all about trial and error but it’s important so that you don’t burn yourself out.
I am definitely guilty of working ten plus hour days at home in my pj’s and then feeling like I haven’t seen the light of day in a week. Definitely not the right way to go about it but I am learning to find what balance means to me.
So next time you are feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and perhaps over it then just remember these six strategies but most importantly execute on them.