Building a motivation mindset is the difference between failure and success as a freelancer. If you don’t sort out your mindset then you’re not on that route for success. But instead, you’re on the route for failure and being stuck at the bottom. But those freelancers who are riding high on that wave of success sort out their mindset. Here are the 5 hacks that’ll be covered to help you build a motivation mindset.
- Morning Routine
- Would you hire you?
- Improve your work ethic
- Daily personal development
- Your final question
Waking up early morning to the chore of getting the kids ready for school and feeding the cat that looks like he wants to get my claws into me. My motivation mindset is not there at all. It’s only just starting to pick up after my coffee is ready, the kids have gone, and the cat is back purring on his bed. But then when I get to my laptop, I’m hit with this feeling. The feeling that I’m just not motivated at all even though I love freelancing and everything about the freelancing business model.
This was the continuous cycle I was stuck in until I learned how everything I’m surrounded by affects my motivation. But then after I implemented a few small tweaks to my daily routine whilst working, I learned how to start my days filled with energy and motivation to smash each and every day.
There are many different things you could do in the morning to boost your motivation mindset. Typically you’ll hear things like saying affirmations, listening to a podcast, or playing music. But if this isn’t for you or you’ve tried but it just doesn’t feel right then try this instead.
Ask yourself after you’ve hd that morning coffee and got the kids ready for school, ask yourself one important question.
What three things do I need to do today to achieve my goals? Or do I want to go back to the day job?
Now you might be someone who’s tried to give freelancing a go and think it’s just not for me, I prefer the office job. That’s OK, everyone is different, but if you want to be a successful freelancer, then focus. Focus on what 3 things you need to do that day to achieve your goals.
Would you hire you?
Would you really hire yourself? This may sound like a strange question. But it’s an important question. Because if you were hiring someone, even another freelancer to outsource work to. You would check out their portfolio of work first and you’d use that previous experience to gauge whether or not you want to hire that freelancer.
So would you hire you?
Consider the work you’re doing today or yesterday, take a long hard look at it through fresh eyes and answer the question. Would you hire you? If the answer is no then you need to work on improving your performance. Struggling to work out where you’re going wrong, then do an analysis of your working day and business to see where the problem is. Or you can ask a friend.
Well, a business friend is better here. A business friend who understands your business model, possibly a freelancer themselves, and they’ll help you. Get the help and support you need to perform better as a freelancer and be the freelancer that you’d hire.
Improve your work ethic
Improving your work ethic is important, especially if you’ve scaled your freelance business and have a team supporting you. Your team is watching you and getting inspiration from you. Inspired by the energy that you put into the business. Inspired by your work ethics.
Ultimately, work ethic is down to your strength of character and determination. Work ethic is not just about your moral compass. It all comes back to who you are as a person and your determination to get the best possible job done for the client.
Your team will see this and be inspired by this. If you’re taking part in speaking gigs, podcasts, video training, that’s your work ethic.
So if you have a team or even coaching people to do something, be aware that they are seeing you. When they can see you always have your work ethics. Then these work ethics will follow through to your team or coaching clients.
Daily personal development
I do love a good book to help me with my business. But I just get books mainly on how to do copywriting, social media, or email marketing. I rarely get books on motivation mindset. There is just 1 book in my library on personal development which is ‘She Means Business’.
But my preference is to watch YouTube videos and listen to podcasts to build my personal development. They are playing non stop on my television and Spotify on my laptop. Always playing whilst I’m working.
Listening to these really powers me up and motivates me. Listening to the people that are in the place right now where I want to be in 5 years time.
Now maybe you are a book person and that’s great, but if you’re more like me and would rather have audio then that’s great too. Just do a search of what you’re struggling with right now. Find the playlist of the person who’s most likely to be able to help you. Then put them on in the background and take in the golden nuggets of information they have for you.
Your final question
When you’re wrapping yourself up for the night, taking off the makeup, getting into the comfy pyjamas, ask yourself one final question. Now this question is just as important as the morning ones. Ask yourself: do you want to go back to the alternative or keep freelancing?
This is important as your really reflecting when you’ve done work that you’d hire yourself for and thinking do I really like it. If you’re answer is a big fat no then you need to think is freelancing right for you or should you go down another route.
If however you answered yes I want to stay freelancing, ask yourself this: what could I have done better today. What you’re really trying to pull out of yourself is what could you do better tomorrow to improve your chances of getting leads and sales.
Maybe you could start thinking about using different methods such as going on Twitter chats with your target market in. Or offering a package that would fit a current need your clients want and are willing to pay for.
So if you want to keep freelancing, it’s not about giving up the first hurdle or bad day. It’s about thinking what I can do better tomorrow. Because as freelancers we are constantly learning and evolving as needs and demands change in the business world.
Just think that if you started freelancing 20 years ago and offering direct response copywriting. Your copywriting and marketing message would have to evolve with social media and email marketing.
In A Nutshell,
Building a motivation mindset is the difference between failure and success as a freelancer. If you don’t sort out your mindset then you’re not on that route for success. But instead, you’re on the route for failure and being stuck at the bottom. But those freelancers who are riding high on that wave of success sort out their mindset. Use the 5 hacks every day and you’ll soon start to see a difference in your freelance business.
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