My living room currently looks like the children’s section of a library exploded in it. And it got me thinking about what inspires us and what it takes to motivate us to take serious, fast action.
One of the special “events” of our homeschooling year is the Iditaread. The kids each choose a musher who’s competing in the Iditarod and they try to race to Nome before their musher gets there. Each mile of the Iditarod equals one page in a reading-level and age-appropriate book (I had to outlaw comic books and Lego Magazines this year). They have to read about 1,150 pages in books during the race.
The race started March 5, 2011. The winner crossed the finish line this morning. My kids were more than halfway through the race, but several hundred “miles” from the finish line. Suddenly, they’re reading like mad in an attempt to still beat their mushers, who are currently a few hours out. I find it slightly amusing to watch, consider how many reminders I’ve dropped over the last week, but I’m cheering them on and I think they’ll get there.
But it’s like waiting until the night before the Science fair to start on a Science project. Or waiting until a couple days before the big report is due before taking your research and starting to write it up into your report.
Deadlines can be a fabulous motivator. If you’ve got a deadline and someone to enforce it.
But as an entrepreneur, if I’m working alone, I don’t have anyone setting deadlines on when my new blog post *has* to be done. Or when my teleclass needs scheduled for. Or when to release my next special report or info product.
That’s why I love blog challenges, group projects, accountability partners, and my coach. Without them, deadlines wouldn’t help inspire me at all because it’s too easy to move that goal post when life tries to get in the way.
And no matter what goals you’ve got, I guarantee life will try to get in your way and stop you from moving forward.
So find a good way to set deadlines for yourself and be accountable so you can keep moving forward!
Share your thoughts: Do you have a coach, accountability partner, or someone else who helps you stay on track? What works best for you? Or do you work well without deadlines to “inspire” you to action? Or do you need that accountability like I do?
Take action challenge: If more accountability might help motivate you, check out the following resources and see what’s a good fit!
- 31 Days Blog Challenge (we’re part way through but you’re welcome to join, or sign up to find out when the next one begins)
- Ultimate Blog Challenge (next one is in April and you can sign up to get notified when it opens)
- Find an accountability partner. Here are some tips.
- Join a group like the Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe.
- Seek out a coach who’s a good fit for where you’re at and where you want to go.