Motivation and Tips
IT’S HARD … OR IS IT?
Being a parent is HARD. Homeschooling is HARD. Running a business is HARD… At least in the beginning.
I’ve never heard a new parent exclaim, “This is so easy! It’s exactly what I expected!” However, I have heard the parents of many children proclaim, “The more you have, the easier it gets.” Seems kind of contradictory, don’t you think? Especially to those new parents – or new homeschooling parents.
But why does this phrase seem to prove itself to be true over and over again? It’s TIME. The more you do something, the more habitual it becomes, the easier it seems.
Just starting out is exciting. You have your adrenalin pumping – that initial drive that makes you feel like you can conquer the world! But then reality sets in and you realize that you must put in the work to get the results.
This is normally when people decide to give up. The first time your child falls and scratches their knee, you think you’ve failed as a parent. The fist time your child fights you on their English lesson, you think you’ve failed as a homeschool teacher. When you’re trying to make ends meat and nothing seems to be working – you think you’ve failed at being able to provide for your family.
FAILURE IS ESSENTIAL TO SUCESS
So what differentiates people who become successful and those who give up? It’s the way they look at FAILURE. Successful people will tell you they failed many times before they figured out what works. And how do they view all those “failures?” Not by seeing them as their end game. They just see them as ways that didn’t work – so they tried something else. Take a look at some people who failed over and over again before they became successful:
1. J.K. Rowling was rejected over 10 times – and told not to quit her day job before finding success with the Harry Potter Series.
2. Louisa May Allcott – author of Little Women, was told not to quit her teaching job. And not only is this a successful book, it has also been adapted as a successful Broadway Play and movie tile.
3. Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job. Publicly! But she kept going.
4. Steven Spielberg was rejected not once, but over and over again, by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
5. Walt Disney was fired by the Kansas City Star – for lack of imagination!
And that’s just a short list. So if you’ve failed (even more than once) it is imitative to keep going. Do some research. Learn something new about your field.
You will succeed as long as giving up is NOT AN OPTION!
BUILD YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLBOX
One key ingredient to staying motivated in the toughest of times, is building your motivational tool box. Whether it’s finding Business Motivational Quotes online or Homeschooling Motivation Blogs from other moms who are going through the same thing – having this tool box will help ensure your long term success. Here are few ways to build your motivational toolbox:
1. Find a Blog that keeps you Motivated. Whether it be a Forbes Business Woman Blog or a Homeschooling on a budget Blog – find one that is interesting and that WILL motivate you!
2. Find a YouTube channel that discusses problems other people are facing that parallel with your world. Knowing that you are not alone will give you the motivation to keep going!
3. Google Inspirational and Motivational Quotes. Keep those quotes nearby. Write them down, put them on your mirror – look at them regularly!
4. Always search for new and better way of doing something! Do some research on Homeschool Hacks, Business Mom Hacks, Housewife Hacks – anything that fits into YOUR world.
5. Find a Community!
FIND A COMMUNITY
Finding a Community that you can surround yourself with when you feel as if you’re in way over your head can help get you through those ‘rough patches.’ Create a moms groups, join a co-op, join a Facebook group – make a Facebook group… there are other people out there just like you who know the struggles you are going through. Even though your situation is uniquely your own, you’d be surprised at how many people can relate to an experience and give you advice on how to make it through.
That’s why I love my community here at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a group of other entrepreneurs – like myself – that not only wanted to help me get started, but they want ME TO SUCCEED! I receive 24/7 support from real people, with real problems, who have real solutions. It’s so much better to be apart of something bigger than yourself! But you already know that. If you Homeschool, you know your children’s whole future is in your hands…Yikes! That’s a big commitment. But with perseverance, commitment, and finding your support group – you can ensure long term success!
Need some homeschooling advice? Check out my HOMESCHOOL REVIEWS AND RESOURCES.
What are some ways you stay motivated? I’d love to hear them. Drop a comment below and maybe even find YOUR business community HERE!