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Word for the week: Motivation
Insight: Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I selected that quote because I’m one of those people who believes motivation is self-manufactured.
I understand that many may disagree with me and I am the first to admit I’m not an SME or a subject matter expert on motivation …this is only what I’ve experienced during my lifetime. I watched the success of many small business owners and the common thread I’ve seen running through all of their accomplishments has been self-motivation.
We’ve been talking about the similarities between physical fitness and database fitness and the root of being motivated stays steadfast in one’s own self. Meaning both physical fitness and database fitness take the same mental practices to accomplish your desired goals.
When the primary thrust of your motivation is coming from an outside source, there is a possibility that a shift in that outside source could cause a shift in your motivation. When you manufacture your own motivation, (and it’s okay to use all of the tools in your box) there is no stopping you.
So the next time someone says to you…”You’ve really motivated me to ….” Do whatever, sure you can humbly take the credit, but know this deep down inside: you’ve only inspired them. The motivation (if they are truly motivated) came from within them.
Now I’ll drop my disclaimer: This message is not intended to disrespect those who call themselves “Motivational Speakers”. Whatever it takes to launch your boat and keep it afloat works for me.
So here’s the deal, if you’ve gained unwanted weight during COVID I may not be able to provide a solution, although I do have some referrals…on the other hand, if your database has lost weight and you need a Post-Pandemic Push to get you back into self-motivation, I can help.
I’ve provided inspiration to lots of small business owners …or that’s what they’ve told me. I’ve seen them flourish and it’s a wonderful thing to see. Schedule a chat and let’s work it out together!
Until then, it’s true… your database is your most valuable business asset!
With Paulette Smith