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How To Stay Motivated All Year Long

Bonji Foods Aficionado Smart Brief: Volume 25


Hi all, welcome back to the Bonji Food Aficionado Smart Brief! We hope the weekend treated you well and you are ready for a new week full of new opportunities! Occasionally, our motivation can get worn down. This happens to everyone, as it can be difficult to sustain that same initial drive for 365 consistent days and counting. When there are so many goals in front of us, we may feel overwhelmed or let down when things don't go according to plan. Plain and simple, staying motivated and ready to go at all times can be a struggle; therefore, we are here with a few tips that should help keep you pushing towards your goals.

Three Tips to Help You Stay Motivated Year-Round: 1. Surround Yourself With Positivity It may sound a bit cliché, but surrounding yourself with positive people is one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated and focused. This even stems back to building a strong team that you can rely on. Sometimes, an owner or manager has too much on their plate and it can take away from making real progress. Thus, being able to delegate to a trustworthy, positive team will help everyone feel like they are moving forward. No matter what the case may be, always try to “fall forward.” Furthermore, surrounding yourself with positivity can boost morale and even intelligence! Jim Rohn famously said, “You're the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” Interestingly, we tend to underestimate those around us, unless we know that they are smarter than ourselves. Find those people who will challenge you to work harder or push you to be better. When all is said and done, you will look back and thank those positive minds who kept you going.

_____________________ 2. Reward Yourself With a Break After You Complete a Goal Of course, every time you brush your teeth or accomplish something small, you don't need a real break. However, in order to keep your mind clear and focused, taking a break after hitting a major goal is an amazing idea. Many people may feel like they have to keep going, and by all means, feed into that momentum. However, it is getting much easier to burn out these days. Therefore, after a month-long project gets the green light, take a day to reflect and recoup your energy. Reflection is a massive key when it comes to staying motivated. Take a moment to see how far you've come and congratulate yourself for sticking with your goals. Once you feel that inner drive come back, get right back to it and keep falling forward.


3. Find Inspiration in Others When you are like you are hitting a wall, your overall motivation to keep going can fade. Yet, there are ways to combat this feeling. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a chef, or a creative film student, there are plenty of others in a similar situation. Look at other people's work or success and soak it in. One of the only ways we learn is from other people, so why stop observing? When a film student hits writer's block or can't quite get the proper angled shot, they may sit down and watch some of the best or their favorite movies. At one point or another, they have an epiphany moment where they feel inspired and know exactly what the next step will be. That inspiration from others leads directly to your personal motivation to reach your goals. For many of us in the business or restaurant realm, there are countless podcasts from real-life people who succeeded in a similar career. Finally, inspiration doesn't have to stem from watching something, there are countless ways to boost that inner drive such as changing your environment. Visiting or changing your location can sometimes do wonders for the creative process. Take a vacation focused on clearing your mind or relaxing and just watch how motivated you are when you return.

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