How to stay the course when working on what matters to you

Working on something of your own is exciting, but motivation levels will fluctuate. Studies show that majority of people will slip when working on their goal, and numerous times if the goal is a long-term one. What matters, is our ability to stay the course!

Here are some numbers to illustrate that:

  • 71% will slip in the first month

  • 14 times is the average time people will 'fail' their goal over the course of 2 years

  • 19% of people will reach their goals after 2 years

Reported reasons why include lack of personal control, excessive stress, and negative emotion. In other words, we are human and success will come from sticking with our resolutions despite occasional ‘fails’. This is why this week (in place of judgment), I was exploring what helps me work with ease:

#1 Your space

Have you thought about what environments support you to work? I am after the Goldilocks of working space and in doing so, I am learning that I like to work in quiet and peaceful environments. But I also like it to be semi-social. Just the notion that there are other people working and ideally quietly 🤭, gives me a sense of a community that motivates me to continue. The atmosphere of work supports work.

#2 Someone in the same situation

Apart from all the perks of working remotely, it can also get lonely. For the past week, I have worked alongside Natalie, an owner of an inspiring small business, Terrorists of beauty, who shared facing the same feelings. As I entered our cafe office in the morning, I felt the rush of excitement. It’s was almost like accountability by mere presence and by the end of the weekly experiment we were very both very pleased with what we accomplished.

#3 Getting back to Yourself

We are whole beings and our non-working time affects our business life. This is why I give a lot of credit to my general well-being and keep ‘a helping toolbox’. This week I lean on nature and writing. There is something about nature that is calming and gives me perspective. Just a simple walk among the trees and time to notice life ensures that everything will be ok. On the other hand, writing has a different role. It’s a way to empty the mind, process emotions and digest the business of life. Science too confirms this and recognises journaling as an important contributor to our well-being.

Is working alone challenging for you? What supports you to work with more ease? Please share your wisdom below.