Motivate Yourself

November 30th, 2018 | No Comments »

Blog by Kristen

For most inventors, motivation comes in waves. Some days we hop out of bed, ready to take on the world and the next day we do nothing… Inventors need a system to make achieving invention success as easy as possible — even when motivation is low.

Step 1: Be prepared for the Unknown
Successful inventors aren’t luckier than most people. But they do try more things, and they’re willing to take a risk to achieve success. Don’t be blindsided by failure and give up when it strikes. Pursue your invention because success comes with persistence.

Take Action:
1. Make a list of your goals.
2. Create a plan to achieve your goals.
3. Think about what could go wrong and have a plan of action.

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

Step 2: Mark your Calendar
The fundamentals — things like a simple calendar, pen and paper — work if you are ready. Execution is important if you plan to achieve invention success. Keep thinking ahead and you’ll never be pressed for time!

Take Action:
1. Map out your schedule for the week on your calendar.
2. Review every week to ensure all tasks were completed and then plan the next week.

“Give me but a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth.” – Archimedes

Step 3: Develop Focus
Sometimes we have external distractions: an emergency, family demands, or work gets busy. As inventors, we sometimes cannibalize one goal by shifting focus to another. Developing focus and being able to put some ideas on hold is a skill that almost guarantees we make progress on what matters, invention success!

Take Action:
1. Prioritize your goals.
2. Grab a pen & paper and write it down.

“I had made up my mind to find that for which I was searching ever if it required the remainder of my life.” – Alexander Graham Bell

 

Repost from September 6th, 2016

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