We all need a little motivation now and then. The little voice inside us that motivates us to get out of bed in the morning and go out and do good in the world. There’s no doubt that this last year has been somewhat of a challenge for everyone (gross understatement), and we all have had to face adversity in our businesses and personal lives. It hasn’t been easy for anyone that I know – clients, friends, and family.
Some have been faced with horrific situations that no one could have planned or prepared for. I was talking to a friend of mine who helps restaurant owners with cost-control and squeezing out more profit from their businesses. We both said that when we started our businesses of helping restaurant owners, we never thought to include in our business plans a scenario where literally every restaurant in the world would be shut down at the same time. Simply incomprehensible.
With that being said, we need to remain vigilant and motivated. Not just survive in this new economy and way of doing business but do better. The pandemic has pushed us ahead 10 years in the way we do business, but there is still lots of work to be done. This year will be totally different from last year; that’s the one thing I can predict with certainty.
Looking for a little motivation to get you going? I don’t know if you know this, but I am a HUGE boxing fan. I love it. I have done some amateur fun stuff for fitness, but I’m an avid watcher and follow the sport closely. I remember when I was 9 years old and snuck downstairs in my grandparent’s basement to watch the Thrilla in Manila fight on a 10” black and white TV. Remember those?
I love each boxer’s stories and how motivated they are to train and prepare for every fight. The winner is typically the one who has worked harder at preparing. Physically and mentally. I do enjoy motivational quotes from boxers to get my blood boiling and get myself motivated into action. I wanted to share one quote with you that I hang on my wall. I know it, my kids know it, and my staff has heard me use it. It’s from one of the Rocky movies. I think something like Rocky 16 LOL. He was talking to his son, who was grown up and needed a kick in the pants because he wasn’t as successful as he wanted to be. He was blaming everything else except looking at the one person who had the control of the outcomes of his choices… himself.
I have this exact piece hanging in my office at home. I have it on metal so that it will last forever. If you want to check out other interesting artwork, I bought it from Smile Art Design. You can find their stuff on Amazon or just Google them if you’re interested.
I love the line:
“But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”
We hit hard in 2020, and it’s very cool to see how many business owners refused just to lay down – they got up and fought, and they fought hard. Doing things they’ve never done before and working harder than they have ever before. That’s how winning is done.