I’ll be honest. Having a side hustle can be challenging in a lot of ways.
But the greatest challenge of all? Motivation.
Side hustling is the work you do after or before your regular job, so the idea of working more after you’ve already worked a full day or before you go to work can be a daunting prospect.
But there’s a reason why you’re considering a side hustle and that reason is the reason you have to push beyond the feeling that a side hustle can be daunting.
Now, what’s this THE reason?
The reason you’re side hustling is your “why.”
- Your “why” is the reason you’re thinking about side hustling.
- Your “why” is the reason you’re going to work extra hours.
- Your “why” is the reason you’re going to start taking action.
- Your “why” is the reason you’re going to make progress on your goals.
Your “why” will keep you motivated day after day.
For many individuals, financial reasons are common reasons why individuals (like you and me!) start side hustling.
Regardless of what the reasons are for starting a side hustle, it’s important that you’re clear about why you’re side hustling.
Write down your “why” right now.
Put that “why” on your fridge or on a bathroom mirror—that way, you’ve got a daily reminder of why you’re side hustling.
When you’re feeling tired, when you’re thinking about taking a week off, when you’re thinking about binge watching TV shows, you’ve got that reminder literally staring you in the face. It’s hard to ignore a message you’ve written to yourself when you have to look at it daily.
Write down your “why” now. I know it sounds simple, but seriously, this is the single best thing you can do to help set yourself up for side hustle success.
Seriously, don’t finish reading this post until you’ve written down your “why.”
OK. You’ve got your “why.” How does it feel knowing what you want to accomplish? Pretty awesome, right?!
Knowing your “why” for your side hustle directly relates to the concept of grit.
Grit is defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” – from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Your “why” will help keep you motivated, help you maintain the grit you need to create success in your life.
I’ll leave you with this TED Talk from Angela Lee Duckworth about grit and its impact on long-term success. Take note—it’s grit that will benefit your side hustle and help you translate your “why” into your reality…