If you just aren’t feeling it this year (already), don’t despair.
Surely you realize you’re not the first to lose motivation so soon after you made (and probably broke) all (or some) of those new year’s resolutions. Staying motivated is hard work.
According to Fast Company, a British printing company, Parker-Holliday, created a series of posters in the 1920s around a fictional character named Bill Jones, whom “all workers were meant to emulate.” The savvy advice displayed in the style of the progressive Arts and Crafts movement was aimed at “that era’s cubicle-farm set,” but the messages are still relevant today, particularly as it relates to keeping your eye on the prize.
See if Bill Jones can do for you what he did for your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents back in the day (they appear to be aimed at men, but the messages are unisex nonetheless):
SLUMPS ARE JUST A STATE OF MIND 1 of 17You can lick them.
WORRY 2 of 17never made anyone a dime.
Be bigger than any unpleasant situation.
FRIENDLY CONTACT 3 of 17is the result of getting in on the right basis . . . to start with.
RESULTS 4 of 17not excuses, count.
An alibi artist is his own worst enemy.
TOUGH LUCK 5 of 17is not recognized by real men.
Snap your fingers and go after the next one.
OBJECTIVE THINKING 6 of 17insures results.
It's the will to do that counts.
‘IT CAN’T BE DONE’ 7 of 17means nothing to the fellow who tries.
CLEARED FOR ACTION 8 of 17It's easier done when things are 'ship-shape.'
LIFE’S TOO SHORT 9 of 17for groping.
Choose an objective and go after it.
IT’S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT 10 of 17It's the size of the fight in the dog that counts.
SLUMPS 11 of 17Nothing has changed but his mental attitude.
DISORDER AND NEGLECT 12 of 17are the bosom friends of waste!
Let's show them the door!
REFUSE 13 of 17to be sidetracked.
You called to see Mr. Rightman. See him!
HE GETS WHAT HE WANTS WITH A SMILE 14 of 17Try it on your next prospect.
BIG MONEY 15 of 17— isn't made by "hitting the high spots."
Take them as they come.
MOST FAILURES 16 of 17result from looking for "soft snaps."
THOUGHT 17 of 17is essential to business development.
The thinker wins.
All images used with permission from Fast Company
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