mo•ti•vate: – to provide with a motive or motives; incite; impel.

As a business owner, you have set some goals for yourself. They may be quite aggressive and you’ve made plans on how you’re going to reach them. Now you have to get to work to make them real.

What motivates you personally can be entirely different than what motivates someone else but many entrepreneurs like you are motivated by winning the game and by making money.

To win the game and make good money as an Affiliate, you need to identify what motivates you. Maybe it’s not the money itself; maybe it’s what the money can buy you and your family. Only you can define it.

One thing for certain, setting up a website and/or adding some banners to your existing site will not lead to any measure of success. So set yourself up for success.

Once you have identified what motivates you, re-check your business and marketing plan to make sure it fits with your vision for success. Maybe it’s unrealistic, which can be a de-motivator. Or maybe it doesn’t allow for you to make as much money as you want in your planned time frame. Or maybe it’s not aggressive enough – you want more from the business than you originally planned.

Don’t be afraid to be brutally honest with yourself about your capabilities, budgets, time constraints. There’s nothing wrong with adjusting plans as you go.

If the fit isn’t right, change your plan and then start working towards it.

Allow yourself a growth period, knowing that it will take some time to build your customer base. Don’t let this de-motivate you. It’s all part or your plan!

Sometimes it feels like hard work to measure your results against your plans but if you don’t do this daily, weekly, monthly, — or on some regular basis, you won’t know where you’re going. It is essential that you bite the bullet and get into the habit of looking at your results, whether it’s the number of players, earnings, costs, etc.

Now, you will find that you are motivated to work at your business because you have clear goals and you have things under control. You know that with hard work and persistence you will get where you want to go.

There are a lot of books and articles on the web and at your bookstore about motivating yourself.