I Have No Motivation to Continue Selling on eBay
From time to time, you may discover that you are saying to yourself, “I just don’t have the
motivation to list on eBay.”
A lot of people have told me this very thing too. I know what it’s like to struggle. When I talk to people about this, I see myself from six years ago—how much I struggled and how much I hated my life. I was depressed, overweight, and tired. I didn’t have a purpose.
But when I talk to people who are committed and serious about starting a business on eBay or Amazon, it still gets me excited and motivated. I remember what it was like when I first started having success.
The Biggest Key to Success
What did I find was the biggest key to my success? Simple: listing my items. The more you list, typically, the more you’re going to sell (assuming the items are profitable and have a market demand).
What should you do if you aren’t motivated to list? We’ve all been there. We get so hooked on sourcing—going to thrift stores, pawn shops, garage sales. Then when it comes to putting in the hard work of processing that pile and listing it—doing all the stuff necessary to get it to market—sometimes we drop the ball.
What should you do? The number one thing that I would recommend doing is spending some time asking yourself a few questions: How would your life change if your business doubled? How would your life change if you went from 300 to 500 listings and were selling $4,000 a month? How would your life change if you had an extra $2,000?
Cultivate Your Vision
Envision what it would be like if you were able to travel or had more free time. Or maybe you would be able to spend time with your friends and family. Maybe you could have an extra $200 of disposable income to give to your mother who just retired. Think about seeing that smile on her face and not having to hear about her financial worries.
Go deep within yourself to find your internal motivation. What drives you? What gets you
excited? Once you find that reason, write it down. Say it to yourself. Repeat it. Envision it. Think about it. Doing all that will get you moving to do the things you need to do when you don’t feel like it.
An Object at Rest Stays at Rest
Another important thing to remember is what happens when something (in this case, someone—you) is at rest. When you stop doing anything, you stop listing. A week goes by; and then two weeks go by. It becomes hard to get moving again. When something is at rest, it takes so much effort to get it going again. It’s like a rocket getting off the ground. So much energy is needed to get a rocket in the air, but once it starts moving, it almost seems easy.
Have you ever been in a situation where you’re just on fire? You’ve been listing everything for weeks or even months at a time. You’re having all this success, and then you think back to when you were in a slump for a month. And you ask yourself, “What was wrong with me?”
Or maybe you have been eating healthy for the last two months, losing weight, and getting fit. You look back on your previous unhealthy lifestyle and ask yourself, “Why was I so hooked on ice cream? Why didn’t I just exercise? It’s so easy.”
When you’re creating good habits, moving, and performing well, it’s easy to keep going. But when you are at rest, not doing anything, and being lazy, it’s so hard to turn your act around and get going. You’ve got to create that habit. You’ve got to construct that routine. And you can do that once you find that driving force—your motivation. What gets you excited? What gets you pumped up?
Getting Going Isn’t Easy
Yes, you will have to tough it through the initial period. It won’t be easy to get started. You will need to go through your items, take pictures, and write up the listings. The first day, you will be watching the clock–10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes. It will feel as though it is taking forever just to make a dent in all that needs to be done.
Guess what? The second day won’t be fun either. Neither will the third day. By the fourth day, it might feel a little easier and less stressful. It might even be sort of fun. Then you are going to start seeing results. You will get excited. Then maybe you start thinking, “Wow, I’m having all these results. Why don’t I start getting smart here? Why don’t I hire someone to help me with the cleaning and prepping and photographing?” Now you start to free up your time. You are going to outsource more. You will be enjoying your life.
The Only Way to Get There Is to Start Getting There
If you’re not motivated, find that number one reason, get your act together, and start moving. Get in motion. Once your life is in motion, it will be easier to keep it in motion.
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