Unfortunately, unlike clocking in at a job, it is solely up to entrepreneurs to keep themselves on the right track. There are no managers to evaluate your performance and no preset measurements of success. You must learn to self-motivate and assess. Self-motivation is not impossible at all. However, we are all human. At some point, there will be times where motivation can be last thing on our minds. After fighting to keep business afloat and enduring the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, self-motivation can quickly become a myth. Here are 3 ways I keep motivated no matter what the climate of my business or industry is.
Refer To The Plan
Remember when you first decided this was a good idea? Surely you remember when you were all excited and declared to anyone who would listen that your plan for success was sure fire! Well, when you are having a hard day or rough patch in business and facing not-so-motivating days, this is a good time to pull out that original plan. Flipping through the pages of your ideas and plans quickly remind you of why you are where you are. It’s the perfect bridge over the stream of self-pity and anger. Of course, I am assuming you started this mission with a plan. If you haven’t, I have a way you can make your plan in 1 business week here. Maybe creating the plan will give you that boost as well.
Take A Break
It’s very possible that you have been going so hard for so long that frustration is easily created. I know you want to keep going until you hit the mark, but success is no good if you’re too worn out to enjoy it. Now, I’m not suggesting that you quit or even take too long of a break. What I am recommending is a small breather. Time to pull your head up and look around at how far you have come and realize where you are. Step away from the front line and look at the bigger picture. Give yourself some time to realize how fruitful your efforts up to this point have truly been. Deep breath… then back to it.
Refer to those who are on similar paths as you. Other entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and visionaries know how it feels to need group support. If you aren’t already a part of an organization of like-minded individuals, before you need motivation is a good time to identify with one. From that organization or group, you will find people who understand the struggle of needing a little boost or pat on the back. Warning: These people do not exist to baby you. Get your jump off and drive on! Don’t drain them of energy with your woe-is-me demeanor. Go out, get drinks, talk about your struggles, listen to theirs, resolve with each other to keep pushing and get back to the grind.
I know that you can do what you have set out to do. Your desire is strong and your vision is clear! We all have times that we need motivation. You are not weak because you need a little help with staying on course.
If there are other ways you stay motivated, I’d love to hear them. Drop a comment and share with us all!
Now… GO BE GREAT!