5 Tips to Stay Motivated in Your Business
You, as an entrepreneur, are a generally driven person. Your decision to go into business can mostly be attributed to your desire to carve out your own path through life. And to do this, you need ample drive and energy.
But sometimes, even the most motivated person can feel disheartened during challenging times; whether due to business or personal issues. When this happens, it’s crucial that you be able to pick yourself up and continue to do your best for your business.
To keep you motivated, here are some useful pointers to help you fall in love with your business all over again.
1. Remember the dream.
Never forget what made you want to be an entrepreneur in the first place. Besides enjoying the freedom of doing things your way, you also get an immense sense of fulfilment when seeing your ideas come to fruition.
However, when confronted with disappointments and frustration, it’s easy to lose sight of this dream. Instead, focus on your achievements and what has gotten you this far, and push on. If there is one thing in common all established entrepreneurs say, it is that the road to success is paved with failure.
2. Celebrate every goal achieved.
To keep the passion burning and stay motivated in your business, it is important to see progress. So start by setting yourself bite-sized goals that you can achieve daily/weekly or monthly and feel good about yourself with every goal accomplished. While these may seem like baby steps, the purpose is to build confidence and to continually move forward.
As time goes by, and with success building on success, you will be able to increase your pace and start setting yourself bigger goals.
3. Accept setbacks as learning opportunities.
One of the most common reasons for losing motivation is to feel overwhelmed when an unexpected obstacle comes along and throws your plans off-course. Don’t be discouraged by such setbacks. Rather, see it an opportunity to learn and fine-tune your business strategy.
Refusing to let any obstacle hold you back is already a major step forward. But if the problem is too big to tackle at one go, break it down into more manageable sizes and make a list of possible solutions, weighing the pros and cons for each. Very often, an obstacle is only as daunting as we make it out to be.
4. Get inspired by stories of success.
Learning about the success of top business leaders and the challenges they overcame can serve as a great source of motivation. Think Big Think Canon has profiled several of Singapore’s top entrepreneurs such as EpiCentre’s Jimmy Fong and Paradise Group’s Eldwin Chua. Click here to be inspired by their stories.
Taking part in networking events like Canon’s Think Big Entrepreneur Convention can also connect you with established entrepreneurs who could serve as mentors to help you to grow your business.
5. Take time to unwind.
Getting caught up in your early entrepreneurial enthusiasm might lead you to take on too many tasks too soon, leaving you feeling burned out. You will know this has happened to you when you get bothered by even the slightest things and have difficulty focusing on the task at hand.
At times like these, you need to take a breather and recharge. Go for a leisurely run, spend time with your loved ones, catch up on a book or take a nap; anything that will take your mind off your business for a period of time.
Being well-rested and recharged helps you think better and clearer, making you a more productive worker, and this means your business will definitely benefit from it.
As an entrepreneur, it is absolutely vital that you stay motivated about your business. Even though there will be days where you can’t help but question yourself, those are the times when you should reflect and reaffirm your beliefs. Because if you are not convinced about your own ideas, chances are no one else will buy them too.