As an entrepreneur, motivation is one of the most important things to drives me and keep pushing me forward every day. Without the force of motivation, it is quite hard to keep me or any entrepreneurs out there to keep striving for what we believe in. You may be spending 16 hours a day working and even work in the weekends. It may happen to you that once in a while you’ll be asking yourself ‘why am I doing this’?
Does it sound familiar? Have you ever asked yourself this question? It’s no surprise that entrepreneurs need to keep themselves motivated all the time as being creative, solving problems and making decisions require a lot of energy and mental strength.
When things are going smoothly, you’ll feel that there’s nothing that can stop you. But things don’t remain smooth sailing for an entrepreneur in his journey. You’ll be met with obstacles, road blocks, knocks and falls. These are the times when you need to motivate yourself to get back on track again.
In this post I’ll share with you a few ways to motivate yourself as an entrepreneur, from one entrepreneur to another.
1. Always Challenge Yourself
Your tasks can be repetitive after you’ve worked on it for some time. Doing the same things over and over again can be boring and reduce your motivation to work further.
Try to challenge yourself and adjust your targets higher, do more things in shorter period of time or do things differently. So instead of feeling that you’re stuck in an infinite loop, you are actually growing and improving from these challenges.
If you think getting $50,000 of sales per month is easy, how about challenge yourself to achieve $300,000 this month?
2. Exercise and Workout
Many entrepreneurs, especially startups’ founders and bootstrappers spend most of their time in a day working on their business. If your work doesn’t require much physical activity as you only need to work using your laptop, you need to go out there and exercise.
Exercise is good for your body, mind and emotions. Doing exercise routinely can improve your health condition and with good health condition, comes better mood and emotion.
If you really can’t spend too much time going out there to exercise, consider getting some workout equipment like dumbbells, jumping ropes, yoga balls or anything that can fit in your home or office. Working out indoor can help too.
3. Surround Yourself with Positive People & Entrepreneurs
Positive people can be your source of support as they can give you positive energy to face with the negative situations you are in. Additionally, you can also find entrepreneurs that inspired you and make them your mentor to guide you and support you from time to time.
We’re greatly influenced by our social environment. if you surround yourself with negative people, not only it does not bring benefits, but it can also bring harm and demotivate you if you’re influenced by their negativity.
Stay open and friendly. Attend networking events and conferences to get connected with more like-minded people.
4. Read Others’ Success Stories
At times, you may wonder whether is there really a light at the end of the tunnel? Is all your efforts worth it? Will the time you’ve invested in your business be wasted? Are you doing the right thing?
These kinds of thoughts are what kills you and demotivate you to the pit. Go on and read other entrepreneurs’ success stories. Study and research on how they’ve made it through the pain, suffering and hard times in order to get them to where they are now.
The road to success is not a straight road, so always remember this: if other entrepreneurs can be successful in the things they do, why not you?
It can be a challenge to keep going when you’re working for yourself. You’ll have to be motivated most of the time to keep your momentum of going forward. Your belief and determination is very important to keep your business growing.
So, let’s recap on the 4 points we’ve mentioned:
1. Give yourself some challenges
2. Do your exercises
3. Weed out negative people and welcome positive ones
4. Remind yourself of entrepreneurs’ success stories
If you have your own set of tips to share, feel free to drop down your message in the comments down below!
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