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How entrepreneurs can stay motivated

Life is filled with a lot of ups and downs. If you can avoid the roller-coaster of emotion with entrepreneurship, then you are not pushing your self to your fullest potential. You must challenge yourself to reach your business goals. There are many roadblocks that you will endure on your way to success. Sometimes these roadblocks can ruin your motivation, mood, and even make you depressed. We are going to discuss some of the steps that you can take to help you stay motivated when you are running your business.

  1. Remember why you started in the first place
    Why did you want to start a business? Did you want to start a business to become financially independent? Did you want to open up opportunities for your self which were not previously available to you? Whatever your reason was for starting your company, you need to remember what inspired you on your entrepreneurial journey.
  2. Set up mini goals
    If you have a business goal that looks daunting, then that goal may be too big to tackle at once. You may want to segment that goal into small obtainable chunks. This way you can have steady progress in building your business and create a momentum of success to continue to inspire you to achieve your goals.
  3. Have a support system
    You want to build a network of family, friends, and peers who will support you on your entrepreneurial journey. You need to have people who will pick you up when you are down. You will find that these people will be the most important people in your life. Do you have someone who you can count on to help you through your struggles as an entrepreneur? If you do then keep them close and continue to build a strong relationship with them.
  4. Take a break
    An excellent cure to help you stay motivated may be to walk away from your work. Sometimes you may find yourself too involved in the details of your work that you may forget about the picture. You may see that taking some time off from your business may help you gain a big-picture perspective to stay motivated in accomplishing your goals.
  5. Think about how success would impact your life
    Close your eyes. Think about how your life will change if your business is thriving. What would you be able to do differently that you could not do now? What are the opportunities that a successful business would create for you and your family? These life-changing goals will help motivate you to continue with your dreams of success.
  6. Make your work fun
    Tedious work that is monotonous in a stressful environment can impact your health. You need to find a way to make your job more fun and create an environment that fosters creativity. Corporate culture is vital to the growth of an organization. People are the foundation of your business. Having a corporate culture which celebrates work achievements and has fun while being successful will lead to a productive enterprise.
  7. Have a mentor
    Find a good mentor to help you stay motivated. You want to find a mentor who has experience in your industry and has already accomplished the work that you would like to achieve with your business. A mentor can be a critical part of getting the knowledge that you need from an experienced business person.
  8. Celebrate your success
    You want to celebrate your victories by spoiling yourself a bit. Take your team out to a restaurant. Have some fun. Enjoy the moments that make you closer to achieving success with the people who help you get there.
  9. Have a plan
    You always want to have a short-term and a long-term plan for your business. If you are doing a lot of work which does not have any real impact on your business, then you are wasting resources. When you waste money, resources then you feel that your work is not aligned to being successful. This can impact your motivation negatively. This is why having a plan on what you need to do and how to get there can alleviate any anxiety that you may have.

Written by Ricky Singh, MBA

Founder & Editor of The Startup Growth

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