Motivation comes in countless different forms, and in the entrepreneurial world, staying motivated is required to succeed. Below are seven tips for staying motivated in the entrepreneurial world.
1. Realize the Progress-
That Has Been Made Entrepreneurs never look back with regret; instead, they see every mistake as a lesson. That doesn't mean they don't reflect upon their progress, though. If lacking motivation, take some time to realize how much progress has been made. It's a great way to appreciate the personal progress that has been made and it can be pleasantly surprising, too.
"You can become exhausted by decision making and the day-to-day activities," says Mary Ferguson, President of Concenter Services. "You need to always take breaks to stop and look back at the progress you have made on a continual basis to stay motivated."
2. Meditate Each Day-
Find some time every morning or evening (or both) to meditate. It doesn't really matter what it takes to clear the mind, but finding a calming process to wipe the mental slate clean is a great tool for staying motivated. It invigorates and refreshes, allowing entrepreneurs to see each day as a new opportunity.
"It is important to stay laser focused on your strategy. Do not get caught up in the small details," explains Stephen Hall, a Glendale EA and tax planning strategist. "I have seen small business owners get caught up in the small stuff and forget the top line revenue and the vision to motivate its employees and vendors for the overall big picture. It is imperative for small business owners to write their overall goals down on paper and look at the goals daily and ask themselves- is this activity achieving the goals written down?"
For being so physically demanding, exercise is an incredible way to release stress and find motivation. By nature, exercise is similar to entrepreneurship - both involve hard work, excuses are not welcome in either, and they're all about personal development. The dedication and motivation that comes from exercise carries over to entrepreneurship so don't skip that workout.
4. Limit Decision Making in Other Aspects of Life-
Entrepreneurs have to make a lot of tough choices each day and it can take a toll. Throughout the rest of the day, though, they tend to limit decision-making to keep things simple. It's a great tool for motivating entrepreneurs because it keeps them sharp when their abilities are needed elsewhere.
5. Visualize the Future-
Every great entrepreneur had a vision of what they wanted to achieve, and for good reason - it's unbelievably motivating. Entrepreneurs owe it to themselves to know exactly what they strive to achieve because without a clear goal in mind, the drive to achieve greatness is limited.
"I personally prefer to turn those entrepreneurship pressures around and use them to push me and my business harder, faster, farther." Aaron Schmitz, CEO and President of Equity Technology Partners explains that, "I've seen how a lack of motivation in entrepreneurs especially during the hard times can affect their mental and physical health and the health of their relationships both personal and professional and while it's an easy trap to fall into it's also avoidable."
6. Take Time for Yourself and Your Loved Ones-
Sometimes, a break is all that's required to motivate an entrepreneur. They are human, after all, and they get tired. Spending some time with friends or family, or perhaps embracing a hobby, provides the refreshing mental break that allows for a proper return to form the next day.
7. Experience the World-
Motivation comes from many places, and not just mental ones. With the unbelievable range of cultures, values, and regions across the world, inspiration and new ideas are virtually limitless. Entrepreneurs should explore the world and take advantage of all it has to offer. There are endless ways to find motivation in the world, so don't hesitate to expand those horizons.