Updated: Aug 25
If you own your own business or are an entrepreneur, you will often be faced with challenges and obstacles that will appear to be overwhelming and test your motivation to go on. Below are four ways you can realign your focus and re-ignite your passion to keep going.
1. Get clear on what you want. Behind anything you want to achieve your motivation is the drive, and business is no different. If you’ve attached your goals to desires such as making more money, it can be easy to get discouraged. But if you tap into your core reasons for being inspired, it’s easier to stay the course—for example, a better home, providing for your family, or enjoying life to the fullest.
2. Define your core values. When your core values are outlined in your mission statement it will be the guide that will enable your business to survive both good and bad times by helping you find direction and bringing you through turbulent times. Simply “making money” may not be a goal that will be enough to keep you motivated when clients and sales aren’t coming, but “delivering sustainable value” or something similarly specific will help you stay motivated towards a goal that forms the bigger picture.
3. Create milestones. There may be a gap between your desired results and the actual results of what’s happened so far because your goals are inflexible and too future based. Setting short-term milestones ensures that you will focus on each small progress forward and gives a more accurate picture of how things are progressing overall, which will in turn strengthen your motivation to achieve your long term goals.
4. Surround yourself with people who supports you. The people which surround you play a huge role in your success and it's not to be under-estimated. When it comes to running your own business, there are a lot of naysayers and dreamstealers who will seek to throw shade and undermine your efforts, but never allow them to make you doubt or question your decision to follow your dream. Choose instead, to seek out like-minded people and other entrepreneurs, both at networking events and in casual settings. Be inspired and fuel your motivation from those on a similar path as your own.
While running your own business is challenging and may sometimes require you to commit to working long hours and weekends too, if you ever find yourself missing or wishing for the illusionary safety of a nine to five, consciously remind yourself of what it was like to ignore your dreams and sign away your time to a corporate syndicate. Remember that the grass isn’t always greener especially as in the present climate when most employees are complaining of being underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked by someone who can erase and replace you with a short notice. If in doubt ask yourself if you really want to return to that kind of environment and give up on your dreams? If you are still finding it hard going read here for more inspiration.
By| womenwhoslay @womenwhoslay