When you have made a bold leap from employee to business owner or you have a business idea you are trying to develop, staying motivated and focused is a vital component for your success. Here are ways you can stay on top of the game.
- Focus on your passion
The best business ventures are not those that make lots of money but those that use your natural talents and at the same time fun. Work is not enjoyable. Passion is. Ask yourself what you are good at and what gives you giggles. Then do it even if you don’t know what will happen next. On the other hand, ask yourself what it is that you dislike, or that puts you off, then reduce or remove it from your life.
- Think outside the box
If you find yourself quickly losing steam, perhaps try a new approach. Find out how else you can do something without being discouraged. Try breaking down your tasks into small pieces, for example do one thing a day then reward yourself before you can do the next. Start with the most exciting thing in the list. When you are able to do what you like to do even if it does not immediately yield any income, you will still be happy.
- Be like rubber, stretch and bend
Alternatively, find out what else there is to do in the meantime. Sometimes you need to be flexible and go with whatever works for that moment until you can do what you want to do. Some things we can learn to love. This does not mean that you must sell yourself short or lose your essence.
- Satisfy your basic needs first
On the other hand, when you are able to do what you dislike, knowing it’s only a temporary stepping stone to something much bigger and exciting, you will be happy. Remember bills must still be paid and dignity must come before you can pursue your passion. (Read Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs). By all means necessary, find the next rock out of the river and climb out. When you are safe and comfortable, pick up your dream list and review again.
- Check your environment as well
Negative people and toxic environments are not fertile grounds for seeds to grow. Distance yourself from these if you are to be productive. Hang around with people who are supportive and constructive.
- Cultivate self-belief and self-discipline
Hard work and a positive inner dialogue are also important. You need to be on your side. Avoid draining your own boat by destructive or wasteful activities. Set a routine for your business practice and stick to it. Do not be too hard on yourself if you wake up in the morning and do not feel like doing anything. Rest and begin again the next day, no one is marking you for perfection. Allow yourself to fail, you are human.
- Remember, learning never stops
Constantly up skill yourself in order to survive the ever changing world, take up additional courses; attend seminars and conferences near you.
- Find mentors or accountability partners
There will always be someone who has walked the path before you and emerged victorious. Drink from their well of wisdom.
- Review your goals from time to time
Reflect on why you started the business in the first place. Get a piece of paper and sit in silence and write out what comes into your mind. Let it pour out and then assess what works and what needs to be discarded or put in the back burner.
- Indulge your senses!
Put up pictures of goals you want to achieve as a way of motivating yourself. Make those your screen savers. Surround yourself with images, sounds, tastes, scents, thoughts and feelings you love. Do not concentrate on the things you don’t want, starve the negatives and feed the positives by focusing only on what you want.