Embarking on the journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur is one that is filled with excitement and fulfilment. It is also a self-discovery journey filled with many ups and downs. The question is: How to stay motivated through all the testing times? In this blog post, I share with you 9 effective strategies to stay motivated as an entrepreneur.
If you are just starting out in your business, I am sure you know what I mean… Some days you are on a roll – inspiration and motivation constantly hits you, and you jump out of bed every morning looking forward to working on your new venture and building your dreams.
Some days, however, things aren’t as exciting, especially when you realize the amount of work and obstacles that are inevitably along the way, or you are finding it hard to set yourself tasks and goals without anyone around to support you. Or perhaps, you might be struggling with finding the time to devote to building your business, balancing the multitude of entrepreneurial tasks with your personal life, or may be, the whole process is taking longer than you had originally anticipated.
Here is the truth – Anything worth building requires time, dedication and hard work.
As an entrepreneur, it’s sometimes easy to lose motivation – I have been there myself and I totally get it. So, in today’s blog post, I have put together 9 effective strategies to help you stay motivated as an entrepreneur.
Related Read: Top 40 Inspirational Quotes for Women Entrepreneurs
Strategy # 1: Set Inspiring & Purposeful Goals
First and foremost, one of the most important strategies to stay motivated is to set inspiring and purposeful goals.
I am a strong believer in goal setting – this is something I have been doing every year since I started my first business in Year 2011. And I believe this is one of the key reasons why I have been able to achieve so many milestones and fulfil so many dreams in just a few short years. If you haven’t been setting your goals, I strongly encourage you to do that.
Setting clear, specific, purposeful goals with deadlines that inspire you every single day to take massive actions towards your dream life are really important. I am talking about goals that literally fire you up and give you fuel to move forward every day.
Motivation alone is not enough. But motivation with a purpose will light up any life.
Strategy # 2: Visualize The End Goal
Next, another useful strategy to stay motivated is to see and feel your end result through visualization.
This involves creating a mental image of what your business and your life could look like when you reach your goals. The goal here is to really feel it. Make it feel so real to you that you want to live it right now! It is a simple technique but can be extremely powerful to help you stay motivated.
Before you said, no way, visualization is just too hocus-pocus. I get you. I thought the same way before and I didn’t believe it. Well, that was until I tried it.
Two years after I started my first business in year 2011 I had a particular goal in mind. I was working so hard trying to achieve it but I kept hitting plateaus.
Then, I learned this visualization technique. I followed it and created such a strong mental image of what my business and life would look like once I reach my goal. It felt SO real. I imagined myself hitting my goals and was recognized on stage, with thousands of people in the audience cheering for me. I could hear their cheering clearly. And I even felt the warmth of the spotlight shining on me. And in less than 9 months, that became my reality.
If you want to give it a go. Here’s how:
Find a quiet place where you will not be distracted. Then close your eyes and relax. Release the tension from your shoulders. Breath in and out, deeply and slowly. Now, imagine your dream business or your dream life or the moment you achieve your milestone.
What does it look like? Where is it? Who is there? How do you feel? Happy? Excited? Fulfilled? Explore your surroundings. Take it all in. Hold the vision for as long as possible. Remember this feeling and remember this moment. Gently open your eyes.
This exercise may last for just a few minutes or it may last for 15 minutes. Depending on how long you want to stay in this space for.
The Power Of Visualization
Don’t underestimate the power of visualization. This technique is used by many successful individuals including famous sport stars like Michael Jordan. Visualization works by priming our body to act in ways that are consistent with what we imagine.
You can use this visualization technique as often as you need to, especially when you feel like you need a little more motivation.
Strategy # 3: Remember Why You Started
OK, the next strategy to stay motivated is to remember your WHY.
You started your business because you wanted to accomplish something.
Whether that was having a flexible schedule, more time with your children, earn more income, serve your audience, or to make an impact in this World, you had a reason that was significant to you.
Always bring it back to why you got started. There is power in that reason.
What were the reasons you got started? What are the reasons you must take actions? Could it be that the life you are currently living is NOT good enough for the person inside of you? Do you feel that you are meant for something bigger and more purposeful in life? Perhaps you want to reach financial independence so you can spend more time with your children? Or may be, you want to show your family what is possible – that you can have the courage to fulfill your dreams no matter what life throws at you? Or perhaps you want to become a role model for your children?
Whatever those reasons were, constantly remind yourself.
Strategy # 4: Fill Your Mind with Positivity Every Day
This is another one of my favorite strategies to stay motivated: Fill your mind with positivity every day! As Zig Ziglar, world-renowned motivational speaker, said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bath. That’s why we recommend it daily.”
Give yourself at least 20 – 30 minutes of personal development each and every day.
Watch a positive YouTube video, listen to an inspiring TED talk or success story podcast, read pages of an uplifting book, surround yourself with people who positively impact you and have an empowering conversation.
If you are running short of time, you can squeeze this in during your lunch break, during your commute, during your workout, or while your kids are sleeping. Find a way to fill your mind with positivity each day no matter how busy your life gets.
What you put in your mind matters. Garbage in, garbage out. Positivity in, positivity out. I promise you when you start to nurture your mind with positivity daily, life will support you magically in return.
Strategy # 5: Create a Pleasant Work Environment
Are you still with me?
Now, the next strategy to stay motivated is to create a pleasant work environment. Seriously, the physical environment around you matters. Who wants to be surrounded by a mess all the time anyway? Get your workplace tidied up and set yourself up for success!
Dedicate a tidy working space or desk for your business. If you prefer to work at the coffee shop or on the beach (yes, you are allowed to do that too with your online business) – just make sure that you have a pleasant work environment that allows you to stay focused and get things done productively.
Prefer working with a certain music playing in the background? Then, have that music ready when you work. If having a freshly-squeezed juice or a coffee helps you stay focused, then by all means do that.
Create a physical environment that helps you to strive forward in your business and your life.
Strategy # 6: Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Soul
Entrepreneurship takes hard work. Creating something sustainable, meaningful and impactful takes time, heart, soul, sweats, and sometimes tears too. Along the journey, it is easy to get burned out, especially if we are caught up in building your business days and nights.
So always remember to take great care of yourself! Set personal time during each day for yourself to wind down and relax – do what makes your spiritual and physical self happy and fulfilled! Take a walk, meditate, go for a spa, do some yoga, exercise, read a book, meet up with close friends who support you, or heck, eat that chocolate and drink a glass of wine as needed!
Eat balanced and healthy meats, drink lots of water, exercise regularly, and never underestimate the importance of a good night sleep. Taking great care of yourself rejuvenates your body, mind and soul, and pays amazing dividends over the long-haul.
Strategy # 7: Set Rewards
Yay! haha… Don’t we all love this strategy to stay motivated. Set rewards!
It’s no secret that setting rewards create excitement. Something for us to look forward to. As humans, we are naturally wired to excitement. So be prepared to reward yourself for accomplishing a major goal, maintaining a good habit, or hitting a business milestone!
That Michelin star restaurant that you have always wanted to visit? Great, set that up as your reward when you accomplish a certain goal. Always wanted to go a nice vacation (Maldives, anyone?) Wonderful! That could be your reward when you hit your next major business milestone!
Setting your rewards and celebrating when you do hit your milestones keep you motivated to continue to strive forward.
Strategy # 8: Practice Discipline & Make Habit Your Friend
Motivation is great. Everyone needs to get motivated at times. Everyone needs to fill their mind with positive knowledge and energy.
But let’s face it. You won’t always feel motivated. Some days, it just simply won’t be there. You can try everything I have mentioned above and you may still feel tired and lost. And that’s called being human.
But, guess what… the most important thing is just to keep going (I know you don’t want to hear it…)
Maintaining discipline in times where motivation is lacking is the key to success.
Ask any World-class athletes, musicians, professionals, yes, they keep training even when they don’t feel like it.
Therefore, have a daily method of operation that is simply non-negotiable. Something to help you build your business and moves towards your dreams no matter you feel like it or not. Stick with it. Do it so often that it becomes a habit to you. Check out this relating blog post Success Mindset: 8 Secrets of Building a Successful Business.
Discipline always trumps motivation.
Strategy # 9: Have an Accountability Partner
Last but not least, here is another one of my favorite (and effective) strategies to stay motivated: It is having an accountability partner (or hire a business coach) to keep you on track and make you accountable. I mean, if we are serious in reaching our goals, we do need that extra kick in the butt, don’t we?!
Partner up with someone who understands and supports your journey, but at the same time, he/she is not afraid to push you forward when you most need it.
So, here they are. My 9 Effective Strategies to Stay Motivated as an Entrepreneur.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite strategy from the list above? Also, what other strategies do you use to stay motivated as an entrepreneur? I would really love to know! Please comment below. I read all my comments and will reply to you.
As with anything in life, you will get out of what you put into it.
Building a sustainable and purposeful business takes time, dedication and hard work. Sometimes it can be easy to get stuck on the fine details of your business that you forget to step back and look at how far you have already gone.
Take a moment to appreciate what you have done and look forward to what are still to come. You are building your business, you are building your future, and you are making real impacts – Don’t ever forget that.
A Tiny Request: If you liked this post, please share THIS?
I know most people don’t share because they feel that us bloggers don’t need their “tiny” social share. But here’s the truth…
I built this blog piece by piece, one small share at a time, and will continue to do so. So thank you so much for your support, my reader.
A share from you would seriously help a lot with the growth of this blog.
Some great suggestions:
– Share it to your favorite Facebook group!
– Pin it!
– Tweet it!
– WhatsApp it!
It won’t take more than 10 seconds of your time. The share buttons are right below. Thank you so much! Hugs!