One of the biggest challenges that business owners face is motivation.
Yes, they are motivated enough to start their business but there is no one really on top of them telling them what to do, how to do it, why to do it. They need to figure it out on their own. Entrepreneurs need to motivate themselves each day to get out of bed and create the perfect business.
That takes emotional fuel and it sometimes runs out. Wouldn’t it be great to figure out a strategy to load up on the emotional fuel needed to stay motivated? Imagine you can drink some kool aid that was legal and you can feel motivated with no low after. Sugar can get you hyper but it will also get you down right after it runs out. Real motivation comes from within. Here are a few strategies that have worked for me.
The most important thing that you can do to feel great about yourself and your business is to have a clear strategy, purpose and vision. You need to be clear on why you are doing what you are doing. Once you know exactly how you will be spending your time and why you will be doing each thing that you are doing you will have two decisions to make. Either you will stop doing what you are doing because you don’t have a compelling reason to do it or you will have the motivation to do it now with passion because you have a great clear reason and you know exactly what you need to do to get where you want to go.
Feed off Others
Motivation is like a shower, you need to do it every day or it will wear off. A great way to get motivated is to listen to a motivational speaker talk. To read some books that have been written that motivate you. To read some quotes written by great authors that push us and give us more purpose. Its great to try to do it all ourselves but when we feed off others that give away their energy as a gift it feels great to get that shot. Yes, it will wear off and that doesn’t make it not real. Its real but it’s temporary and it’s the boost you can use to get going and do what you need to do.
Push Your Comfort Zone
It’s nice to stay in our zone of comfort, we are in control and we feel secure. The thing is, it gets boring and it’s not motivating to do that. Get out of that zone and into a zone that is not familiar to you. Go for a walk in a place where you never where, take a new route that takes longer. Find something that you always wanted to do and try to do it. Hop on that unicycle and try to ride it for an hour and see what happens. For me it’s magical, when I do something that I have no idea how to do but do it anyway, or accomplish something that I never accomplished before, I get crazy motivation that spills over into other aspects of my life.
The best way to get what you want is to give it away. Call up your mom and motivate her to do something you know she wants to do. Visit a friend and tell them how great they are and push them to do something they are putting off. When we motivate other people we are really just motivating ourselves and it’s so much more fun to motivate others. Try it out with an employee, with a friend, with a stranger. The other day I walked over to a complete stranger and motivated him to the degree that he started screaming from the roof, literally.. It was the most amazing feeling.
To sum it up, Clarity, Feeding off others, Pushing your comfort zone and motivating others are ways that you can stay motivated every day, please share this article with the business owners in your life that you know need some motivation. Feel free to comment below with your ideas on how to stay motivated and what works for you.
This thought piece is featured courtesy of Forbes.com, Written by Joe Apfelbaum on Nov 11, 2015
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