How Successful Entrepreneurs Stay Motivated
Entrepreneurship is tough, and though it comes with countless benefits, it also comes with its fair share of drawbacks and pitfalls. Lack of money, late nights and countless responsibilities are just three major issues that makes even the most passionate of business owners throw up their hands and say, “Enough!” Don’t let that happen to you! Though it can be difficult to stay motivated as an entrepreneur, the outcome is well worth it. If you find that you’re losing steam and don’t believe that you can keep going, keep these three motivational tips from successful business owners in mind:
Have a Mantra
You’re going to begin each day with a whole list of Things to Get Done, but the truth is that you may only accomplish a few of those things. That can be discouraging, as you may wonder what kind of business owner can’t even accomplish goals he or she set for themselves. The truth is that all entrepreneurs have a bad habit of setting unrealistic expectations for themselves. While you shouldn’t lower your personal expectations, you should have a mantra that reminds you that there is always tomorrow. If you don’t accomplish everything you set out to do today, tomorrow or next week, there is always a second chance to get it right.
Put Yourself in an Undesirable Situation
If you feel yourself wondering what you’re even doing (there hasn’t been a payday in weeks!), visit your friends at their places of work, or really pay attention to their workday horror stories. Seeing them in cubicles, or listening to them complain about a job they hate but suffer through nonetheless, maybe all it takes to remind you of why you ditched the nine to five and became an entrepreneur in the first place.
Don’t Let Yourself Become Complacent
Many entrepreneurs are driven by the possibilities and become discouraged by stagnancy. If you find yourself growing bored with your company or unwilling to go into work each day, it may be a sign that you’re ready for more growth. Look for new opportunities and don’t be afraid to pursue those that present themselves to you. Entrepreneurs thrive off a good challenge, and maybe that is precisely what you’re lacking: a challenge.
When you became an entrepreneur, you may not have envisioned all the hard work and late nights that you’ve since had to put in, but you probably didn’t envision all the rewards and feelings of accomplishment either. No one said entrepreneurship was going to be easy, and there may certainly come a time or two (hundred) when you want to call it quits, but don’t. The good stuff is right around the corner, and by keeping the above three tips in mind, you’ll feel motivated enough to go and find it.