How to stay motivated?
That’s a constant question I’m asked—by acquaintances, business connections, and readers of this column—and it’s a question that should be answered daily by all entrepreneurs.
Here are five ways in which I stay continually motivated they will also encourage you.
Start a business according to your passion.
It’s not rare to achieve the motivation required to thrive when you do what you value. It would be challenging to dig deep and discover the inspiration when you need it if you are working in an industry that bores you because you are not genuinely enthusiastic about what you do.
Always have goals.
They allow you something to aspire for, and including short-term goals means that you can taste victory regularly, offering more motivation to push hard to reach long-term goals.
Everyone is different, but I like to see my goals written down individually, and I like them to be as much in front of my eyes as possible.
On one of the whiteboards in my office, I write down my goals, and they look at me in the face every day.
This daily visualization keeps me motivated, and 100% concentrated. Setting clearly defined goals will help you track your progress and provide consistent encouragement.
Create a system of personal compensation.
It is always best to be rewarded for your hard work, and we can all benefit greatly from introducing a personal compensation program.
It doesn’t have to be extravagant, either, as easy incentives often go a long way, pushing us more demanding.
If all goals are hit for the week, Friday evening office pizza is a perfect way to keep a team focused and working hard. If clear personal performance goals are achieved, you might reward yourself with an early Friday departure from the office.
For larger targets, journeys, vehicles, and material objects can be used, and they can ignite the little bit of extra inspiration required to taste victory.
To see what works best for your venture as well as your team, play with various incentives.
Be extraordinarily positive.
You concentrate on only the good ones while you are consistently confident, which helps you remain motivated and focused on achieving your goals. The moment you start to put pessimistic thoughts into your mind is the moment when a screeching halt will come to your forward momentum.
Will there exist a risk of failure? Of course, but you can’t think that way. Entrepreneurs need to feel like professional athletes. Do you believe that Michael Jordan thought about losing during the NBA finals for a minute? I’m willing to bet that his mind never came to the idea of losing and not bringing Cleveland a title. His emotions were dominated by his optimism, blocking out any opposing arguments.
Stick to the main goal.
Many who take significant risks always succeed, and enormous risks can lead to epic failures. As most successful entrepreneurs have endured loss at one point, there are very few one-hit wonders.
Even if you have failed in the past, dedicate yourself to the ultimate objective and don’t worry about those past defeats or the opportunity to fail again. It can happen, yes, but you can be the next success story, too. You have to stay highly confident at all times, and if you get knocked down, you have to bounce right back up, 100 percent concentrated on your main goal. This points back to the argument above.
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