Being an entrepreneur is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be equally as exhausting. There is immense pride to take in building your own brand from the ground up, nurturing it to foster a successful, profitable business. However, it’s not as easy as snapping your fingers or getting incorporated to get the money to start rolling it. It takes elbow grease, love, and a great amount of patience in order to stay motivated, regardless of the industry you’re in. Here are 10 Ways to keep yourself motivated as an entrepreneur.
1. Be Patient
Rome wasn’t built in a day, long lasting success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes weeks, months, even years to muddle through the process of getting your business off the ground, running, and generating enough revenue to break even – let alone, live comfortably off of it.
Don’t let this discourage you. Kick your feet up and enjoy the ride. It will be worth it once you make it to the other side.
2. Set Small Goals Along the Way
By setting small goals along the way, it makes much bigger feats seem much more tangible. The jolt of motivation that surges from achieving your small goals will keep you patient and on track. Writing your goals down really cements this idea, as it gives you physical documentation of your success. Something to reflect upon throughout your journey that may be able to give you a shove when the going gets tough; it’s almost like a way of assuring yourself by saying, “Hey, if I can accomplish all this, why should I let anything else hold me back?”
It doesn’t matter how small the goals are, or how minimal someone else may see them as. After all, you have to crawl before you learn how to walk, and take baby steps before learning to sprint.
3. Connect With Other Entrepreneurs
When you connect with other entrepreneurs, you will gain an invaluable perspective through their shared, firsthand experiences. Having a network of entrepreneurs gives you a platform to connect with others, celebrate together as you achieve your small goals, and pick each other pack up when plans don’t always pan out as they should have.
Connecting with other entrepreneurs is inspiring. Together, you can exchange tips on what strategies work, and what don’t.
4. Read Success Stories
Just like connecting with entrepreneurs, reading success stories gives you a glimpse into the industry and lifestyle from someone who’s lived through it. You will quickly come to see that the road to success isn’t a direct route; there are curves, bumps, potholes, and detours to backroads. Sometimes it takes longer to reach your final destination, but that’s okay. It isn’t a race.
Reading other success stories is inspiring. Next time you’re out, pick up a book or two written by another seasoned entrepreneur. You could also watch documentaries or movies about entrepreneurs.
5. Create Your Own Routine
One of the greatest perks of being your own boss is the ability to work at your own pace, right? Don’t let this opportunity go to waste. Develop a daily schedule that tailors to your needs and lifestyle.
If you can’t commit to a set schedule every day, try creating a daily checklist of goals and to-dos. It’s okay if you don’t get around to all of them. So long as you check something off, it means you set time aside that day to work on your business.
6. Remember to Take a Break
On the other hand, being your own boss can lead to severely overworking yourself because there isn’t anyone standing over your shoulder to tell you when to take a break.
As tempting as it is to spend night after night sleepless, working your fingers to the bone over your next big project, don’t. Give yourself a break. It will refresh your mind, spirit, and effectively save you from yourself.
Please, put the phone down and step away from the computer. Don’t burn yourself out.
7. Keep Track of Your Success
In addition to setting small goals along the way, you should keep track of your success that is bigger, brighter, and bolder than a list on your desk or nightstand. Create a poster or pick up a cork board where you can display what you’ve achieved.
Hang the poster or cork board somewhere you will see it. Perhaps in your office or bedroom. Preferably somewhere easy for you to look up and draw inspiration from when you need to most.
8. Remember to Take Care of Yourself
Growing a business is a lot like having a child. You pour all of your time, money, and energy into raising this beautiful thing, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of sacrificing yourself.
Stay hydrated, get some exercise, and remember to get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Your brain, your body, and your brand will thank you. It’s preposterous to expect your business to thrive if you’re hardly taking care of yourself enough to survive. The most successful businesses weren’t built sleep deprived and hungry.
9. Reward Yourself Along the Way
It’s important to reward yourself along the way, because there’s no one else there to do it for you. Sure, family and friends can offer words of encouragement, hugs, and praises as you achieve your goals, but they’re you’re loved ones. They’re there to support you, no matter what. That doesn’t make it any less meaningful or appreciated, but you already know they’re there for you. The love almost feels biased.
Reward yourself along your journey as an entrepreneur. Treat yourself to a new pair of shoes, that watch you’ve always wanted, or a nice meal with your first self-administered paycheck.
Give yourself a pat on the back – you’ve earned it.
10. Stay Positive
It may seem easier said than done, but once you get in the habit of staying positive it becomes like breathing.
There is no need to demotivate and torture yourself over small hiccups. Instead, learn from the experience and move on. Stay focused on what’s ahead, whether it’s achieving your next goal or another milestone in creating a business.
Yes, while it make take a little additional effort to get into that mindset, a little optimism goes a long way.
For as rewarding as entrepreneurship is, it is also exhausting and all-consuming. By being patient, setting small goals, connecting with others, and remembering to take care of yourself, you can stay driven and motivated.