Staying motivated is probably one of the hardest things for most people to do.
Especially if you are a new entrepreneur just dipping your toes in the water or trying out a few projects here and there.
Running a business requires dedication, motivation, and perseverance to get to the finish line if there even is one.
Sometimes finding the strategies and tactics that actually work take a lot of trial and error until you start seeing results.
This trial and error can get you down and de-motivate you because it usually feels like there are more failures then there are successes.
Rest assured that everyone that has become successful that’s hard to find it in themselves to become motivated passionate and driven towards their goals.
Here are five things that I do to help keep me motivated and on track to attaining my dreams.
1) Goals and purpose
The number one thing that separates successful people from unsuccessful people is goals.
What’s your big hairy audacious goal?
You should have short-term, mid-term and long-term goals to help guide your strategy and your day-to-day tactical work. If they’re the right goals, they can help lift you up when you just need a little motivation to keep going.
2) It’s a marathon, not a sprint
Most overnight successes are 10 years in the making. Don’t get down on yourself for not seeing results faster.
Focus on your goals keep working keep learning keep trying new things to get you towards that goal. Every failure is a learning opportunity to get better.
3) Exercise and downtime
You can’t work all the time.
It’s not healthy and it’s not productive either. Yes, you have to hustle and work hard and do a ton of stuff to reach your goals but having downtime and keeping yourself healthy should be daily activities to do.
Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Get outside. Sweat.
Meditation is another great way to clear your mind and refocus on your goals so you have the strength to persevere when times get tough.
4) Join groups and network
Successful people surround themselves with other successful people.
When you engage in groups and tell people what you are working on, it adds a level of accountability and helps you stay motivated.
Staying motivated requires that you have goals and purpose.
Money can be a good short-term motivator but when you have real goals and meaning behind the work you do you not only will reach them faster but it’s more likely that you’ll reach them at all.
You’re going in the right direction as long as it’s forward.