As an entrepreneur, what keeps you motivated when the going gets tough?
What keeps you going when, despite your efforts, the results are not in sight yet? How do you stay driven, energized, and inspired despite all the challenges and uncertainties of running your own business?
Enthusiasm . focus . maintain the good attitude and the attitude . avoid the negative
In my experience I remember what Dale Carnegie said wisely, "inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
1st I ensure I surround myself with friends that are only positive and supportive. bad enough what my brain is doing to me I don't need others to drive me any more nuts then I am lol.
2nd I mediate a lot, might sound corny, but after a long day and little wine/beer and meditation can help clear your mind.
3rd I remember all of the other bad times I had in my life and how I made it through those tough times.
4th. did I mention wine and beer lol
No matter what, you need to remember this, you are a success no matter what happens. So many people hope and dream, but never do.
We, the few small business owners, that stick out our necks and strive for success dare to dream and do.
You are a winner no matter what the outcome of the day brings, just because you did something to change your future and not wait for someone else to.
All the best Auggie
I wrote about this recently. There are so many different motivators and they work for different people in different ways. http://projectbubble.com/blog/whats-the-secret-to-being-an-entrepreneur
Any true entrepreneur will tell you that their journey is not an easy one. We all go through doubts, money challenges, questioning if we should continue or just close the doors, working with great people or working with people who make you question why.
You have to find out what's your pass-ion and your massive WHY, meaning why are you an entrepreneur versus being an employee.
F.E.A.R.'s (False Evidence Appearing Real) will always come up but they are an illusion to test your resolve. To make sure you are on track, you are willing to push forward and if you are smart enough to be dynamic. To change with as your business needs you to change.
Being an real entrepreneur is a amazing accomplishment and that is why not many people can truly do it.
Remember to do these 2 things
1) Do not emotional estimate your business, test everything to measurable results. Then change to make sure you get results.
2) Spend 80% of your time doing the things that grow your business and make you happy. Out source and/or leave the rest
Let me know if you have any questions
I can answer that question for you in one word...FREEDOM!
What ever meaning you want to put to it, the answer is always the same.
Every Entrepreneur should have a great Library; in your Library makesure have Napoleon Hill's: Think and Grow Rich. This is MUST READ for anyone traveling the Entrepreneurial road. I have an e-book version I will share if you contact me.
Make it a great day!
'the Marketing Coach"
I think it's very similar to training for a Tri-athalon. The number of hours of practicing core skills like swimming, running and biking can be extremely boring when your alone, tired, hungry and physically beat up some days. I've come to realize over time that this practicing week after week is the real game that helps me stays active, sharp and prepares me mentally for the unexpected when I finally get to compete, which I find rewarding. In my business, the practicing part are the number of hours of research, networking , conferences, webinars, etc...The practicing part doesn't necessarily pay me, but it keeps me active in the conversation, sharp, prepared mentally and motivated for the fun opportunity to finally meet with a client and help their business grow financially and find new opportunities in their industry. Staying with it when things get tough is part of the journey, for me staying active or being in action in the "practicing" has always got me through those rough patches.
Maintaining motivation requires balance - taking breaks from work to walk and clear your head, or listening to music that inspires and distracts you are good habits to develop...and frequently I find that I've come up with new ideas during these intermissions - which are energizing...