The entrepreneurial journey can be a lonely one; you are surrounded by people with the thoughts of failure being something to constantly avoid, and by people who don’t take risks. Staying motivated through tough times can be difficult, and you, like many other aspiring entrepreneurs will feel at times like quitting, and rethinking your goals and journey and whether it will all be worth it.
Falling prey to these doubtful thoughts however can be quite damaging. It is only natural to feel fearful and flat when things don’t pan out the way you expect them to. What matters however, is knowing what to do to pick yourself up when feeling like you’ve crashed.
The five tips below can help clear your thoughts when you’re feeling this way. Put them into practice, and watch things slowly start moving forward again!
Now I’m not talking fingers touching, legs crossed saying Kumbaya here. I’m talking about doing an activity either day or night to clear the mind. Your doubts, fears and all that stress is built up gradually from conflicting thoughts, and harnessing and holding onto them will further lead you down a track of disarray. Put some allocated time aside on a daily basis, and simply clear your mind from any of those thoughts. Once composed, revisit the issues and strategically look at your options, and how to move forward.
Exercise is crucial to stay motivated as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship requires long days and nights, plenty of stressful work and putting yourself in situations where you’ll feel like you need a well-deserved break. To touch off, how motivated are you going to feel if you forget about your body, and look in the mirror realizing you’ve made a bit of extra money or achieved some goals, but you’ve put on an extra 15 pounds!
Exercise is important because you’ll release endorphin’s, it’ll give you time away to take a break yet still be doing something constructive, and stay healthy and fit to actually enjoy the fruits of your hard labor.
3. Appreciate the journey
In order to be successful in this game we call entrepreneurship, you need to firstly change one crucial thing; it’s called your perspective. Your journey may be filled with curve balls and uncertainties, however one thing you can definitely expect is that things won’t always go as planned, and there will be failures.
Now most people are too afraid to risk anything, due to their perspective on the meaning of failure. For them failure is bad, and associated with hurt, pain or loss. The fact is however, to be successful in anything at all, you need to go through a trial and error process. You need to try, and fail – over and over again.
Once your perspective is changed and you now see failure as a learning process rather than something you want to avoid, you’ll start to not only take more calculated risks, but also start to learn from each of these opportunities. As you learn and tweak your game plan each time, you’ll be stepping closer and closer towards achieving your overall goals.
Before you can know what you’re striving for, you need to be exactly specific on what it is you want to achieve. It’s no good saying ‘I want to be happy’ or ‘I want to be rich’. You need to change your questions so that they’re a SMART GOAL – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound. What does happy mean for you? How much money equates to rich?
Once you’re clear on those goals, close your eyes and visualize it. Really take yourself there. What does it feel like inside? What can you smell while you’re there? Who’s there with you? What are you wearing? Really take yourself to that place, and cement that image into your mind. Whenever you’re feeling down, remember those imprinted thoughts.
5. Don’t stop learning
For me personally, I think this is one of if not the most crucial step to stay motivated. You should endeavour to learn more every day. Only 10 minutes of reading per day on a topic will equal 70 minutes per week – 280 minutes per month and 56 hours a year! Think about how much you can learn in that time? Obviously the more you read, the more you’ll learn and the more confident you’ll become.
Also use your time wisely. Whenever I drive, if I’m alone I personally refuse to go anywhere without listening to audio books. Books on sales, marketing, psychology, business, leadership, influence, the list goes on. I drive at least an hour minimum a day – when you do the math; you can realize how much you can potentially learn.
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