If you are running your own business and are a devoted entrepreneur, then you might feel overwhelmed sometimes. Being at the top of the game is not easy, but remember, it was not easy getting there either.
Working-out, setting up a to-do list and resolving issues one-by-one, staying positive and being around inspiring people is what we do when in need of a motivational boost. But, what do we do to keep our motivation high in business?
The first step is asking yourself these questions:
- Do I wish for my business to be at its peak all the time?
- How to get the most out of myself, my work, my employees, my customers?
- Is there a way to keep my motivation high all the time?
Just by asking, you will get focus, vision and clarity, but, if you proceed to giving an answer, you are preparing yourself to act, which is nothing else than motivation in action.
For the second step, try following these tips and you might start seeing them as commandments for keeping your motivation where it should be – high and in your service.
1. Set goals and be determined to reach them; elaborate strategies, plan actions, involve the number of people needed and means that will aid in accomplishing those goals. Make sure your goals are realistic and that your resources cover them. Give yourself an opportunity to come back to them, to reevaluate, regroup, or make them simpler, follow Bill Simpson’s, President & CEO of Life Document Storage, LLC, recipe: “If I ever hit a really big bump in the road and things get really tough, I just take 5 minutes to again visualize reaching that goal and continue to move forward.”
2. See communication as a jewel of your success; communication will give you insight into what your customers want and need. It will show you how innovative and resourceful your co-workers and employees are. Make the most out of it by using software, such as TallyFox, which will enable connection with your customers, collaboration of your team, enhance involvement of the employees and make your business community stronger by showing everyone that they are important, that their ideas count and they are invaluable to you and your business.
3. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
Whether it comes to projects, goals, errands or your private affairs; you need to make and have priorities. Be objective when setting up deadlines, be considerate to everyone involved in the process and be flexible when it comes to you. If you come to a point where you are stuck or lost just reevaluate, go back to your priorities’ organization chart/list/folder and make a new strategy, new approach and a new ground for you to be successful. Use Stephen Covey’s, David Allen’s or Brian Tracy’s methods of prioritizing. Each of these methods can help you with priorities regarding your personal and business life.
4. Plan and act on it. Michael Provitera, President of Motivational Leadership Training, advises to plan the day the evening before the next day; while the Sunday night is for planning the week and New Year’s Eve is for planning the whole next year. However, planning is only part of the work done, you must act on your plans, make them happen. Benjamin Franklin said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Also, he would start his day with a question: “What good shall I do today?” You can start your day with a modified question: “What will I do today?” and end it with another question: “What did I do today?” In this way, you can wake up with a prepared plan of action, keep track of your day’s successes and motivate yourself for tomorrow.
5. Reward and make note even of the smallest successes. Offer incentives and motivational bonuses. Nevertheless, do not make all your rewards monetary. Not all of your employees will find motivation in a bonus. Get to know them and find out if they would appreciate more a time off, improved working conditions or a chance for a promotion.
When it comes to you personally, what is that thing that keeps you going? Is it having control over your day, work, being your own boss, contributing to the community or just seeing your efforts pay off. Whatever that is, make note of it, keep track of it and you will feel your motivation growing.
6. “Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.”- Kevin Eubanks.
Stay inspired and inspire others. If you hit a wall or experience blockage, turn to your co-workers, exchange experiences, brainstorm solutions, read about other people’s success stories and their biographies so as to find things you have in common and apply their techniques to your business situation. Feeling the fighting, entrepreneurial spirit of people like you will give you a motivating and inspirational force to keep going, to be better and to succeed.
As much as your business is unique, your motivational triggers are unique, too. See these tips as foundation to build upon your focus and success. Use them when you need to find that inner drive that made you start the business in the first place. In the end, if it comes to that that none of it works, apply this one:
“When nothing goes right, change focus.”
There is always more and you can reach it.
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