As an entrepreneur, I personally have met a lot of other home based business owners who work hard and are really motivated at the start of their business. But along the way, they met tough challenges and lose motivation and their business gets put on the back burner.
There are times that they want to give up and just walk away. Do you know why? Lack of motivation! It is one of the most common problems that people experience when running a business.
Lack of motivation will definitely hit at some point or another but you have to decide to push through it. When this happens, you have to face it head on and make a decision on where you choose to go. Fortunately I have learned and worked through this, time and time again. Let me share some of my tips to help you push through the lack of motivation!
Set Achievable Goals
It is a common problem with most entrepreneurs to set unrealistically high goals at the start of their business and then when they don’t hit a goal, automatically get discouraged and want to quit. You could always say I want to make $100,000 in my first month of business, but if you are going at a snail’s pace or if you aren’t working it, be honest with yourself and don’t set yourself up for failure.
Creating a goal that works for you by taking in all factors with time, family life, work and what you can give will help you to realize what you can do and what you can achieve.
Remember Your Why
You started your business for a reason. Maybe you wanted to help people, maybe you wanted more freedom, maybe you wanted to teach others but no matter what your reason is, you have one and that is what you need to focus on.
Remembering my why, my reason for wanting to help others be successful and build their own business usually gets me back on track. You should write your why down and put it on your computer or your fridge, it will help you bring it back to focus when you are thinking about it the least. It could even be beneficial to set an alarm clock in your phone so you can get that alert to remind you of what you want to create for others.
Listen or Read Motivational Books
I could give a list a mile long. There are so many, but start listening to some and then re-listen to the ones that get your juices flowing. My favorites include Beach Money and anything John Maxwell or Zig Ziglar.
Organize Your Workspace
If your desk is a mess you are too. Take some time to organize your work environment so that you can focus on what needs to be done.
Sometimes things can get overwhelming so giving up is easier. Make lists and priorities things. Being able to check things off of a list can do wonders for your sense of accomplishment, which can help your level of motivation.
Relax And Unwind
Oh yes, this is opposite of what everyone else will tell you but sometimes you put yourself in overdrive and you are running yourself into the ground. How effective can you be at motivating yourself and your team if you are drained? Not very effective at all. Sometimes you just need to take 24 or 48 hours to allow yourself to just be and imagine how refreshed and replenished you will be when you come back from a no work break? I bet you’ll feel pretty awesome and less stressed!