In a study that was taken on what makes successful entrepreneurs, one of the biggest factors was the ability to remain motivated even during the most difficult periods of time. There are going to be times when you are suffering through lean periods, periods that may even last months or even years, yet you still have to believe that the vision that you had for your business is one you can still attain.
Remaining Motivated Can Be Tough
No one is going to sugarcoat this for you. When times are going difficult, it can be a real challenge to get up every day, believe that you are making the right decisions, and trust that things are going to turn around at some point.
Your motivation to continue what you are doing will be challenged, but that does not mean you have to be crushed under the weight of it. You can trust your instincts, the instincts that you once had when you started this venture, that you are a good entrepreneur and you have what it takes to see yourself thrive. If this is the challenge you are facing, then here are some things to remember to help you to remain motivated.
Write Down Why You Started This Venture – no matter what kind of venture you begin, the fact remains that you started it for a very specific reason. Maybe you hated working for other people. Maybe you thought you deserved more money. Maybe you watched others who were succeeding and thought if they could you sure can. Whatever the reasons, right down and take a good hard look at them. Keep those kinds of things in mind during your lean periods, because they will remind you that the very reasons that you started this business are still in play.
Don’t Let the Initial Excitement Wear-Off – the time when most entrepreneurs will quit their venture is within weeks after they start to develop the idea. What happens is that they take a close look at all that it will take to get their business off the ground and think that there is absolutely no way that they can get it done. They get bogged down in the fine details and feel overwhelmed. This can be a real taxing situation for your motivation. To try to curb this reward yourself with projects that also reinvigorate your passion. If you are going to start a business where you sell figurines you made, then spend some time each day creating those figurines or visiting people who have purchased them from you. This will help to excite you again and get you back on task.
Reward Every Success Like You Won the Gold – when you are in the early stages of developing your business or going through a difficult time, you need to reward yourself like you’ve won the greatest prize of all. The smallest success needs to be rewarded in a big way. This will really help to get you more excited and more motivated.