Owning a business and running it successfully is hard work. If you’ve just started your own business or have been running one for quite some time, you probably know by now that staying motivated to continue is tough as well.
But being motivated to run your business is essential if you want to succeed! If you find yourself running out of patience and wondering what prompted you to venture into entrepreneurship, help is at hand.
Read on for some tips that can keep you motivated:
1. Money isn’t everything
Yes, you need money to get your business up and running, but money isn’t everything! Most importantly, you need to have clear goals and a strong desire to succeed. You also need to be focused and determined to take your business to new heights.
At the same time, accumulating as much wealth as possible doesn’t always translate into success. Note that money will motivate you to an extent but it will cease to be important once your basic needs are met. So ascertain what your minimum needs are and concentrate on building a sustainable business.
In the end, you will be more driven by challenges than the urge to make more money!
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. – Winston Churchill
2. Imagine good things
More often than not, what you imagine can transform into reality. So whenever you’re faced with a tough situation, avoid negative thoughts and think of the best that can happen to you.
Be positive and distance yourself from negativity. Instead of saying ‘I can’t’, develop a can-do attitude. Think of problems as an opportunity or a challenge and your subconscious will automatically work on positive solutions.
3. Don’t turn away from reality
Note that there’s a difference between fantasizing and thinking positive. When you set unrealistic expectations, focusing on the positive can actually become self-destructive.
Further, stop pretending that everything is fine. Turning a blind eye to the problems in your business or seeing things with rose-colored glasses on won’t help you. Be truthful to yourself and realistic in tough times instead of simply assuming that things will get better.
This doesn’t mean that you doubt your abilities or lose hope; acknowledging reality no matter how harsh it is will only help you find the best solution.
4. Take positive action
Just thinking in the right direction or being positive isn’t enough; you also have to take positive action. For example, if you say to yourself that you’ll concentrate on driving safely but refuse to put on your seatbelt, your positive thinking won’t be of any use.
Always put-in adequate efforts to succeed, never underestimate the importance of hard work, and anticipate obstacles that you’re likely to face. Additionally, remember to maintain a positive attitude even when you don’t see the desired outcome.
5. Grab opportunities
You never know which opportunity will work in your favor. Perhaps the opportunity you’re trying to pass up because you’re overestimating your importance can help your business immensely. So don’t be embarrassed by the opportunities that come your way; grab them with both hands and focus on giving your best shot every time.
Don’t wait for an opportunity to come your way! What if an opportunity never comes by? A good opportunity might be right in front of your eyes and you might not be able to see it.
Being open-minded and calm, and visualizing your goals will help you be aware of opportunities. Changing your mindset will also help you conceive new ideas and create opportunities where there are none.
6. Hold yourself accountable
For your successes as well as failures! A lot of people crave the independence that entrepreneurship provides but few are willing to acknowledge that owning a business means being accountable for each and everything.
As an entrepreneur, you will be responsible for all the decisions you make; blaming your subordinates won’t be an option. Take the blame for failures but don’t dwell a lot on them and always rejoice when you taste success!
7. Count your blessings
When things don’t work out the way you want them to, it’s easy to be upset. Counting your blessings in times of distress and expressing gratitude for the smallest of things can bring a smile to your face.
Consider how your last job was and how far you’ve come, be thankful for the food you eat, the roof over your head, and the car you drive, and think of your family and the love you share. There’s definitely a lot in your life to be happy about than sulk over business losses or failures.
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done”. – Bruce Lee
8. Stay inspired
There will be times when you’ll ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. Answer the question! Think of why you started your business and where you want to go.
Perhaps you had enough of your last job, wanted to earn more money so you could give the best to your kids, or wanted to make this world a better place. Whatever your reasons for starting your business, think of them and you’re sure to rediscover your inspiration.
Do take regular breaks and reward yourself for your achievements; no matter how small they are. Stay in touch with positive people and spend time with your family and loved ones. Also write a mission statement for your business, have it framed, and hang it where you can see it daily.
Staying motivated shouldn’t be a problem now that you’ve read the tips given here. Do the right things and you and your business are sure to succeed!
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The Guide to Staying Motivated While Working Alone
Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.
When you start working for yourself, you quickly realise that one of the biggest problems you face isn’t the job itself. Maintaining your motivation poses a potentially huge difficulty. Much of that difficulty stems from working alone, rather than in a traditional office setting. There is also the challenge of staying focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract or cat videos interrupt you.
But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.
Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.
These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.
1. Include short breaks
My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.
2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking
Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.
3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule
A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!
These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!
This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!
2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery
When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.
3. Love what you do
This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.
These last few tips are Industry-related!
1. Make sure you have fun projects
Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.
2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year
Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.
3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry
View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.
These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!
7 Ways Yoga Effectively Motivates You to Achieve Success
Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.
Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.
Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.
I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.
Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.
Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:
1. It Solves Your Problem
When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.
2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress
Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety.
Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.
“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale
3. Increase Your Focus
Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate.
Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing, and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.
Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential.
If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.
5. It Boosts Your Health
Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments.
Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.
“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra
6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present
Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations.
Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.
7. Stay Aware and Positive
A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally, it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self.
Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.
To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.
Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!
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