How to keep yourself motivated in highs and lows of a business
There comes a certain point in your professional life when one faces multiple challenges.
Most often than not, when one is climbing up the corporate ladder, one realises that there is no one to set goals for you anymore, there are no deadlines other than the ones you set for yourself, and no incentives other than your own.
The whole responsibility is yours and one needs to resort to self-motivation at such times. You may also find it hard to balance the host of entrepreneurial responsibilities you have with your personal life.
You may run out of ideas or things may just not be working out the way you want them to.
So, how does an entrepreneur maintain focus on the business while also staying motivated to become a better person and business leader? The answer is simple: It requires time, dedication and practice — just as you would expect from a business.
Here are some things that one needs to do at such times that may help you in your journey towards success:
Set goals that are achievable and Hold yourself Accountable
Goals that one set has to be achievable. Setting the bar too high will only demotivate you if you cannot achieve the same. It is important to ensure that they are realistic and each step you take towards your goal will in turn help in inspiring you to move ahead. This will also help in motivating you.
Apart from setting goals, it is also important to be accountable to yourself. Though you need not answer to anyone else, it is important to be accountable for your actions and what it implies. One has to constantly push oneself to ensure success.
Inspire and get inspired with the people around you
Not everyone can constantly keep themselves motivated. One of the ways to do this is to associate yourself with people who are ambitious and success-oriented. These people inspire everyone around them with their passion and vigour.
This will rub off on you and you can in turn get inspired by them. Ensure that your peer and family motivate you. As the same time, ensure that you also inspire people around you.
By doing this, you ensure that the circle is alive and knowing that what you are doing impacts people looking up to you is in itself a motivating factor.
Reward Yourself and Take Breaks
When a job is done well, make sure that you reward yourself and pat yourself on the back for it as well. Recognition for your hard work is equally important to be motivated and this will further help you in achieving goals in the future.
When you are successful, try and take a break, however short it is. This can even include a short outing with family, a weekend getaway or a longer one, depending on what suits you. This will help in a balanced life and you can recharge your senses as well.
Create a routine and stay focussed
Though many feel that routines are boring and monotonous, there is nothing more productive than routine. Be sure to devote time in your day to ensure that the goals you have set are being worked towards.
The key here is to try and ensure that for every 10 goals you set, at least 2 are personal. They will ensure that your development is whole and you are focused.
In order to ensure that you remain focussed at all times, set reminders where needed. A phone/calendar is a perfect reminder for all of us in this tech age.
It is pertinent to continuously keep oneself updated and gain knowledge. Often, we tend to forget that and focus only on work. Knowledge expansion can also have a positive impact on individuals by making them more confident.
One can also look at learning more about businesses as well as clients. This gives you an upper edge which will convert to more productive work, processes and path.