Running a business is not easy. If you are in the position of running your own business, you will probably relate to me here. One of hardest things can be keeping yourself motivated.
There are many pressures and demands when running your own business; whether it’s keeping up with orders and emails, issues within the team, client complaints, financial pressures, keeping everyone else motivated, the list goes on, and in the position of a business owner, you do not have anyone to guide you. No one telling you that you’re doing a good job. That these are the areas you could improve. At the end of the day, if something goes wrong, it falls on your shoulders. That can feel a heavy load to deal with, and you can’t just easily go and get a new job.
Don’t get me wrong, there are also so many pluses to owning your own business. I have been a business owner now for over 8 years and I wouldn’t still be here if I didn’t love it.
You have the freedom to chose your own hours, to support and inspire other individuals, generally it’s something you have a passion for, you grow as an individual, and it can be amazing to also see your business grow and to be able to step back and look at what you’ve achieved.
I have had my ups and downs within my time as a business owner. I believe it’s only natural, we’re all human after all. So I thought I’d take a moment to post my top tips for keeping motivated.
So, how do we stay motivated or bring that motivation back?
How do we get back on track and stay on track?
- I think it’s important in business to surround yourself with other business owners, especially ones who have a similar outlook to you. I am blessed to have many around me who I could call on to bounce ideas off, and to give me a simple boost when I need it. Join Facebook groups in your area or industry, attend business events and seminars, and you’ll find more business connections.
- Write out a to do list. Pick some of the tasks on there that you have been avoiding, the more challenging things, and get those ones done first. You feel a sense of relief by just getting some of those out the way and your mind will feel a little clearer.
- Give yourself a little time out. It’s so helpful to just give yourself time away from it all to reflect. Do something refreshing or something you enjoy that will take your mind away from work. Perhaps a craft making class or even just going for a country walk followed by a nice soak in the bath. It’s good to keep a healthy work/life balance to ensure you can stay on track. Why not try a little meditation? The app ‘Headspace’ is a good place to start. Spend time with loved ones. They are there to support you and give you the time out you need. It’s also good to make time for regular exercise.
- Declutter. It can be hard to concentrate in untidy environments. Occasionally if my office or home needs a little sort out, I find my focus on work is not so good. Take a moment to have just a little sort out before you get back to it.
- It can be motivating and inspiring to read business and personal development books. Try and give some regular time for reading. A few books I can recommend? ‘The Virgin Way’ Richard Branson, ‘FISH!’ Stephen C Lundin, ‘Somebody Should’ve Told Us’ Jack Pransky, ‘Get Sh*t Done’ Niall Harbison. I find reading really does keep me motivated and on track, even just a little every now and again for a boost will help.
- Visions and plans. Have a think about what you’d like to achieve, where you’d like to be, how you’d like your business to be. Whether this be making a plan in a notebook, or a vision board with pictures, inspire yourself and remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing and where you’d like to be. Keep it where you can see it. The book ‘Soul of Leadership’ by Deepak Chopra, has some great questions in it to help, if this is new to you.
- Take a look at what you’ve achieved so far. Appreciate how much you’ve done and how far you’ve come already.
- Catch up with your team. Perhaps have individual meetings with your team. See where they’re at, what they would like to achieve and how they feel they’re doing. It can be a great reward to see the passion they have for what you’re doing, it is also a great feeling to see you’ve inspired and appreciated them, and remind you of your support within the business.
- Get the help of a business coach. Some of the greatest and most successful people have had or used business coaches in their time. It can be ideal to bounce ideas off someone else with experience. Make sure you find someone who you can relate to and you find interesting and inspiring.
I hope this helps you as a business owner, and gives you some ideas to boost your personal motivation. If you have any questions or other suggestions you’d like to add then feel free to contact me or comment below.