When starting out as a small-time entrepreneur, your motivation and will power are sorely tested. There will be days when you wonder why you started it in the first place and will want to give it all up. Here’s how to inject a little positivity into those days.
1. Keep your vision in sight.
You started this for a reason. Remember how excited you used to be at the beginning? Never lose that fire and that passion, by constantly reminding yourself of why you got into this in the first place.
2. Know that you will encounter setbacks.
Being prepared for the worst, helps cushion you against the crushing pain of failure. When you know that failing is an inevitable part of success, and are prepared for setbacks, they won’t hold you back.
3. Keep loved ones around.
When you are disheartened and in danger of giving up, your loved ones will keep you motivated and keep your spirits high. Never underestimate the power of those who love you.
4. Take constant breaks.
Nothing is a motivation-killer like exhaustion is. Taking regular breaks will keep you fresh, recharged and ready to take on new challenges.
5. Celebrate every milestone.
No matter how small, every victory is well-earned and deserves a celebration. Don’t say that it is too small; it does not matter. Every little bit counts.
6. Enjoy what you do.
This goes without saying. If you don’t take pride and joy in your work, you shouldn’t be an entrepreneur anyway.
7. Create schedules, not deadlines.
Instead of putting pressure on yourself to have achieved something by a certain date, create a schedule to do it. And stick to it.
10. Sort out your priorities.
Sometimes you have to let go off the less important things in life to make time for what really counts. Know what is important to you and what isn’t.
9. Know why you’re doing this.
If you never lose track of your vision, and what drives to, you can’t lose your motivation easily. You are sure to succeed.
10. Tell yourself everyday that you are awesome.
Sometimes, in all the buzz, we tend to forget to appreciate ourselves. If no one is around to pat you on the back, do it yourself! As a solopreneur, even what little you have accomplished is praise-worthy and significant. Never forget that.
When you feel down and low, remember you are not alone. The livelihood of so many people depends on you. And whether or not your business makes big bucks, it makes a big difference in the lives of your employees.