Running a business can be very draining, both physically and mentally. Be it a local grocery store or an online blog, sometimes the work can feel overwhelming and without a direction. Therefore it is important to have motivational tools at your disposal to keep you working hard and in the right direction when things get hard! Use these 4 methods to help reach your next goal.
- Routine – Many of the most successful entrepreneurs swear by a detailed daily routine. While you don’t need to have an hour-by-hour schedule that you must stick to religiously, it can help to form daily habits and build into a routine that can benefit you as well as your business. For example, you should put aside time every single day to check and respond to emails, comments, work on social media etc. More personal habits that will benefit you include regular exercise, getting up and going to bed at the same time everyday and reading. These will all have a great positive effect on your mental health and make you much more energised.
- Roadmap – You probably have a plan in your head about how you want your business to move forward, include some rough numbers and goals. You should turn this into a visualisation. Draw up a flowchart including where you are now and the steps between here and where you want to be. Viewing this roadmap and your goals daily will subconsciously motivate you to work towards your goals in all aspects of your life, so stick it somewhere you can see it!
- Daily Growth – Go to bed everyday better and smarter than the day before. Grow yourself and your business every single day. Try to read regularly – this keeps your brain active and will be a source of ideas. Regular exercise will make you both mentally and physically healthier. Many of silicon valley’s finest meditate. This will help you clear your mind and focus on your daily tasks. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals. You will push each-other forward! Idolise those who have achieved success and strive to be like them.
- Incentivise – Give yourself incentives to work. Reward yourself when you reach goals. It doesn’t have to be big – finish that paragraph; reward yourself with a coffee break. Teaching self-discipline this way is a great habit for life, it will subconsciously push you to earn the things you want in life. Constantly remind yourself of the alternative – the dreaded 9-5! Remember your original inspiration and rediscover it. Try reading some articles about successful people in your field – this should reignite your fire!