When entrepreneurs make the daring transition from a corporate employee to business owner, one of the first problems they face is the lack of a person or group of people to establish goals, deadlines, and incentives for them. The task of self-motivation takes over the role of inspiration.
This can be difficult for many, especially when the entrepreneur’s expertise is limited and he or she is preoccupied with working on the business rather than in it. Any lack of self-discipline and organization can have an impact on personal growth and family life, which are frequently put on hold.
So, how does an entrepreneur keep his or her concentration on the business while simultaneously striving to improve as a person and a business leader? The solution is straightforward: It takes time, attention, and practice, just like a company.
Here are ten methods to stay motivated and strive toward your professional and personal objectives.
1. Create a personal purpose statement for yourself.
Every company has or should have a mission or vision statement that explains the company’s overall aims, culture, and underlying basic values. It is largely used to guide the organization’s direction and encourage stakeholders. Every entrepreneur should create his or her own personal mission statement for the same reasons.
Write out your mission statement, take it with you, recite it aloud, memorize it, and tattoo it on your forearm (the latter for the extreme entrepreneurs only). It should serve as a regular reminder of your motivation for starting your own business.
2. Make a strategy
A mission statement is pointless without a plan to carry it out, just as it is in business. You, too, should create and write down a personal and professional strategy that includes both short- and long-term objectives. Because this strategy is dynamic and will vary as your personal and professional circumstances change, it will not and should not be written down and framed. The goal is for you to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve individually and how you plan to do it.
3. Establish a daily regimen
It’s all about getting started when it comes to getting yourself inspired. As a result, you should begin each day with a wonderful morning routine that will assist your mind and body stay alert, focused, and ready to form new habits. Every morning, as part of your routine, spend time evaluating and revising your plan, or what John Meyer calls your 8 for the Day routine.
4. Schedule some time for yourself.
Because entrepreneurs are prone to get entirely consumed by their work, it is critical to schedule personal time during the day. Allow yourself the freedom to go for a stroll, reflect and meditate, or even exercise at this time. Take advantage of this time to eat healthily and drink enough of water, two important habits that will help you stay focused.
5. Make a to-do list and set reminders
Even with a plan, sticking to a routine might be challenging. As a result, make it a habit to set reminders for the critical tasks and daily goals you’ve set throughout the day. Use a low-volume alarm to remind yourself to keep focused on the task at hand. For some of us, an alarm that says “Get off Facebook and return to work” would be ideal.
Time blocking, or the process of scheduling defined durations of time in your calendar for specific work, projects, or tasks, can also help you stay on track. Do you require any additional assistance? For the diehard entrepreneur, consider these unique motivational and productivity apps.
6. Decide on prizes.
Because we are programmed to respond to incentives, be ready to reward yourself for achieving a goal or sticking to a habit. Small triumphs along the route to long-term, wider goals should be recognized and rewarded, just as they should be in business.
Consider a clock that counts down your remaining life and reminds you to make the most of the time you have left if you need more motivation.
7. Involve your buddies.
Peer pressure can sometimes be the most effective motivator. Encourage your friends and coworkers to help you achieve both individual and group goals. Consider using smartphone apps like Make Me, ChallengedApp, or KlashApp to make the engagement more enjoyable, or simply text your challenge to your partner.
8. Engage in activities that inspire you
Sometimes you just need to look for inspiration outside of your immediate circle. When this happens, re-watch a film that inspired you. Watch a TED talk during your lunch break. Alternatively, listen to an inspirational podcast on your commute, daily stroll, or when you have some alone time.
9. Maintain an optimistic attitude
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to what makes individuals happy, and there are a plethora of definitions, theories, and viewpoints. When I’m feeling down, I repeat a simple phrase to myself. “Choose happiness,” it simply says. Saying that statement and feigning a real smile elevates my mood and motivation by a factor of ten.
10. Get some rest
Finally, the importance of a good night’s sleep for personal motivation can never be underestimated. With few exceptions, I’ve discovered that no incomplete activity or missed objective is worth the pain that comes with losing sleep over it, based on years of experience and self-experimentation. More importantly, with a good night’s sleep, these chores and goals will be much easier to complete the next day.