When you first start your business, you are driven by the passion to make it all that it can be and so much more. Nothing was too much, nothing was limited, and you were reaching for the stars. Fast forward to a few years later, dealing with all the daily tribulations has taken its toll and brought a lull into the determination to succeed that made burning the midnight oil a breeze not long ago. These days with emails, mobiles, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc you can feel pulled in all directions away from your true passion for your business.
How do you keep your drive in high gear? Here are 5 tips to help you reignite your fire to get motivated and keep building your business:
- What’s your ‘Why’?
It’s easy to get caught up in the more trivial day-to-day things. The easiest way to break out of that is to remember your ‘why’. What brought you here? What attracted you to doing what you do? Get the strength to face those daily challenges that can suck out your passion by remembering why you decided to start your business in the first place. Focus on your achievements, how you got this far, the role your establishment plays in the community, and continue to push forward. Set some short-term goals and get some early wins.
- Get Physical
One of the quickest ways to turn around your lack of motivation is to get moving. Feeling down, over worked, lacking energy? Making time for physical activity can provide the clarity for you to refocus. Use the time to totally disconnect and focus on using what you have and learning new skills. You will be amazed at how attaining small physical improvements translates into attitude and motivation improvements.
- Share your Experience
Sharing your expertise is a great way to feel good about what you do and get the fire within. The respect you will get from sharing your know-how freely and willingly with others can be a major ego-booster - can challenge you to continue to be the ‘go-to’ expert in your field. This could be particularly rewarding if you mentor up and comers in your industry, share with them the challenges of business and solutions that can be created. You will be surprised at how hearing your own story, in your own voice, will remind you about how far you’ve come.
- Plan for the future
It’s good to review past results but to stay passionate about what you do you also need to look forward and set clear obtainable goals that you can focus on. Dream a little, dare to think big, you’ll be surprised where it might take you. Write down your goals, keep them visible and cross them off when achieved. The more successful you feel the more motivated you will be.
- You are the Boss
Literally and figuratively – don’t forget who is in control! Yes, day-to-day pressure and routines can put a damper on your mojo, but remember, your attitude is within your control. If your routines are boring you, it’s time to shake things up. Make some changes about how, when and where you do things, and spend some quality time with your clients, it will really change your perspective on things.
Hanrick Curran has over 30 years in helping business owners reach their goals. For assistance reviewing your business goals, setting meaningful KPI’s and keeping your drive in high gear please contact your usual Hanrick Curran advisor or alternatively, Matthew Beasley or Robert Pitt on 07 3218 3900.
Please note that this publication is intended to provide a general summary and should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal advice.