Staying Committed and Motivated
Staying committed and motivated is one of the biggest challenges you will face in entrepreneurship. The truth is, it is hard, if not impossible, to be motivated every single day. There is a reason most Entrepreneurs call the early stages of building a business, “the grind”. There is no one pushing you to succeed. No one tapping their foot if you show up late. No one chewing you out or threatening you if you fail. It’s all on you. Motivation in and of itself is great, but you simply can’t rely on it every single day. So, here are some tips on staying committed and motivated through self discipline.
1. Set Goals: Daily goals.
It is a given that you need clear defined goals. See my post on setting goals here. What is just as important as a large goal, is to make sure you have daily goals. By setting deadlines to your larger goals, it makes it easier to break that deadline down into Months, weeks, and days. Having that daily goal in front of you will help you stay focused on the task at hand.
2. Listen to motivational speakers.
There are tons of motivational speakers out there such as Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Grant Cardone, Darren Hardy, and Zig Ziglar. This is just to name a few. Taking time in the morning to pump some motivation into your brain, will help set the pace for the entire day. I have a ton of books and Audible versions of these books, plus programs offered by the masters. For miscellaneous books on personal growth and development see my link here. Having that daily push is one of the keys to staying committed and motivated. Especially in the early stages.
3. Do the thing you don’t want to do first.
In Brian Tracy’s book “Eat that Frog“, it is all about doing the least favorite or most difficult task first. Once it is done, you will get that feeling of accomplishment. Do this repeatedly enough, and it will become a habit. Darren Hardy also touches on this in his book “The Compound Effect“. When staying committed and motivated is the toughest, discipline will carry you through.
4. Rinse and Repeat: Create good habits.
Creating good habits take time, but is absolutely a necessity stay motivated. Habits have the power to automate our responses to create that momentum needed to get us through the grind. In the book “The Power of Habit“, the author talks at length about how our behaviors are driven by habit, and if the habit goes deep enough, it can become and obsession or addiction. Habits can work for you or against you. What habits should we develop? Well, I suggest checking out “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Stephen Covey goes deep into which habits will give you the most bang for the buck, and why.
5. Reward yourself.
When you are putting in the 80-100 hours a week working your tail off on building a business, it will be important to reward yourself. Some would say, the reward is when the money comes rolling in. however the truth is, depending on what you are doing, and the resources you have at your disposal, it may take a long time before you start to see any money at all. So, find other things that you can reward yourself with each time you accomplish your set goals. They don’t need to be financial. It could be as simple as taking time to mingle with friends you’ve been neglecting. Or some time on your favorite pass time you’ve been sacrificing for your business. Whatever it is, make sure you take time to take care of yourself and your family along the way. Setting these rewards to coincide with your “why” will help you complete them, and stay motivated.
6. Keep “WHY” focused.
Having a clear and Defined “Why” which is reviewed ever single day, will help you stay motivated. Especially on the days where motivation seems in short supply. In “The Compound Effect”, the example given is if there was a building on fire, and the only way into that building was a narrow beam thirty stories up, would you cross it? Well the obvious answer is “No”. What if your wife, mother or child was there, and you were the only one who could save them. Then the answer would be “Yes”. Because the “Why” overrides the dangers and fears. Figuring out your “Why” should be the most important thing. To stay motivated, what could be better than being reminded as to why you are doing this at all. If your “Why” is weak, then you will probably fail.
When struggling, please read my post on Struggling, and how to deal with it.