Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How To Motivate Yourself To Be A Successful Entrepreneur

Do you wake up each day excited to work on your business?
Do you spend time thinking about your business even when you’re not at work?
For many, motivation is difficult to sustain. Some days are better than other. However, when you’re truly excited about your business, and it becomes an active and positive part of your life, everything changes.
When you wake up each day and you feel motivated and excited about your business, it opens the door for the other aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset.
You look for opportunities, you seize challenges, find creative solutions for problems and you effectively share your vision with others.
When you’re not motivated it becomes difficult to do anything other than manage your business. And you’re not a manager – you’re an entrepreneur!
Let’s take a look at a few key steps you can take to find motivation for your business.
Note: If you can’t summon any motivation for your present business, consider finding an idea that does inspire and motivate you.

#1 Gratitude
Gratitude is the ability to recognize and appreciate what you have. It’s also a practice. How often do you feel gratitude? Do you feel appreciative of:
  • The things you have?
  • The people in your life?
  • Your daily experiences?
Gratitude accomplishes amazing things. It helps you stay positive and it has a dramatic affect on your motivation. Why? Because gratitude is something you want to feel more of and you want others to feel. It permeates your spirit and becomes part of who you are.
In order to benefit from gratitude it’s important to make it a part of your life.
Consider creating a habit of gratitude.
Start saying, and feeling, “Thank you” when you experience something wonderful or receive something in your life.
Start acknowledging the things you are grateful for. You can journal or simply create a daily practice of mentally listing the things you’re grateful for.
#2 Focus On Your Strengths and Joyous and Fulfilling Activities
What do you love to do? What are you good at?
Don’t know? Make a list. Start with the activities you love to do and the topics you’re passionate about.
Then create a plan to integrate these joyous and fulfilling activities into your day. Make sure you do something you love each and every day. It is sure to get you out of bed in the morning and excited and motivated for your day.
#3 Celebrate
Celebrate your successes. Each day, whatever you accomplish it doesn’t matter if it is big or small, celebrate your successes. It’ll add a smile to your face, a bounce to your step, and it will help you stay motivated to achieve more success.

#4 Get Inspired
One great way to stay inspired and motivated is to surround yourself with inspiration. So what inspires you? Music? Art? Books?
Create a home office that you enjoy spending time in. Surround yourself with the things you love. And of course, take the time to surround yourself with inspiring people.
It’s hard to feel unmotivated with such greatness all around you.
#5 Take Breaks
An annual vacation isn’t enough. It’s very important to your mental health and wellbeing to take breaks.
Schedule daily breaks. Make sure to take time off weekly and monthly. And of course don’t forget those annual vacations if that’s part of your tradition.
How many scheduled breaks do you take?
Even a few hours or a day or two can really make a difference. It gives you time to recharge and find that original source of inspiration and motivation.
Motivation can wane from day to day and even from task to task. However, being able to sustain motivation for your business is important. You want to feel excited about you business.
It’s the only way to really make it grow. Speaking of growth, the next step is all about tapping into your creative side and generating great, not to mention profitable, business ideas.

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