Self Motivation Tips For Small Business Owners
Small business owners have those moments when they lack self motivation. Some of these business owners already have efficient means to get rid of such feelings and move on with their activities. Others, however, struggle to handle such a situation. For those who do not already have a strategy or plan to help them in such situations, here are some steps that can help them develop an effective plan.
1. Set definite and meaningful goals
It is possible that the goals you have for your business are not exactly meaningful and so they do not get you excited. You should try not to work with generic goals like increasing revenues and getting more customers. Those goals are quite vague and very relative.
They may not provide you with sufficient self-motivation to forge ahead. For instance, Elon Musk is known to set series of short-term goals as they help him in the maintenance of his self-motivation. He balances those short-term goals with long term goals.
2. Spend time with customers
Staying in your usual space will likely not provide you with the motivation you need. Whether you work from home or an office, you need to take out time to meet up with your customers. Hanging out with your customers offers you a clear rationale for your business activities. By so doing, your activities become more realistic, interesting and also visual. Spending some time with your customers allows you hear, see and experience things from their perspective.
Also, engaging with your customers personally has the tendency to help you get reinvigorated. The good part about it is that you can end up with fresh ideas from the process and a renewed rationale for your activities. On the part of the customers, it also pleases them that you have decided to show them how much you care about them by taking the initiative to spend time with them. That also has a positive effect on their customer experience.
3. Have a Personal Vision
It is important that every business has a vision or mission statement. Your mission statement talks about the culture and goals of your business. It also describes your business’ primary value. While you may already have a business vision statement, it might not be sufficient to keep you motivated. While your vision statement is good for your business as it explicitly highlights your reason for being in business, it doesn’t necessarily encompass your personal purpose.
Thus, taking the time to create your own mission statement will keep you motivated as it helps you know your particular reason for being in business. It also serves as a constant reminder of what you hope to achieve from the business as it relates to your personal and professional development. To ensure that you keep it in mind, have it on your device calendar as that keeps you reminded all day. You can also update it on your status across different social media accounts so that you are reminded about your mission and others also do not forget.
4.Take Out Time For Yourself
Having to run your business can be quite overwhelming and also very consuming. Being the one who handles all the daily operations, sorts out any issue that arises and takes responsibilities for everything may cause you to forget to take out time to attend to your own personal needs. You keep procrastinating and taking up more responsibilities to the extent that you might go months without taking a single day off.
That is counterproductive as everyone needs to take some time to cool off. At the end of the day, your productivity may start declining and you begin to lose motivation to move on with your business activities. Thus, there are different activities and things you can do to help you take sufficient break.
You can fix a particular time every day for decompressing and doing some of the things you like. It could range from anything between spending time with loved ones or pursuing a hobby. You should try not to compromise on these special moments. The aftermath of such compromise will likely make you resent your business.That in turn will likely reduce your motivation for your business.
There are business owners who go on sabbatical and leave a team member they trust to take charge of the business for a couple of weeks, a full month or a longer period. Most of these business owners record that on return, they have more enthusiasm and are also more motivated about moving the company forward.
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