Loss of motivation is something that hits everyone at some point in life. Don’t believe me? Take a stroll down the self-help aisle of any bookstore, and you’ll see a plethora of books written on the subject. In fact, here is my personal favorite CD audiobook for small business owners, How to Stay Motivated – Developing the Qualities of Success by Zig Ziglar.
While Zig Ziglar’s book is a great course in motivation, you may not have the time to listen to the whole CD right now. As such, here are some tips to help pull you out of your slump right now.
Reflect on why you started
Nothing can bring you out of a lull quite like getting back to your roots. Spend some time thinking about why you were passionate about your project in the first place. Was it to help others? Was it to make money? Was it to bring your brilliant idea to light? When you think about why you got started, it will give you the motivation you need to continue on your path forward.
Join a networking group
When you’re feeling like you need an extra hit of motivation, it’s helpful to have a network of people who are going through the same thing as you. You can either start a networking group with colleagues, or join a group of people you haven’t met. Talk to them about what it is like to own a small business. Share stories of success and struggle. Get ideas from them on how to grow. Some of your best friends, and most interesting colleges, may come out of a networking group, so don’t be afraid to get out and get to know more business professionals like yourself.
Go back to the drawing board
Sometimes all it takes to get fired up again is to literally go back to the drawing board, and set a new vision. Sit down and evaluate where you are and then evaluate where you want to be in the next 6 months. After you have a clear idea of what goals you want to accomplish in the next 6 months, make a 6 month plan, a monthly plan, a weekly plan, and a daily plan to accomplish those goals. When you know where you are going, it’s a lot easier to get there, or as the Cheshire Cat advises…pick one road to get where you want to go.
Keep a long-term perspective
It’s no joke that the day-to-day of running a business is laborious, and you as a small business owner can certainly understand that. One of the best things that can help is to have a long-term perspective. Remember that with every brick you lay, so to speak, you are building a house. Even if the small task of laying a brick doesn’t seem significant, you can look forward to the day your small project will become a metaphorical house. If you need some perspective, then look back at all you have accomplished so far on this wonderful journey.