What are the three keys to self-improvement and motivation?
Inspiration is crucial to stay motivated and improve oneself. If you are not interested in your company, your level of motivation will never be high and you will not be able to maintain interest for long.
Take an honest look at your level of inspiration. Are you excited to go to work or is it an obligation? You’d be surprised at the number of people who choose a company that looks good on paper but doesn’t really interest them at all.
These people will soon become tired and uninterested because they don’t have any inspiration or passion to support them in the difficult times they will go through as a small entrepreneur.
If you don’t like your work, think about how you can better tailor your small business to your needs. Or think about making a change. Without inspiration there will be no motivation to even try to improve yourself.
2. SET GOALS
Setting short and long term goals is vital for any business owner. If you do not set goals, you would not have a clear goal on which path of self-improvement you should go.
How can you possibly be motivated if you are not sure about the direction of your business?
Take the time to put your goals on paper. A business plan may sound daunting, but it’s really nothing more than goals, strategies, implementation and a budget. Write your own business plan and update it at least once a year.
Include “mini-objectives” that can be achieved in a few hours, days or weeks, but also the more ambitious “grand objectives” that can take years. Refer to this plan throughout the year.
But can a business plan really help motivate you? Of course it can. Written goals will make you feel more professional and certainly more connected to your company. It will also free you from having to reinvent your business goals every day.
Another important factor in getting and staying motivated is networking with other small business owners. Nobody knows all the knowledge.
However, when a number of people start working together, the challenges will just be there to be overcome.
In fact, the isolation of working alone is one of the most difficult parts of entrepreneurship. You can never be on the road to self-improvement without the help of others. Mutual support is motivating.
Make it easier for yourself by connecting with others in your community or online. Even if companies are not related, you will often find similarities and ways to work together.
Many successful entrepreneurs report that finding the right networking group was a turning point in the growth of the business. By working together, a network group can help its members generate more qualified sales leads and solve problems faster and more efficiently.
Sharing ideas, expertise and experience is also an invaluable aspect of motivation and self-improvement.
Your own personal team of business owners will help you regain energy when the burden of running your own business seems to be too much for you.
With your network team to rely on, you can achieve more in less time and probably have more fun in the process. You will feel motivated to achieve self-improvement when you know you are not alone.