How are you staying motivated and energized while running your own business?
I stumbled into online business two years ago – during the Covid lockdown. Tried Dropshipping and the likes.
My attention has been a little bit divided due to rounding up my & “long studies” and trying to break through the online space.
Talking about skin in the game – I got experience only in running an Ecommerce and Blogging.
Currently stepping foot in various other fields in the space like publishing Ebooks, Coaching and Affiliate marketing which are still new to me.
I hope to reread this 3-5 years to come and laugh at how much lessons I learned and grown.
The entrepreneur’s guide to staying motivated while starting and running your own business:
9 tips to help Entrepreneurs get Motivated
1: Be consistent
Stop treating your business like a hobby you work on when you feel like it. The more you work your business like a job, the less you’ll have to work in it eventually.
Focus on Discipline over motivation in all your actions.
Growth, progress and scaling can depend on how much you believe (conviction) and consistency.
2: Take risks
Taking risks doesn’t mean you will be successful every time. But if you don’t take risks you won’t have the chance of succeeding.
Funny story – my laptop got missing earlier this year from a careless move I made along with several important documents.
I could replace it at that moment right away, but I also had and still have this secret urge one day to take a break from all online pursuits – “disappear with the bag” like the Twitter gurus would say.
This was exactly the moment i decided to restart writing online which i shed more light on on my “about us” section.
Glad I took the risk to start again. If you feel something right – commit to it with the actions you take, decisions you make and people you surround yourself with.
Even if taking risks sometimes leads to failure it can help you grow as a person.
3: Invest in yourself
I don’t know any successful person that does NOT believe in investing in themselves through the right resources such as books, courses and coaches.
90% of the time, you either paying with your time or with your money. Combining both can be where the magic is.
So choose wisely and avoid playing pennywise, pound foolish. From what I’ve seen you spend your money either way – so why not invest in yourself.
Invest time, money and energy in learning from the right experts/mentors and then focus on implementation.
4: Learn marketing
Aim to creating a unique brand identity and marketing your business effectively.
One of my first mentors used to say “don’t get attached to any product or idea.”
I had a site and products for over 6 months at first.
It was a hot product that I myself was buying online and I knew the product had much potential but no perfect estimation.
I decided to invest some time to learn ads such as Facebook ads, Google ads and Copywriting.
I didn’t know which exactly would be perfect for my product. But luckily for me – the ad I was seeing the most for that product was always on Google.
I’ve been running Google ads for over 2 years now for that Ecommerce – nonstop, wrote all the Copy myself and it’s been my primary side hustle and income.
5: Focus on one thing at a time
Jumping from one niche to another every now and then would not help you grow.
Stop focusing on 3-4 business ideas at a time.
Focus on one at a time and you’ll go further than anyone around you.
6: Learn to manage your Energy better
Protect your energy.
Optimize work towards the times you have the most energy so you can devote them to your highest goals.
First you have to stop hustling backwards. Keep active and Eat Healthy
Hustling without caring about your health is hustling backwards.
Whether it’s going for daily walks or going to the gym, staying fit and healthy must be a priority.
If not it will reflect on your mental fitness and further into your business.
Avoid the environments that drain your energy,
7: Stop comparing yourself to others
The right association can open your eyes to the biggest opportunities you had never dreamt of.
E.g. when I talk business with a brother of mine, we unveil exploits each of us could hardly do alone – that’s the power of iron sharpening iron.
Commit daily to taking action to achieve your goals and learning from others. But quit comparing your situation to other people you see online.
You could be on stage 1 of your journey and they could be on stage 6, everyone’s on their own journey and mission.
8: Focus on the widely important
Scaling a business is 90% about being focused on the 10% of things that are actually important.
E.g. if you’re building a blogging business and you have less than 50 contents – then writing SEO optimized content is the most important thing you should focus on.
Not marketing, not ads, not affiliate products.
Why because you need to get clear on your niche and the message your passing across first than getting making money.
9: Don’t let Failure or rejection weigh you down
Most times when I try organic marketing through Facebook DMs, I quit for the next one week or so due to rejection. But I know a friend online who has made over $1M together with his team through the same DMs, Group and Coaching online.
The difference is in the Offer, Conviction and also going past rejection.
Failure is nothing more than a chance to revise your strategy. It may be easy for you or may take a while to do this.
But use them as fuel; crucial experience to move forward in a better direction rather than losing momentum.
“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do every day.-Jason Mraz
The ability to sacrificing all trivial things and have ONE goal is a life hack to staying motivated running your business.
Then we must develop the capacity to identify and work on things that matter (important issues can be recognized and addressed like a muscle with practice).
Also the fact that in order to grow profits, it requires some personal development on your part.
This definitely encourages me to reflect more deeply on who I’m becoming as a person and not simply a “business.”
This I think is the ultimate motivation to running your business.