A common struggle of entrepreneurship is demotivation. Everybody wants tips and short cuts on how to start and stay motivated as a business owner.  Below I have shared some of my most effective habits that have helped me stay sharp and focused as a  baby juggling, tight rope walking, solo-preneur, work from home business owner.

There is a caveat though, these tips will not cure you of demotivation! As doctors do with most of our ailments, these tips will only manage the condition.

Here goes:

  1. Be positive and have faith and belief in your ability to achieve your goals – You’ve probably heard this a million times but it works. Every emotion begins in the mind so control your mind and you’ll have control of your emotions. I know, its not as easy as it sounds!
  2. Get active and do some exercises, your brain releases a chemical known as endorphins that makes you feel energized and happy.
  3. Read inspiring and motivating stories about other people just like yourself who have made it in business.
  4. I know the internet and social media is amazing for remote networking, but if you are the type of person that easily gets demotivated, then you need to keep good old traditional networking going along side all your online endeavors!
  5.  Set yourself goals and break them into daily/weekly or monthly bite sized goals that will have you excited and motivated.
  6. Watch a comedy, take a break and have a laugh.
  7. Go outdoors if you’ve been stuck indoors and get a breath of fresh air. There is something about fresh air that clears your head.
  8. Use positive affirmations to pull yourself our of any rut.
  9. Develop some powerful daily rituals, meditation, prayer, quiet time, reading some inspiring text everyday.
  10. Push through the emotions and take action, the physical process of doing something productive will immediately reward you with a feeling of achievement and make you want to do some more of the same.
  11. Be grateful for what you already have and focus on what is working rather than what isn’t.
  12. Find something to get excited about in your life and business right now.
  13. Have a sense of humor, don’t take things too seriously or too personal – this has been the cause of great unhappiness for me in the past.
  14. Listen to motivational tapes.
  15. Watch some motivational videos – I have found youtube very useful.
  16. Create a vision board of your goals.
  17. Call your nan, mom, siblings or friends – so long as you are not always moaning they will be happy to cheer you up!
  18. Call your mentor or coach.
  19.  Look for opportunities to meet with like minded business owners.
  20. Last but not least, don’t indulge in retail therapy! It is not therapy. I periodically lose the battle with retail therapy that is why I know that you will descend into a darker and bigger abyss if you keep believing the lie that acquiring a new object will make you happy. Emotional spending  won’t take you far as an entrepreneur.

What are some of your best tips for staying motivated? Please share them below and share this article with your friends if you found it useful. Thank you.

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Griselda K Togobo

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  3. Samantha kelly (@funkygoddessirl)

    Hi this is a great post, love it, and all so true! I find just playing with my five year old always helps clear my head…..and a big hug!! Well done!

    1. Griselda K Togobo

      Thanks Samantha. Little ones can work magic with their hugs. Makes all the hard work worth the effort.

  4. Cornelis de Maijer (NL)

    My tip: easychangebysmallsteps:

    If To-Do lists resonates as pressure simply change it into “Wish-list”

    From today, right now you only work on your wishes, it will help to get the pressure off.

    Good luck!

    1. Griselda K Togobo

      I like the wish-list idea. Sounds more fun than a to-do list. Thanks for sharing Cornelis.

  5. Justin Junior

    Hi Griselda,
    That is very good motivational post. There are some inspirational tips in this post that i never heard before such as watching comedy shows and having some laugh and sense of humor. But i am pretty sure that these are helpful in getting success and in showing leadership qualities. For me, Tip 14 and 15 worked out best. I have watched some motivational videos and also listened to motivational speeches by some inspirational speakers and this helped me a lot. Having a coach or mentor is also one of the great ways to get motivated and this kind of motivation is also long lasting.
    Thanks for sharing these nice motivational tips.
    With Regards.

    1. Griselda K Togobo

      Hi Justin,
      My point on laughter has its basis in science and off course personal experience. Scientifically, laughter reduces stress hormones like cortisol. Try staying angry or annoyed with people when they make you laugh. Its near impossible. Here is also an interesting article on the discovery channel: 10 reasons why laughter is good for you – http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-reasons-why-laughing-good-for-you.htm. Being an entrepreneur is stressful so anything that combats that stress is worth investigating. Thanks commenting and for sharing.

  6. Georgie Oldfield

    Another great blog Griselda and some great tips. Thanks, Georgie

    1. Griselda K Togobo

      Thanks for commenting and sharing Georgie.

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