Last Updated on August 8, 2016 by Tim
It can be quite difficult to stay motivated when your business is not doing as well as it should. However, this staying motivated is probably the first and the most important thing to do when the tough times come. It is easy to immediately give up and start blaming everyone around in your failures. But there is only one person who should take the full responsibility and start recovering things – this person is you.
Hard times came? Well, that’s part of the life and the only option here is to bravely overcome them. Almost every business owner goes through tough times. And only the successful ones manage to stay positive and forward-looking. You need to stay constantly motivated to become successful again.
The good news is that there are ways to overcome hard times. Below, we’ll go through some of them.
Ways to Keep you Motivated
Remember how you started?
You can start by remembering the rush of energy and excitement when you just started up your business. Remember how crazy motivated were you? You probably couldn’t sleep well those few nights at the very beginning because you couldn’t wait to start bringing your dreams into the life. Remember how good it felt launching your business website, forming your company and getting first customers?
Remember? What happened now? It’s again you (probably even better version of you after you’ve got some extra experience) vs. outside world. So, hit the ground running and make this second crucial big step! Nothing has finished until you give up. Make sure you become crazy motivated again.
While this alone may not be enough, it does serve as an effective starting point for you to find your way again.
You are not alone
Probably, the first thing to do right after you became motivated again is to realize that that you are not alone. Facing new challenges that are unfamiliar to you may require an outside perspective. As you know, every industry has coaches, consultants, and specialists that are there to help you out. They can help you overcome different challenges so that you can get back on track.
Getting a mentor is an excellent idea. It is their job to help you, especially through tough times. If you have a very specific issue that is holding back your business, then a specialist in that field may provide the best advice.
If this works for you, the option is to hire a business coach who can oversee how you run your company and help make the changes necessary to run it more efficiently.
Get out of your business and see it from a distance
As the saying goes: “Work on your business and not in your business”. You can act as your own coach by stepping away from your position as boss and looking at your company as if you were an outsider. All too often, business owners focus on the small details when they should be looking at the big picture instead.
It is important to oversee your business. From a vantage point, you will see if there is a singular issue that holds your business back. You may then confront it head on and get the assistance needed to get past this predicament.
For most of us, it can be difficult to even see the real problem if is all spent working. While a typical business owner spends a considerable number of hours running the company, the successful ones find ways to keep a schedule that would allow them to be with their family or engage in other activities outside of their business.
This not only reduces stress, but it may provide you with the perspective needed to solve the problem facing your company.
Be Open to Changes
You may be faced with more than one issue or perhaps be stuck doing things the same way. The only constant word in the world is change which means that if your current approach is not working you will have to try something else. As another saying goes “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
Try different things. Test thousand times until you find the best available (and working) option for you under your particular circumstances. The sheer number of businesses that fail are staggering all because the owner kept using the same approach when changes were needed.
So, remember to be open to change as it might provide new means of succeeding.
All businesses go through tough times, so don’t worry. Tough times don’t last. Tough people do. Stay positive and take this opportunity to learn and become better.
People who succeed are the ones that keep all of this in the proper perspective. You can succeed as well by staying motivated which will serve you well over the course of your life as a business owner.