Whether it’s running your business or a marathon, working towards your dream or trying to make a marriage work, there are some situations we can find ourselves in where we want to keep going but really struggle to maintain motivation. Entrepreneurship is one of those things. We have to give every last drop of will-power and energy to avoid just giving up and packing it all in. Many of our friends and family don’t know why we “put ourselves through it”, so it’s hard to talk to them about our business.
In these situations we often find ourselves turning to mental tricks and ruminations to try and convince ourselves to keep going. Often times pining over the pictures we see posted on social media depicting a person on the beach with a drink in their hand looking as if they do not have a care in the world. So what are some of the best techniques you can use when you want to give up to ensure you persist?
Draw Inspiration from EVERYWHERE
Most of us have real stories and memories that we can use to dig deep and find inspiration. If you have ever met with a BVE Success Advisor you know our philosophy is simple….get a positive team that understands you. Not just any team, but a team that understands entrepreneurship. Perhaps you had a parent or a friend who never gave up no matter what. Maybe you remember them challenging you to accomplish something and really believing in yourself. These people can help you to dig deep when you’re really struggling for energy, commitment or will-power.
If that doesn’t work, try an inspiring music track. ‘You’ve got the power’ https://youtu.be/A52–FKUQgU by the 80s soft rock artist Stan Bush should do the trick!
Remind Yourself Why You’re Doing It
Another trick is to remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you are trying to turn your passion into business, so you can leave your 9 to 5 job and live in your God given talent. Or if you have been running your business now for a few years and you realize you want to see more success than you’re experiencing today. At Bold Vision Enterprise we have seen and heard more reasons than we care to remember. However. the most important thing isn’t the memory it’s knowing when to use it to motivate yourself.
If you’re working towards a dream try visualizing yourself where you want to be because you managed to accomplish the gargantuan goal. If you’re trying to make money, that might mean imagining yourself on a yacht in the sun somewhere. Maybe its spending more quality time with the family since you have more financial flexibility.
At Bold Vision Enterprise we aren’t championing the Vision Board movement, we like to develop actionable growth strategies with our clients. However, we recognize creating a Vision Board does work well for some people. So if you are the type of person who prefers to visually see your future success then consider building a Vision Board.
Remind Yourself of the Consequences
Sometimes the stick can be more motivating than the carrot. If imagining yourself being highly successful because you did well isn’t doing the trick, then maybe try doing the opposite instead. Imagining what would happen if you give up. Imagine having to tell everyone you failed. Imagine knowing you failed… Especially after all the effort you’ve already put in! We know that sounds harsh but some people need to think about this.
“Every entrepreneur who has achieved success has also endured failure.”
Brent Simpson of Bold Vision Enterprise
Break it Down
If you’re tackling an impossible task or its a seemingly simple task you can’t seem to conquer, break it down into smaller milestones. Then get an accountability partner. It helps to know someone out there is going to ask for a status update. Isolation isn’t something we suggest at any level.
Building a business is not easy. Remember to celebrate the micro wins along the way…it helps.
Take a Break
There are moments when taking a break is the best thing to do. Have a breather. Most tasks aren’t binary meaning it’s not ‘do or die’. Be strategic with your energy management and realize that a short time out can often yield better results in the long term.
Also, pay attention to your energy. When you work best on technical task? When do you work best on creative items? When is the best time for you to tackle or engage “problem clients”? Knowing these answer will help you determine the ideal time to take a break.
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