During the current crisis, where so many businesses have been forced to hibernate, it leaves many small business owners at home feeling "lost". Some may be wondering what the future holds, and the not knowing of when businesses will be allowed to open again can be overwhelming and worrying.
Lack of motivation can strike the best of us at any time. Especially when isolated, and unable to function as you normally would when business was open.
We work with businesses around the world, supporting and guiding them to success, and we'd like to help you too with our 7 ways to STAY MOTIVATED.
1. GET A "HAPPY MANTRA"
Some of us simply don't do this. Some of us are NOT morning people. Some people wake up happy and bursting with energy every day no matter what.
It's all about mindset. If you're one of those people who is a little grouchy in the mornings, NOW is the perfect time to flick that switch in your brain and start consciously saying to yourself each night "I WILL WAKE UP HAPPY" - repeat it three times.
Then, when you wake up, make your first thought a positive one. For example - I wake up EVERY DAY and say OUT LOUD (whether anyone is listening or NOT) "It's a beautiful day!"
And I do this with a smile on my face.
EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
This may not be the mantra for you - but, believe me, if you find your own HAPPY MANTRA, it WILL make a HUGE DIFFERENCE to how you start your day, and how the remainder of the day rolls out.
2. ACHIEVE SOMETHING FIRST UP
Following up on from your HAPPY MANTRA, keep things positive by focussing on your FIRST ACHIEVEMENT for the day.
Achievements are the building blocks that will enable you to construct a sense of success. And this sense of success will help to keep you motivated throughout the day.
Your first achievement can be something simple, like making the bed. Don't laugh - these small achievements all add up to one successful day - and keeping you motivated.
"If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,''
This was a quote by U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven during a speech several years ago.
McCraven, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, relayed several lessons he has learned in 36 years as a Navy SEAL, starting with this advice:
"If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,'' he said. "It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.
Now, that's music to our ears - so what will your first achievement be?
3. MUST HAVE ME-TIME
This is paramount to you keeping motivated. Allowing yourself time in the day to exercise is paramount for your physical health and your emotional wellbeing.
If you spend your days worrying about work, stressing about the kids, fussing around the house - and NOT nurturing yourself, it is easy to slip away into the abyss of BLAHHHHHH....and nobody wants to be stuck there.
Yes there are always MUST-DO tasks that are mundane in everyone's lives, however, if you are spending time on yourself every single day, then these tasks, and staying motivated will keep your energy levels up!
4. PLANNING IS KEY TO STAYING MOTIVATED
Spend time in each day to plan. Plan your day and how you would like it to look. Write it down. Remember writing is the thinking part of doing.
At the beginning of each week you may even like to plan your week, then breaking it down into bite sized chunks daily will help you to achieve your tasks. And achieving is key to keeping you motivated remember!
Set your goals and ensure that you have a clear path in your daily planning to achieving these goals.
Goal setting is a vital part of business and every day life - this is how you can reverse-engineer and PLAN.
If you know what your goals are, then you can work backwards from there as to how you are going to reach those goals.
All it takes is a little planning.
5. Visualise Opening Again
This should keep you motivated!! Businesses will not be shut down forever. FACT. We will all be permitted to trade, and it may just be sooner rather than later. So, what does that look like for you?
Remaining postive, and visualising your business re-opening is a sure-fire way to get you motivated and off that couch now!
6. Educate. Educate. Educate.
We always promote education for business owners. Never stop learning. The moment you think you know it all, is the moment you and your business will start to slow down.
NOW more than ever, you should be looking for ways to learn MORE about business, marketing and even upskilling with the plethora of online courses available now.
Learning is exciting. It's empowering. And, it's MOTIVATING.
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7. Review Your Business
Ok serious business owners - this is the ULTIMATE way to get you motivated. Go back to the very beginning and analyse your business from the ground up.
Look at your business as though it is completely new. Review and analyse each portion of your business - break it down - and give it a rating out of 10. If you are not achieving 10 in any area of your business, then re-work it - NOW!
Start with your branding, your logo, your website - how does your brand stand up now? Is it dated? Does it represent what your business is NOW? This exercise can be applied to every single facet of your business.
Do it this week! Do not put this off. What if we were allowed to open up next week????? You REALLY want to do this ASAP - set yourself and your business up for success.
You want to come back STRONGER than before - so REVIEW YOUR BUSINESS today!!
Want help reviewing your business? Here's an easy to follow guide: CLICK HERE
Reviewing your business will help you to stay motivated - in fact, we even guarantee that you will be SUPER EXCITED about your business!!
So, these are easy ways for you to stay motivated while you're not in your business - and we give you this guarantee, if you follow these 7 steps, you WILL STAY MOTIVATED!
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