• Retro Thursday: 5 Best Ways to Stay Motivated

    This is a guest post I wrote for Wave Accounting a while back and thought I would resurrect it for old time's sake. Back then the intended audience was small business owners, but these tips work for anyone seeking a boost. 

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    5 Best Ways to Stay Motivated 

    You started your small business with tons of passion, but lately, you’re wondering where the love went. If this seems familiar, here are five strategies that will help you get your motor running again. 

    1. Refocus on the BIG Picture

     Often, we get so busy in the day-to-day operations that we lose sight of the big picture and this can leave us feeling unclear and directionless. To get you back on course:

    • Think back to when you were starting up your business. What inspired you?
    • What do you feel most proud about your business?
    • What, if anything has changed since you began?
    • Where do you see yourself in the next 2-3 years?
    • What is getting in the way?

     2. Minimize Energy-Sucking Tasks

     If you want to target your energy more effectively, start:

    • Tracking the day-to-day tasks and activities that you are doing.
    • Paying attention to what you love, hate or feel indifferently about.
    • Observing how much time you are spending on things that are boring or unchallenging.
    • Switching it up. When are you the most productive?
    • Adding more of what you love to do and see how that ignites your desire to get things accomplished.

    3. Delegate/Reassign/Outsource

     Take an inventory of your core functions and responsibilities.

    • What can you delegate or reassign? Who else can help you? Who likes to do the work you loathe?
    • Maybe it’s time to invest in some virtual support. You might be surprised to learn how much time and money you can save by focusing more on what you do well and let others take care of the things that get in YOUR way of running an efficient and prosperous business.

     4. Reassess Your Goals

     Goals are a proven effective tool to help you stay focused and on top of your game.

    • What processes do you have in place to monitor your short-term, mid-range and long-term goals?
    • If you haven’t set any goals, start.
    • Establish a regular practice of taking time out to do an inventory of your accomplishments and challenges.
    • Make adjustments based upon what you have learned.
    • Celebrate your successes!

     5. Network and Play

     It’s important to find balance in whatever you do.

    • Chances are you’re not alone, so connect with others in your business community and tap into their wisdom. Most people look for opportunities to share their experiences and want to help you be successful. 
    • If you’re tired and run down your ability to bounce back will become compromised, so build in time to play,  (yes, play) and feel reinvigorated.

    Thought Challenge: What do you do to get back on track? How can a coach can help you? What is holding you back?