Have you ever been through a difficult situation where it seems as if all hell has broken loose on you and you cannot see help coming? the weight of responsibilities and financial obligations seems to overwhelm you and you are literally scared of going home because of bills,especially when your phone rings and its accompanied with fear of the unknown.
My friends you are not alone, believe me, someone somewhere at some point is going through a worse situation and I know that whatever it is that you are going will not last forever, why because I am sure of sunrise and sunset. The Good and bad experiences you interface with in life, makes life worth living and valuable.
Today the focus of my thoughts is trying to get into the desktop of your mind and keep you motivated.
How do you stay motivated ?
Do not feel too bad because there are a lot of people like you who are extremely talented and have valuable skill sets yet still remain broke and are unknown to you going through a rough patch but they cover it up with nice jackets, fancy cars or perhaps we’ll structured ascents.
very few of these individuals end up being successful in coming out of their difficult situations while others throw a pity party, operate the blame factor or attempt suicide.
some people like you survive because they understand that it takes more than talent or skill to build, grow, sustain a business while going through a rough and difficult situation.
The vast majority of entrepreneurship engagement is mental. Unless you learn how to handle the intangible aspects of entrepreneurship mentally, success will elude you.
One of the most significant mental challenges is the issue of motivation, especially during challenging times. If you find yourself struggling to move forward, before you think wizard witches and warlocks are after you, first you’ll need to get a grip and hunt for some motivation.
Motivation is the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs.
Motivation is also one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior. A motive is what prompts the person to act in a certain way, or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior.
Motivation is literally the desire to do things by putting your motive in action.
It’s the difference between waking up before dawn and lazing around the house all day. It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals. and the truth is that you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be. Ask, seek and knock on doors that will keep you motivated.
It’s impossible to stay motivated as an entrepreneur if you don’t understand your desire. And we aren’t talking about the desire to make money – everyone wants to be wealthy. What is your true desire? It could be the desire to give your kids a better life than you had, or to buy your parents a home. Maybe it’s the desire to travel the world and not worry about the cost. Perhaps you want to retire at 40 so that you can coach your kids in sports and mentor others.
Motivation without desire is like an empty bucket even though it has the capacity to hold water, it remains empty. You might think you’re motivated, but you’re faking it. Once you discover your desire, you won’t have any trouble moving forward even if there is no money in your account.
Every business has a mission statement or set of core values. These serve as signposts to help the company find their way when things seem chaotic. They provide direction and motivation; for these exact reasons, you need a personal mission statement.
It might sound like something a motivational guru would tell you to do at a self-improvement conference or seminar but a personal mission statement provides a number of real-world benefits. First, it forces you to be honest with yourself and articulate what you’re doing with your career. Second, it provides you with a quick, practical reminder when you make a mistake or an error in decision.
The problem many entrepreneurs encounter is not that they fail to set goals, but that the objectives they set are too far in the future. While there’s nothing wrong with setting a goal that’s three, five or 10 years into the future , i often advise that you Think Big, start small and grow fast. Take life one step at a time making conscious decisions daily, weekly and Monthly towards your desires.
No doubt that you would make mistakes but keep on moving in a pace that is realistic.
Entrepreneurship journey can be isolating at times, but you don’t have to struggle through the rough periods alone. One of the best things you can do for yourself – at least in terms of motivation – is to surround yourself with the right people. These should be people who know how to pick you up when you’re down – people who can speak truth into your life.
When you have a support group around you, your failures and rough patches don’t seem nearly so hopeless. Now is the time to work on building these relationships.
We live in a culture where people are blinded by immediate results. There’s instant coffee, movies on demand, fast food, and high-speed internet . If you want something now, all you have to do is throw some cash at it and it will come running, Unfortunately, people carry this idea into the business world where success is anything but instant or easy.
The reality is that it takes a lot of hard work, patience and time to experience success – and it often comes and goes in cycles. This intermittent nature of success can be too much for some entrepreneurs to handle.
It doesn’t take much to be motivated when things are going well. But how will you respond when you go through a rough patch? As your energy slips, will you stay the course and continue striving toward your goals?
If nothing else, hopefully, this information will at least make you think about your situation and understand that business, success and entrepreneurship are all very cyclical. You can’t always control the outcome, but you can be mentally prepared for whatever life throws your way.
As I conclude, try and understand that night and day are critical elements for growth and development. If you’re in the night season or in the dark, stay hopeful, give it time, the sun will rise again. My pastor usually encourages me when he says, in his words “in the dark, Don’t forget what you learnt in the light.
If you need someone to talk to about your challenges regarding your business feel free to contact me or any seasoned professional around you. Seek Help, and Speak Up.
Keep Hope Alive.