How to stay motivated as an entrepreneur

They say entrepreneurship is a lonely and hard road. Remember the long hours you have put in and the times when people doubted you—even those closest to you? Most entrepreneurs are all too familiar with the rejection, and the hard work required to keep things moving.

Amidst everything, you must continue pushing, and believing.

Here are five tips to help you stay motivated:

1. Set goals and refer to them every time you feel like giving up.

Why did you start? What did you want to achieve? Write down your reasons for starting. Sometimes it is not a single reason. Some people will tell you they started because they wanted to solve a problem in their community as well as work for themselves. Be clear on why you started and refer to it when you are demotivated.

2. Stay inspired by celebrating the small wins

Celebrate the small successes. Breakdown your goal into smaller goals and steps so you do not get overwhelmed. Each step is important and contributes to the bigger goal. Therefore, take time to appreciate your accomplishments however small. Remember that each step is a part of the bigger puzzle.

3. Cultivate a support system

Invest in relationships with people that bring you joy, people that support you and inspire you to keep going. Seek out and establish friendships with like-minded people. These may be fellow entrepreneurs. In these you will find supporters and advisors.

4. Create a routine to help you realise your targets

Establish a routine to help you manage your time, better structure your days, and to build momentum. A routine will ensure that you do the most important tasks of the day and give you a sense of accomplishment. This will help you build momentum making it easier to persist.


5. Indulge in activities that bring you joy

Stay motivated by engaging in activities that bring you joy beyond your enterprise. Work without play will not only make you dull, but it can also result into resentment. Take time off to do things that make you happy. Indulge in a sport you love. Spend time with people you like. Doing things you love will give you the fuel you need to keep going.

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