We all have our reasons for getting up and going into work in the morning. And when business is going well, it is usually easier to focus on that positive motivation to keep moving forward.
But where do we find a motivational push during difficult times? We all encounter tough periods in our careers, and this is especially true for small business owners. Economic downturns, growth and staffing issues, work-life balance are all familiar challenges for people who run their own company.
Fortunately, staying motivated during a rough patch often requires only the smallest change in our approach and routines. This blog post offers five helpful tips to keep the drive alive. It includes suggestions like increasing your networking efforts, physical exercise, and reminding yourself that you have had success in the past, which points to success in the future.
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These examples illustrate a fundamental truth of success both in business and in our personal lives — our mindset is the key factor. As the veteran motivational speaker Zig Zigler put it: “It’s not our aptitude, but our attitude, that determines our altitude.” Even when physical exercise is suggested as a motivational tool, it’s mainly for the purpose of recharging our brains to improve the quality of our thinking.
But engaging in motivating and inspiring activities like the ones suggested isn’t just for tough times. For small business owners, it can be an extremely productive habit. As Zig Zigler recommends: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.”
What about you? Where do you turn for inspiration and motivation during challenging periods? Are there other activities not listed that help motivate you? Please let us know!
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