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Business motivation can sometimes be easy to lose when you are a small business owner. The pressure and stress of keeping a successful business running can wear you down and when your spirits drop, so does your motivation. Business motivation is, however, essential. If yours is slipping, here are some tips to get back on track and keep your business motivation running high.

Set Goals

Perhaps the most important part of running a small business is setting and achieving goals. Long term goals help keep your business going forward in a positive direction, while short term goals help you achieve the long term goals. To keep your business motivation high, write down your goals on a timeline and revisit them frequently. Make sure you are on track to achieve the set goals, and revise them as necessary. Make sure you feel comfortable with the goals to ensure your business motivation does not slide.

Plan Rewards

There is no better way to maintain business motivation than to reward yourself and your fellow business partners. Plan rewards for meeting goals, and you will feel motivated to meet those goals and obtain the rewards. Plan regular vacations to prevent losing motivation due to stress. If your small business includes employees, make sure you keep motivation high throughout the business by creating rewards programs for all employees.

Network

Keep business motivation high by networking with other small business owners. Your colleagues may have ideas for maximizing motivation. Sharing methods of motivation is a great idea to keep the business fresh. Simply sharing business ideas with other small business owners can renew our interest in business or your industry and keep the motivation flowing. Most cities have regular meetings for small business owners. Try checking with (or joining) your local business network to find social networking events for small business owners in your area.

Recognize Your Inspiration

You are a small business owner for a reason. You are either passionate about your product, or passionate about being a small business owner. Or perhaps you are passionate about both! No matter your inspiration, remember why you started doing what you are doing. If it was a seminar that sparked your interest, review your seminar literature, or perhaps even re-attend the seminar. If you were inspired by a particular person, meet him/her for lunch. Re-igniting that spark that started your career could fuel the fire to increase your business motivation.

Get Organized

Business motivation can sometimes diminish when your business and life become disorganized. A life, desk, or calendar in disarray can cause enough stress that you begin to feel overwhelmed and motivation begins to slow. Find a way to organize your business and life that makes sense to you and your style, and you will find your motivation dramatically increase.

Motivational Aides

Depending on your style, you may be able to boost business motivation with a motivational book, tape, or seminar. Though they are not for everyone, these tools are often useful as a quick pick-me-upper in the area of motivation. Even if you think they may be a bit silly or overly dramatic, you may still take away enough encouragement to boost motivation.

Do Not Break the Pattern Keep a regular schedule and a positive attitude, and you will find that your business motivation level will be easy to maintain. When you have a regular, organized schedule, motivation is easier to maintain because your lifestyle is easier to maintain. If things get too complicated, stress levels may rise and motivation levels may sink. So reduce the stress, keep an organized, regular schedule, and you will have no problem maintaining motivation.

We all have habits, some good and some not so good. These are behaviors that we've learned and that occur almost automatically. And most of us have a habit we'd like to break, or one we'd like to develop. 

For most people, it takes about four weeks for a new behavior to become routine, or habit. The following steps can make it easier to establish a new behavior pattern.

  1. The first step is to set your goal. Especially when you are trying to stop or break a habit, you should try to phrase your goal as a positive statement. For example, instead of saying "I will quit snacking at night", say "I will practice healthy eating habits". You should also write down your goal. Committing it to paper helps you to commit. It can also help if you tell your goal to someone you trust.
  2.  Decide on a replacement behavior. (If your goal is to develop a new habit then your replacement behavior will be the goal itself.) This step is very important when you are trying to break a habit. If you want to stop a behavior, you must have a superior behavior to put in it's place. If you don't, the old behavior pattern will return.
  3.  Learn and be aware of your triggers. Behavior patterns don't exist independently. Often, one habit is associated with another part of your regular routine. For instance, in the snacking example the trigger may be late night television or reading. You automatically grab a bag of chips while you watch. Many people who smoke automatically light up after eating. Think about when and why you do the thing you want to quit. 
  4. Post reminders to yourself. You can do this by leaving yourself notes in the places where the behavior usually occurs. Or you can leave yourself a message on the mirror, refrigerator, computer monitor or some other place where you will see it regularly. You can also have a family member or co-worker use a particular phrase to remind you of your goal. 
  5. Get help and support from someone. This is kind of obvious. Any job is easier with help. It works even better if you can form a partnership with someone who shares the same goal. 
  6. Write daily affirmations. Write your phrase or sentence in the present tense (as if it were already happening), and write it ten times a day for twenty-one days. This process helps make your goal a part of your subconscious, which will not only remind you to practice the new behavior, but it also keeps you focused and motivated. 
  7.  Reward yourself for making progress at set time intervals. Focus on your goal one day at a time, but give yourself a small treat at one, three and six months. The rewards don't have to be big or expensive, and you should try to make it something that's associated in some way with the goal. Doing this provides you with both incentive and extra motivation.

Following these steps is no guarantee of success of course. Depending on the habit it may take several tries to finally make the change. But if you stick with it, you can do it. Good Luck.

 

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