Staying Motivated - How to Help Yourself

In the beginning you were likely gung-ho about starting your
own business. Maybe some of that fire is starting to flicker out.
So, how can you stay motivated?

It is the hardest thing next to getting into business in the first place.
When times get tough you may decide that you want to throw in the
towel. Before you make that decision, however, consider a few ways
that you can help yourself to regain your zest for running the business.

First, ask yourself a few questions:

* Why did you start the business in the first place? Don’t underestimate
the power of your memory. Were you working for someone else but
wanting to be your own boss? If you don’t want to return to that way of life,
then don’t give up when the chips are down.

* How are things looking for your competition? It could be that everyone is
having a slow season. Evaluate your growth compared to others in your
niche. There are two things that can motivate you to keep going here.

One - your competition is doing better than you are. A little friendly rivalry is
healthy. You can opt to step up your game and learn from whatever others
in your niche are doing to make financial gains where you are not.

Two - if your competition is in the same boat, you can rise above the
mediocrity to make your business a household name. Remember what you
started the business for. If you are going to make a living and reach your
goals, keep the big picture in mind.

* What are your goals? Each business has to remain focused in order to
move forward. Your goals set the path along which you will travel. But, if your
goals are non-existent or they aren't strong enough to support your business,
then it is time to re-evaluate and change them to become the appropriate
platform to help you gain success.

Now that you have asked yourself some questions, here are a few suggestions
to help you continue to push forward.

Get sage advice – Consult a trusted advisor or business coach. They can help
you to regain your focus and also set a new course for your business should you
need that. Choose someone who has found success in your niche as well as
experience in the areas of business you need help with.

Gain camaraderie on forums – Visit and become a participating part of niche
business forums. You can find out tips to help you move forward in your business.
Don’t neglect local business associations and their ability to help you.

Above all, cut yourself some slack. As long as you are committed to your business,
give yourself the space to grow.

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