Being your own boss — whether if you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, or small business owner — is the ultimate dream. You get to do what you love, set your own schedule, and create your own lifestyle. At the same time, you’re solely responsible for the progress, goal setting, and performance of yourself and your business. It may feel challenging to stay motivated when you’re the boss.
In other words, unlike a member of your team, you don’t have someone to motivate you. You get to do that all by yourself. It’s all on you to tap into your intrinsic motivation. You’ll want to stay watchful so that motivation is never a problem when you’re consumed with running a business.
Thankfully, if you follow these easy-to-implement steps, you can stay motivated on a daily basis — no matter what life throws your way.
1. Don’t set goals, build systems.
This doesn’t mean completely forgetting about your other goals — specifically why you wanted to be your own boss in the first place. In fact, setting and writing down your personal goals is a tried and true method when solopreneurs needs a dose of motivation.
At the same time, if you really want to get things done you need to start building systems now, instead of just setting goals. For example, a goal would be to build a billion dollar business. But your system would include the sales and marketing processes you use to achieve that goal.
According to James Clear, there are a couple of reasons why systems are more effective than goals.
- Goals reduce your happiness since setting a goal puts a huge burden on your shoulders. Instead, focus on the practice so that you can enjoy the moment.
- With goals it’s more “difficult to build upon your progress for the long-term.” This is because once you reach a goal, that goal is not there to motivate you. With a systems-based mentality you stick to the process, as opposed to reaching numbers or deadlines.
- Goal-setting means you’re trying to predict the future. With systems you build feedback-loops that “allow you to keep track of many different pieces without feeling the pressure to predict what is going to happen with everything.”
Ultimately, James Clear concluded that, “goals are good for planning your progress and systems are good for actually making progress.”
2. Think about the big picture.
Even with a system in place, it’s still incredibly easy to lose sight on the big picture. After all, you’re hustling day-in and day-out doing tasks with nothing to show for it. Why keep doing this everyday when there aren’t any results?
The thing is it’s those small things, like creating awesome content, that’s going to attract more leads. Those leads will hopefully become customers. Once you have enough customers you can paint your big picture.
I know that sounds easier said than done when things don’t appear to be going your way. But, if you tap into the power of visualization it makes it possible. For example, if you need a certain amount of …read more
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