Let’s face it. In today’s down economy, it is very easy for small business owners and their staff to lose momentum and motivation. Don’t lose heart. It took courage to start your business and you must rely on that same courage and strength to stay motivated. We must learn how to bounce back from life’s momentary bouts of adversity and stay motivated to make our businesses successful. Let me share with you my three simple ways to not lose momentum and motivation in your small business while stretching a dollar:
- Develop an attitude of gratitude. Even though things may not be going the way you anticipated, be thankful for those things that are going well. Believe it or not, things can always be worst. Anyone can focus on the bad but it’s takes a special person to focus on the good and be thankful.
- Listen to motivational messages. Don’t have money to go to expensive motivational conferences and seminars? You don’t need any to get free messages from some of the best motivational speakers around. The best part is that they will come to you. I subscribe to many free motivational podcasts via Apple’s iTunes such as Zig Ziglar, Joel Osteen, Les Brown, and others and listen to them throughout my day to keep me motivated. I also use Blogtalkradio.com and YouTube to find other motivational messages. The motivational speakers are out there but they are just waiting on you. Did I mention you can have motivational messages delivered to your email inbox daily? Talk about great service.
- Read inspirational quotes. I love inspirational quotes. An inspirational quote for me is like food for an empty stomach. When you find yourself needing that extra push of motivation, visit sites such as brainyquotes.com and others and read some of the greatest quotes of all times from some of the greatest people of all time. You can also find great quotes on Twitter and become fans on Facebook.
Total cost for these resources? FAP (Free and Priceless). These are just a few of the many resources that I keep in my arsenal to keep me motivated so that I don’t lose momentum or motivation while stretching a dollar. Being an entrepreneur or small business owner, you will struggle with staying motivated but if you take advantage of the many free resources that are available, you won’t stay unmotivated for very long (unless you want to be). As with anything in life, you can only get out what you put in.