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Ways to Motivate Yourself As An Entrepreneur

Do you ever wonder what motivates entrepreneurs to be up first thing in the morning, work hard all day, be the last person to leave the office and to often end up thinking, talking and breathing their business? I’m not suggesting that thinking, talking and breathing your business is a good thing – we all need to be able to switch off to spend quality time with family and friends etc – but the motivation behind it is interesting. Here are three ways to motivate yourself as an entrepreneur brought to you by Moses Ma of Psychology Today. He describes the findings of research conducted at The School Of Human Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia where they explored the correlation of participation and adherence to physical exercise. These findings are then translated into entrepeneurial motivation.

Ways to Motivate Yourself As An Entrepreneur

Motivation For EntrepreneursFirst, to develop the level of motivation required for successful entrepreneurship, you need to spend time with other entrepreneurs and super-motivated individuals. In other words, stop hanging out with your naysaying loser friends, because these boat anchors will drag you down. Find friends who believe in you. Next, you should create a system of “co-accountability” with entrepreneurial partners to drive you toward success. This works for writers who join “writers bootcamps” and it’ll work for entrepreneurs as well.

Second, create a physical environment that supports entrepreneurship. For a business, create a brainstorming room, dedicated to your vision, that serves as a war room for driving your business toward that goal. For an individual, be innovative and design your ideal personal workspace forcreativity.

Third, let go of negative thinking. When you find yourself getting stuck in negative thoughts, try viewing your problems as an opportunity for you to grow. Find the gift in it. If you work at shifting the way you look at the experiences of your life, you’ll be surprised at how quickly your negative thought patterns will dissolve. It is entirely possible to achieve a state of natural happiness and optimism, and this will give you a whole lot more energy to work with than negativity.

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I couldn’t agree more with these ways to motivate yourself as an entrepreneur. Surrounding yourself by like-minded individuals boosts motivation like no other. The physical environment is key to creativity and innovation – if you’re surrounded by mess with little or no daylight for instance, your mind won’t go to work for you. The colour blue is meant to induce creativity – as is nature and exercise (but that’s a whole other article). The last point is so important. Negative influences can be detrimental to your progress as I have realised. When you can remove negative thinking and put a positive spin on every negative thought, it frees up your mind and you can focus your energy on whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.

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Ways To Focus When Working From Home

Working from home comes with its benefits but also its flaws, as with everything. Here, Amy Levin-Epstein, lists 8 ways to focus when working from home and I have exerpted 3 of my favourite.

Keep track of time

“I am a slave to my to do list. I make a commitment to myself, based on the amount of time that I have available before a meeting or a break, of how many items I will cross off my to do list. I then stay at my desk until that many items are crossed off. For big tasks, I set a timer for 20 minutes at a time and work like crazy for that 20 minutes before taking a short break.” — Laura Barta, founder of Whole Wide World Toys

Keep your personal life out

“For a long time, I had friends and family that assumed since I worked from home that I could simply do whatever I wanted when I wanted. Eventually I got so irritated at my boyfriend stopping by that I had to lay down a rule: if the door was shut and it was quiet inside, it meant I was basically at any kind of office and couldn’t be bothered. Part of focus has so much to do with letting others know what the boundaries are.” — Desireee Baughman, blogger with Consumer Media Network and writer for InsuranceQuotes.org

Take breaks

“Don’t feel guilty about leaving the house. I try to leave the house for at least two hours each day. Some days that means going to the gym. Other days it means taking my computer to Starbucks, going for a walk, or just going to the grocery store. Make weekend plans. When I went to the office everyday, my favorite way to spend my weekends was relaxing at home. Now that I work at home, I find that it’s helpful to spend more time out of the house. When Monday comes around, I feel much more refreshed, focused and ready to take on the week.” — Kevin Spence, founder of Career Thoughts

I used to find the hardest part about working from home, to be self-motivation and focusing on the right tasks in order to be efficient. Since I started to set myself deadlines, this has eased off. Of these 8 ways to focus when working from home I particularly regard using a timer as superb advice, as is keeping your personal life out. It’s all too easy to answer phone calls and emails and texts but where does that get you? Off the ball, that’s where it gets you, and you end up wasting insane amounts of time.

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