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How to keep motivated as a business owner!

How to keep motivated as a business owner!

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As you build your company into the dream that you believe in, you may find yourself hitting some rough patches! Which is normal, do not worry! But we have put together this list of motivational tools to help you get pick yourself back up and get on track! 

1. Review all of the work that you have done!

The next time you are struggling or overwhelmed with your business, take a moment and reflect on all the work that you have done yourself and as a business. Think across everything between the internal development of your business to every client that you have helped, how many lives have you impacted through the use of your work! 

Thinking about your past work can prove to yourself how far you have come and can even remind you of similar feelings you may have felt back then, therefore reminding you, no matter the size of the situation, you always power through it!

2. Reflect on why you started your business

Let's take a step back and look at the bigger picture at hand. Looking at where you started from is a good way of identifying your original purpose for your business. 

This will clear any mind fog and realign the purpose of your everyday actions to the exact reason you started your business. I know a lot of people may say that they started their business for financial reasons, but if you have really put in the hours and are still here after all the hard work, you have an underlying purpose for starting.

3. Use tools provided by SaintFG

We have put together a humongous list of quotes which you can have access to whenever you want and it's completely free of charge! 

You can find Saint Motivation here.

Don’t forget to bookmark this so you can have it on hand whenever you need it! 

4. Speak to your clients

Sometimes it’s as simple as speaking to your clients. Arrange a chat with some of your clients who you have performed work for, see what they think about the service / product months or years after it was provided. 

Just a simple, short conversation has the ability to open your vision and see the impact of your business among the community. 

5. Build a list

It can be frustrating, tiring and often overwhelming running a business especially by yourself, this is why it is always good to build a list of tasks that need to be done in your business. Applications such as Trello, Asana or Clickup provide free softwares so you can track what you need to do easier compared to pen and paper!

6. Consider getting a team

Sometimes you just need a bit of help. The team at Saint Financial Group can give you the support you have been looking for, create your list, give you the dashboard and you can watch the list get the smaller and smaller day by day. Not only that, we can also help with your accounting and media & marketing. Saint FG are the all in one solution for your business support needs.

7. Your work should be meaningful to yourself

Work takes up the majority of all of our lives, it’s important to our sanity that the work we are fulfilling day in and out is meaningful to us. This can be broken down into 3 sections:

  1. Purpose - Does the purpose of your work correlate with your purpose (life goals and values)
  2. Comprehension - Are you able to understand and make sense of the outcome of your efforts.
  3. Valued - How much value do you believe your work inputs into the community and creates for yourself.

If you can simply tick of each of these sections off, you will find your work to be meaningful, this is a key step to enjoying the journey...

A meaningful career is one where we feel an authentic connection between the work we do and a boarder life purpose beyond the self.

8. Enjoy the journey

Most of our lives we seem to live in auto-pilot, with our minds constantly battling upcoming deadlines and endless to do lists we often forget to acknowledge the achievements and be mindful in the moment.

While it is crucial to be forward thinking, for obvious reasons, it is also a human necessity to sometimes slow down and appreciate everything we have done and what we have surrounding us. 

It is important to understand that being completely future focused sounds great as you are constantly working for this end goal, but once you reach it, you are often left with no sense of direction and therefore plan new goals without even acknowledging everything you have just worked so hard for. This turns out to be a reality to most of us and an endless spiral at the end.

While you may have come here to get motivated to get back on with some work, take a moment and think about everything that you have achieved. Sometimes our greatest motivations comes from ourselves.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway 

Just get started 

Sometimes we are all looking for motivation and it is often seen as the first step to starting anything, but the first step actually begins with discipline. Motivation is short lived and can only exist for so long, it is discipline which makes you get out of bed at 6 AM every morning. It is discipline that makes you hit the gym in the freezing cold. 

A simple way of getting started is to have the discipline to just go! Use whatever tactiques you want to get started, say “I’ll just do it for 5 minutes” and you will see the results. Making a start to a task is 90% of the work, you will find yourself breaking through that wall and getting through so many more tasks. 

I hope some of the methods above helps you stay motivated with your work! We have a similar blog covering How to stay motivated as a business owner! Also check out Saint Motivation for a huge collection of motivational quotes!

This article was written for Construction Insider by Saint Financial Group, a multidisciplinary group based in the UK that helps construction businesses develop and grow. SaintFG offers a range of quality solutions in supporting businesses.

Saint provides the luxury of free business consultancy for of our clients, call now for your free consultation with a friendly business advisor to discuss your burning questions and put that energy back into your business!

Written by:

Michael O'Rourke MAAT

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