How to Remain Motivated As a Startup Business Owner

Michael Finnigan
Oct 21, 2019

It’s important to have motivation for operating a successful business. Motivation is the one thing that is common among all successful business owners. Many start with big ideas and lots of energy while working tirelessly in order to reach their business goals. It is still important to maintain that motivation throughout the lifespan of your business. There are going to be ups and downs. It’s not always going to be smooth sailing, so you have to stay motivated most of the time. Here are some essential tips and traits for staying motivated as a business owner.

Always Keep Reminding Yourself Why You Started

In order to become successful at what you do, perseverance is the main trait you will have to develop during your business journey. To persist with that journey even when the market is not favorable, clients are not forthcoming, and statistics do not seem encouraging enough, you should keep reminding yourself why you are in business.

This could be the fuel you need to push yourselves further towards achieving your goals. On perseverance, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche stated, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” To know your why is just to know the core reasons you wish to accomplish the goals you have set out to achieve.

When you know those reasons that pushed you to start a business, these will help guide and propel you even when you lack the eagerness to go forward. When you tell yourself why you are the founder of your business and not some other person and understand why your business is alive, giving up will no longer be an option.

Keep Reading and Watching Inspiring Stuff

As a startup owner, you’re going to be looking for external sources of inspiration most of the time. Develop a habit of reading biographies and books about successful people each day. Besides, watch videos of people sharing their success stories and the effort that went into it. An example is a TED talk, where people share everything from traveling around the world with no money to building a long-lasting business. Most people who speak in this event are charismatic and know how to take the audience along for the ride with them. Watching these talks will expose you to new ideas, which are relevant to an international audience and are supported by evidence.

You may not find both the above activities to be productive immediately, but it will pay dividends any time in your journey. Many such materials will have motivational guidelines and thoughts that will occur to you when you go through similar situations. These materials will help you understand what to do and what not to, how to make tough decisions and take advantage of opportunities others do not see.

Surround Yourselves with the Right People

Everyone has a bad day at the office, but working alongside a team of highly motivated individuals will help you overcome challenges. Try not to impose yourself on anyone as that will prove to be detrimental to your efforts. Understand that running a startup is all about teamwork, and that team is all that matters ultimately. It’s important to have the right individuals around us to have a sense of fun each day. When your team is fun to work with, your journey will be fun and exciting, and when that happens, motivation will follow naturally. To create opportunities for fun, just have entertainment zones at your office where you can all get together and chill out. This will help take your focus away from work for a little while and help refocus. All these are possible when your team is a bunch of fun-loving and self-driven people.

Do What Makes You Feel Better

Money can bring us happiness as long as we spend it wisely. However, can money alone help you stay motivated in business? It is not always just about profits. Even if money is your motivation, that kind of motivation is unlikely to last.

Do the things you love to do outside your business. Is it exercising for many hours at the gym that brings you a great deal of satisfaction? Do you play a musical instrument? Are you into fine arts? Do you love to travel? Whatever you like, just find time to switch off from work and switch back on. If all of those seem repetitive, try doing something new. Try to make whatever you do a goal-oriented activity. For that, set a goal for each activity, write down your progress in it, and upgrade your goals whenever you achieve that. Achieving one goal will make you feel motivated to pursue another. This goal-oriented mindset will eventually cause you to be motivated as a person, which will benefit you wherever you are.

Celebrate Your Success

So we are back where we started: success. Whenever you reach a milestone or accomplish something new in business, make sure you celebrate it with your team. It can be quite tempting to jump into the next thing, but try not to do that. Instead, find time to pat yourself and your employees on the back. Perhaps host a success party for everyone or plan a short trip to someplace you have been waiting to go. Celebrating your business achievements will not just keep you all working toward new goals, but it will also help you all enjoy the ride slightly more.