Updated: May 12
It's not easy staying the course towards your goal of successfully running your own business when you’re bombarded with promises of easy success or you’re feeling demotivated.
If you have a small business, these 5 simple quotes will remind you to take action or stay the course:
"My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had -- everyday I’m learning something new." ~ Richard Branson
Many of us never had the chance to go to university and sometimes that makes us feel like we’re imposters. But the experience you are gathering is priceless. If you approach each day with a learning and growth mindset and you continually assess where things have gone right or where they can be improved, this will set you up for success. Do this in a gentle way, not in a way that damages your self esteem or makes you feel bad or guilty for the things that don’t go right.
"One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don't choose your passions; your passions choose you." ~ Jeff Bezos
Be very clear WHY you are creating your business. Frame it in a way that encompasses your passions and gives you something to look forward to, not something to run away from e.g. I’m starting my business to get out of the 9-5 rat race… Then you’ll choose anything as a means to an end, but you could land up trapping yourself again.
Rather frame your venture based on the people you will be serving and the impact you will be creating in the world. That is a much stronger WHY and follows your heart and passions rather than gets you away from your dread.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
Change is always scary, but what’s more scary is staying stuck and having the regret that you could’ve done more with your time and your life. The best antidote to this feeling is setting plans and allowing yourself to dream.
No-one is waiting to give you permission to live your life. You need to do that for yourself.
Sit still, remove distractions, breathe deep and ask yourself what you really want and what lights your heart on fire. Is it your own business? Now ask yourself, how can you create that for yourself, if time and money was not a barrier or hindrance?
Who would you seek out to help you? What are the next immediate steps you could take to make this closer to reality? How could you make time in your next week to focus on these tasks?
As you slowly start to take small action steps, it will start to take better shape in your mind and you’ll find that it will snowball into something more tangible.
If you feel like you’re lacking in confidence, taking small actions can make you feel more confident.
If you need help brainstorming, why not book a free call with me to get help to make your dream more of a reality.
“Never be limited by other people’s imaginations.” ~ Mae Jemison
This is a wonderful reminder to keep your ideas and your dreams close to your chest until your idea is more formulated, researched and tested. Other people might not be able to relate to your vision, may see your venture as too risky (based on their own appetite for risk) and may even discourage you based on either their well meaning love for you, or their jealousy of the idea itself.
Keep your cards close and seek the validation you need from within first. Surround yourself with people that can support you. Trust your instinct.
Find mentors and other people in the industry that you can learn from or who have experience starting their own businesses. They can guide you and provide impartial advice, but you make the final decisions based on your research, business plan and vision.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney
There are those that talk about ideas and then there are those that execute. They execute based on a plan and they work that plan. And success arrives for them. They put in the work, they take the risks and they believe in themselves. That’s a surefire way to success than to just keep talking about your ideas.
If you are unsure how to execute your ideas, then book a free call so you can better understand how I work and how I can help you put a plan in place to help execute your brilliant idea.
What’s your favourite quote for becoming an entrepreneur, staying motivated and staying the course?