I'm going to let you in to the three secret keys to motivation and self improvement. Only when you possess and understand these keys will you truly find personal or business success.
Inspiration is crucial to staying motivated and improving oneself. If you are not truly interested in your business, your motivation level will not ever be high and you will not be able to sustain your performance for very long.
If you take an honest look at your inspiration level, do you find you are excited about going to work or is it an obligation? You might be surprised at the number of people who choose to enter or start a business that looks good on paper, but in reality does not interest them in the least.
These individuals will grow weary and uninterested pretty quickly because they have no inspiration or passion to sustain them during the difficult times they will encounter as a small business owner. I believe that many franchises fall into this category; don't be mesmerised by the apparent income promises.
If you do not like your work, then think how you can re-focus your small business to better match your needs. Or consider making a change entirely. Without inspiration, there will not be sufficient motivation to even attempt self improvement.
2. SETTING GOALS.
Short and long-term goal setting is vital for any business owner. If you do not set goals, you would have no definite purpose on which path of self improvement to take.
How could you possibly be motivated if you were unsure about the direction of your company?
Take the time to put your goals in writing. A business plan may sound daunting, but it is really nothing more than goals, strategies, implementation timings and a budget. Write your own business plan and update it at least annually.
In “management-speak" aim for some “quick wins" and include “mini-goals" that can be accomplished in a matter of hours, days or weeks as well as the more ambitious “grand-goals" that may take years to complete. Refer to this plan throughout the year.
But can a business plan really help motivate you? Of course it can. Written goals will make you feel more professional and certainly more connected to your business. It will also free you from having to reinvent your business goals every single day. But don"t be afraid of changing outdated goals.
Another key factor in getting and staying motivated is networking with other small business owners. No one person possesses all the knowledge.
However, when a number of people begin working together, the challenges are waiting to be conquered and several minds together bring faster results. Seeing how others approach common problems is both motivating and a form of self-improvement.
Make it easier on yourself by connecting with others either in your community or online. Even when businesses are not related, you will often find common ground and ways to work together.
Many successful entrepreneurs report that finding the right networking group was a turning point in the growth of the business. Working together, a networking group can help its members generate more qualified sales leads and solve problems faster and more efficiently.
Sharing ideas, expertise and experience is also an invaluable aspect of motivation and self improvement. Your own personal network of business owners will help re-energize you when the travails of running your own business seem too much.
With your networking team to rely on, you can accomplish more in less time and probably have more fun in the process. You will feel better motivated to accomplish self improvement when you know you are not alone.
With these three keys you can motivate yourself to self-improvement & business success.
Peter Fisher is an expert Author, Publisher and Webmaster for http://www.your-positive attitude.com He coaches and writes for people undergoing change. You can also find resources to help you and tons of Self Improvement Tips