“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
Business owners need to stay motivated through a range of circumstances, whether during large projects or lean business spells. The team at HubSpot put together a list of 9 motivational exercises that can help you shake off any funk and improve productivity. One of the keys, they suggest, is getting every day off to a strong start:
“Your willpower is strongest in the morning, so start your days off right. Making a routine of the things you need (or want) to do each morning will make it easier to get through the rest of your day, because you’ll be starting every day having accomplished something.”
The bigger idea that’s valuable here is the knowledge that motivation isn’t something that simply “is” or “isn’t.” A day isn’t defined by whether you wake up feeling ready to go. Motivation can be intentionally cultivated when needed. As a business owner, it pays to be dialed into and aware of your own levels of motivation.
When it’s flagging, remember that there are a range of different strategies you can use to increase productivity. Everyone’s triggers are different. Whether it’s blasting Eye of The Tiger or bribing yourself with a nature walk, find healthy and productive ways that can help you get back on track when you’re distracted or feeling daunted by your to-do list.