As an entrepreneur you are on a journey of ups and downs. You have your good days and you may not have so many good days, however we have to find a way to keep going. Easier said than done, right?! Finding outside validation from others can mark as a good incentive to keep going but it also can mark as a way to put your success in other people's hands. When you don’t receive that praise or applause then you feel unmotivated again. So the best way to keep yourself motivated is to find the motivation within yourself. So I’m going to give the first tip of how you can keep yourself pushing and motivated until you reach your goals.
The first tip is:
Create a personal mission statement for yourself. A mission statement, for those who may not know, is a formal summary of the aims and values of a company, organization, or individual. So if you’re thinking about or have already started a business and don’t have a mission statement then this might be the time to sit and think about one. This would be a way for your audience to understand or know what your company values or beliefs are. It gives a way for your audience to connect, relate or evoke some emotions to patron your company. That’s the best way to get business by making your audience feel something.
In creating a mission statement for yourself, you'd be setting the values and goals that you’d like to achieve within yourself and as it pertains to your personal life. What values do you believe in? What goals would you like to obtain? What person would you like to be? Ask yourself all of these questions and more, as it relates to being your best self in an emotional, physical, and mental capacity.
My mission statement that I chose for myself was:
“ Don’t wait for others to make room for you. Take up the space you need to make room for yourself. If you can’t get a seat at the table then set your own table, and have a seat.”
This statement is to keep me from shying away from who I am and my abilities even when I’m the only one who gets it or understands it. It tells me to not dim my light to fit in and not rearrange who I am to make others feel more comfortable. It tells me to be okay with not being accepted, celebrated or tolerated; just as long as I’m good with who I am.
This keeps my feet to the pavement and my reach to the sky. Now anytime I get discouraged I tell myself “Take Up Space, sis” in the awesome words of Toni Jones. (Please when you have time, go listen to this song because it’s definitely a motivator.) I get to value trusting in myself and my abilities anytime I’m second guessing my next move.
So think of that personal mission statement. Write on a sticky note and put it on your mirror or put it on your phone as a wallpaper or your desktop; so every morning you can wake up and remember why you decided to take on this journey as an entrepreneur and learn how to trust you and this process.
What’s your personal mission statement? Let me know in the comments below.