You put in a lot of hard work to make your business successful; extensive time at the office/business with less sleep and more stress can take its toll. Working hard and putting in all of effort is a given if you want your business to grow. You probably already know that networking is important for the positive expansion of your business and/or career. But staying motivated to “get out there” and meet people/network can be difficult when your plate is already overflowing. How do you stay motivated to do something that often takes you away from the work that keeps piling up and does not always seem to be beneficial in the first place?
No Motivation? No Problem
The first thing you should do is not feel bad about not having motivation. Just because you own your own business does not mean that you are automatically transformed into Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk overnight. Or even after a month, or a year. Part of successfully motivating yourself to step out of your office or your business and interact with people is to find ways that work with your personality. You likely have a different personality than Jeff Bezos, so what worked for him probably won’t work for you.
For many business owners, setting small goals is a good way to get motivation for doing something that can be quite challenging. For example, find one networking event and commit to going. Make yourself stay at that event for a minimum of one hour. The idea is to start small and build from there.
Total Recall Self-Motivation
Another good way to your motivation in your business is to remember the good times. Remind yourself of previous successes with your business, specifically involving networking practices that worked out. Most business owners will agree that there are dry spells and lags in seeing results from their effort. When that happens, it is important to remember good experiences and see how those past successes may help encourage you when you don’t feel motivated and also help correct something that may be causing that lag. When it comes to running a business, you can almost always learn from your past. Keeping those good business memories fresh in your mind can also keep you motivated from one day to the next.
Do the “Motivation”
One of the most popular tips for how to motivate yourself involves thinking and looking outside you. One of the benefits of professional networking is that you meet other business professionals and small business owners who are experiencing the same positives and negatives that you are. A good rule to keep yourself motivated is to talk to others—business owners, customers, employees, and even rivals. Whether you talk shop or discuss daily current events, the conversation can lead to something helpful.
The best advice for any business professional trying to stay motivated is to find what works best for you. It’s easy to get so bogged down with the daily work of running your company that you forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. When you think about your past professional successes, also remember why you made the leap in the first place.
The key to keeping yourself motivated to continue networking for your business is to remind yourself why you are “in the trenches”. You have to find tools that work best with your personality. Jog your memory of good networking experiences to keep you focused on your goals. Give yourself short-term and long-term goals, and keep updating the goals so the information remains fresh to you. Don’t close yourself off from customers and employees—get out and talk every chance you get.
Self-motivation isn’t necessarily about being in a good mood all the time and chanting positive mantras. Professional motivation is about being focused and moving forward, even if you’re pulling yourself along an inch at a time.