Growing a business is no picnic. It’s challenging, frustrating, and can be downright disheartening at times.
But the show must go on. Especially when you’re leading a team, it’s important not to let motivation drop… because that’s when cultural rot can set in.
The thing is, improving motivation, inspiration and performance always starts with YOU. By this I mean your connection to your mindset, your heart, and yourself.
Here’s 3 ways to reconnect with what’s real, and re-energise your leadership.
1. Stop comparing your journey to others
Often what demotivates us in business and in life is comparison to others. We see others seemingly doing extremely well, and making it look easy.
Damn. That must mean I’m doing something wrong, or just not good enough.
If you often get down on yourself after comparing your progress to others, here’s what you need to know:
Never compare your first chapter to somebody else’s fifth. Or sixth. Or whatever.
What appears as fact on the surface is rarely how things actually look from the other side.
Don’t expect your business to be a raging success overnight - none of them are.
Even my own business The Game Changers has taken years of hard work, problem solving and taking step after step… even when I wasn’t completely sure of the outcome.
Building a business takes commitment. It takes dedication. And it takes focus.
Remember that. And focus on your journey, not everyone else’s.
2. Take time off
There’s no point busting your backside to build your business, and eventually having to spend all the money you make on getting your health back!
Look for ways you can take mini-retirements along your way to greatness in your business. Because the habits and disciplines you set up in your business now, are the ones that will dictate your future later.
Rather than working 60-70 hours a week in your business and sacrificing your time to yourself, time for your family, and time for your friends, take some time off now to enjoy what life has to offer.
You’ll be better for it, both in business and every other aspect of your life.
And if you feel you can’t take time off right now, that’s a sign you need to start putting into place the systems, processes, and people that will run your business for you when you aren’t there.
3. Set your vision, mission and values
These aren’t just something you stick on a wall somewhere and forget. They’re like a homing beacon for when the waters get choppy.
When your motivation is lagging and you feel like chucking in the towel, revisiting your vision, mission and values can re-centre you to your purpose. The stronger they are, the more connected with your big goals for your business, the more invigorating they will be.
But lots of business owners get this wrong...
You see, there’s no point in having a vision that is just ‘make lots of money’. How will you ever reach that goal? When will enough be enough? And how is money going to motivate you when the chips are down?
Get specific with your goals. You want them to be tangible, and achievable. Big enough to scare you a bit! And definitely big enough to excite you.
It should be bigger than you. It should NOT be about money. And it shouldn’t be about materialistic objects. Instead, it should reflect the legacy you want to leave on the world.
At The Game Changers, our mission is to activate every business owner’s truest potential to build a business that allows them to experience life beyond their wildest dreams. It’s a big mission and one that gets me excited to get to work every time I think about it.
How do you want to contribute to the world during your time here on Earth?
When your vision, mission and values are in place, look for ways to cultivate culture around them. And don’t forget to have FUN! Because business should be enjoyable, not something that drags you down.
The last tip I want to leave you with is to hire a coach.
Yes I know that can sound self-serving, but it doesn’t even need to be me.
Over my years in business, my coaches and mentors haven’t just instilled me with practical knowledge and strategy advice. They’ve also held me accountable to my commitments and goals.
They’ve seen something in me that I didn’t see sometimes. And they’ve called me on my crap sometimes too. They’ve noticed the patterns I kept repeating, and helped me break them so I could move my business forward.
But it’s not just in my own personal experience that coaching works. It’s worked for 100s of our clients at The Game Changers, who have received both the practical skills to master their marketing, team building, leadership, and more… but they also receive direction from coaches who have all built multiple successful businesses of their own.
And that is something you cannot get out of a book or seminar.
What’s more, following the path set out by coaches who have successfully walked your path before means your own journey will be shorter and with less pitfalls than figuring it all out on your own.
I’d rather get to my goals faster and with less headaches along the way, wouldn’t you?
If you’d like to find out a bit more about coaching, we’d love to hear from you. And if you’re curious to how we help our clients triple their profits, take more time off, and actually enjoy being in business again, let’s jump on a quick call.