I find myself judging myself when my business plan or decisions do not go as planned. Whether I lose a client or a launch isn’t as successful as I thought, I find myself in need of some inspiration to move forward in my business and put the experience behind me. Over the years, I had tried several ways to reinvent myself to get back on track and motivated to continue.
Here are some tips on how to inspire yourself to move forward.
Read or listen to autobiographies of celebrities.
I loved watching acclaimed biographies to get inspired to continue with my business journey. There is even a website to read about famous people’s stories. Here is the link to the Biography.com website. I also enjoyed listening to audiobooks about C.E.O.’s experiences and how they overcame their obstacles. The book “Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul: Advice & Inspiration for Fulfilling Dreams (Chicken Soup for the Soul)” by Jack Canfield is a great example It’s one I am enjoying right now.
Visit our most to watch movies that are inspired by women entrepreneurs.
Reading inspiring quotes from influential people.
It’s great to get advice from someone who was already through the start of a business. I loved reading inspiring quotes that would relate to my situation because sometimes it was hard to find the right word to express the emotions that I was feeling. So, for me, quotes were a great help.
Below are four quotes I found recently and wanted to share them with you.
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Reflect on your business and where you started out.
I enjoy reflecting on my business and where I came from and what I have accomplished. It helps me realize that “this sad feeling will pass.” A successful business is NEVER a straight line. It always has its ups and downs.
Change the routine and set new goals.
Every six months or so I revisit my goals and determine what I want to continue with and what needs to be modified. For me, revisiting goals in the summer helps me push through to the end of the year.
Get some training.
Sharpening my skills always helps me keep ongoing. It gives me the confidence to put myself out there and complete my goals.
Well, that’s it for now. I hope this helps you get inspired to move past your emotions and continue with your small business.
Now it’s your turn. What do you do to motivate yourself to keep going? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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Janet Barclay says
Thanks for the advice! I especially like the quote by Caterina Fake.
Jackie Harder says
I keep myself motivated in a couple of ways: An out-loud “You can do this” pep talk. A walk outside that takes me completely out of my work head space. A review of why I’m doing this (whatever “this” is) in the first place. How I will feel when I get to where I want to go. BTW, loved all the quotes, but especially Teddy Roosevelt’s.
joan potter says
Love the tips! I especially like the “get some training.” Beyond what I learned in college, I think the little “classes” offered by specialists (like, social media classes and computer classes that I’ve paid for separate from college) have probably helped me the most. I never really thought about it before now, but really zeroing in on what could help us most and getting THAT training is the most sensible ed plan we could have!
Joan M Harrington says
Wonderful tips Sabrina for getting back on track when you are not feeling so motivated 🙂 Especially love reading quotes, as they help me and inspire me to keep on going 🙂 Awesome share!
Thanks for stopping by, Joan. =)
Great tips and quotes! I love reading inspirational quotes – that does help me turn it around. I also turn to gratitude, and really focus on all the things I am thankful for. That usually raises my vibration and inspires me!
Karen Grosz says
These are great tips. I love the quotes esp the first on working on the right thing. For me I love to learn so I have to stop myself from doing more training. If I could get paid to just learn, that would be me, learning all I can. Sometimes I have to just stop. I know that I know what I need to help people with their health concerns.
Good point, Karen. I love to learn new things but at a certain point, I need to be confident that I can do this job and be of service to other small business owners. =)
Joyce Hansen says
Your inspiration quotes are such great reminders to take the time to take care of ourselves and motivate ourselves in new directions. I’m also a big believer in reading biographies. Many great tips here.
Thanks for stopping by, Joyce.
Kristen Wilson says
Awww, such wonderful quotes and motivation. I usually don’t have issues being motivated to do anything just life gets rough and it’s nice to be lifted up.. thanks for these great reminders.
Mandy Anderson says
Thanks for the link to biography. I LOVE reading about famous people, even if I don’t necessarily like them. I love to learn how they got where they are. This is also a reminder I need to change up my routine. Thanks Sabrina!
Rachel Lavern says
Although I can be inspired by a good success story, my favorite way is to visit an art gallery or museum, play the piano, or go to the beach. Clears the head and renews me.
Oh yes, this is a topic dear to my heart. I am a firm believer in we get what we are. That our words, actions and emotions have a mirrored physical reality in our own lives and the lives we touch. I am far from perfect but do my best to be a conduit of love and support. I know you are too Tamuria. Thank YOU for all you do. Love this!
Elana Kleinman says
I love the topic of this blog, Sabrina. So important to have a go-to list when you’re feeling stuck. Thanks for the tips.
Beth Niebuhr says
This is such an interesting and inspiring article. Your daughters’ photography adds just the right art to the piece. We can always benefit from good ideas and good quotes.
Beverley Golden says
Finding inspiration in the world around us, is such a great motivator, Sabrina. Thanks for the wonderful quotes you shared and your daughter’s photographs are beautiful! Please tell her. 🙂 I have always loved the Mary Anne Radmacher quote about courage, as it really resonates with me. Life is about having the courage to try again and recreate our lives…daily! Thanks for sharing your experience and tips with us all.
It can really stop you in your tracks when things don’t pan out the way you think they will. Your tips to get motivated are great. It’s an opportunity to reflect back and to work out new goals but I especially love your tip to get some training – a sure way to get your confidence back and learn something new at the same time. The quotes are lovely and your daughter did a wonderful job with the images.
Roslyn Tanner Evans says
I appreciate this blog because in a small business we are always trying to grow, promote, etc and you are right- sometimes we get a flop. For example- we are currently finding people unwilling to go for our giveaway. It boggles our minds that it is hard enough to sell jewelry online & now we can’t even give it away for an email. AS I’m struggling right now dealing with this, I am reading your quotes and comments a few times. This stood out for me, “Successful business is NEVER a straight line. It always has its ups and downs.” So back to the drawing board to build our email list.
I know how you feel. I too have those ups and downs when growing my email list. I like to remind myself there are lots of factors involved in getting email addresses and much of the time, it has to do with the timing of the giveaway. Good luck!
Susan Mary Malone says
What great tips, Sabrina! We’ve ALL been there. Stories of successful people always inspire me as well. It just helps to see how others have faced defeat (and they all have), and how they kept at it in spite of the odds.
Love the inspiring quotes too!