1. Think long-term.
Why are you doing what you’re doing? Focusing on the end goal is fundamental in staying motivated. We’ve all worked on projects that seem to take an incredible amount of time and effort. Seeing past the short-term setbacks and creating long-term goals is the key. That leads us to our second tip.
2. Create a roadmap.
We can sometimes have the “easier said than done” approach when creating a roadmap for business development. Although roadmaps can have obstacles, the goal is to keep your team on track. By creating a step-by-step process, this will allow you and your team to record new directions and get back on the right path. It also helps to visualize where you are and where you want to go.
3. Look at setbacks as opportunities, not problems.
Setbacks happen… if not, life wouldn’t be fun, right? This goes back to thinking long-term. Issues in business development are inevitable, but there isn’t always one way to complete a challenge. Use your creativity to try different approaches and think of setbacks as a way to improve your skills and your company.
4. Get into a routine.
“Too many people handle things reactively as opposed to proactively. You can’t start your week or your day waiting to react to circumstance.” – Simon Arias, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker. Getting and staying in a routine will allow you to stay focused on the goal ahead.
5. Hang around winners and have confidence.
Hanging around people with the same core values and determination is key to staying motivated. When you surround yourself with winners and learn from them, you’ll be confident that you can win, too. When you have confidence that you can achieve something, you can put the doubts aside and believe in a positive outcome.
“Motivation is the catalyzing ingredient for every successful innovation.”
– Clayton Christensen, Economist and Harvard Professor
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