What Keeps You Motivated?

Marie R.
Marie R.
  • 6 years ago

In business, as in life, there are good and bad times.

I run a catering business which has always been my life goal. However, even when I am doing something I am passionate about, the constant strain of running a business is sometimes overwhelming.

So I was wondering, how do you stay motivated? Also, what are some tips for not facing personal burnout?

I thought I would ask since as business owners, our moods and energy levels directly impact our businesses and the way we make money.

As far as staying motivated, I make to-do lists. This helps me see what I need to do, but more importantly, what I've already completed and accomplished. By recognizing what I have done, I am able to focus and manage what still needs to be done. This prevents me from getting overwhelmed. Although as a business owner that is bound to happen anyway.

Hi Marie,

I think you asked a very important question here.

Personally as a workaholic, I spend alot of my time at the office. However, I have created a unique way of handling the problem you mentioned.

I created a series of cards that list the things that matter the most to me: Family, Home, Future, etc...

Whenever I get overwhelmed I pull a card out of my desk drawer. It helps remind me why I am working these late nights.

Good luck! Annabel

I remind myself that I get to earn money doing what I am passionate.

Welcome Marie!

I try to make a list of the things I want to accomplish each day (beyond day-to-day activities) each night after work.

Also, get out of the office! Go for a hike, take a bike ride or do something that will take your mind off work for a hour. I find that by doing this periodically, I come back more motivated and am more productive.

Another thing I like to do is listen to entrepreneurial e-books or podcasts while commuting or driving around. This might not work for everyone but when I do, I always seem to get new ideas and a fresh perspective.

That and come here and talk to other business owners! You'd be amazed how much helping someone else can motivate you.

Good luck, Rob


I suggest taking a brain break sometimes. Get out of the office, go for a walk, do something you enjoy. It might give you a fresh perspective when you go back to work.


I second the ebook thing, I listen to them all the time and find them quite inspiring.