It may come as a surprise to you, but my greatest challenge as a business owner is staying motivated. When you are your own boss, the responsibility of keeping your enthusiasm (and that of your team) at an all time high rests solely upon you. And sometimes, it just isn’t an easy thing to do.

Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do and I am surrounded by people who love and support me. People who believe in me. But when you are an entrepreneur, or leader you often see what others don’t yet see; you see a future that doesn’t yet exist. It is not easy to be motivated about something that doesn’t yet exist, right? There are also all the challenges that are part and parcel of running a business.

Then there is the fact that as a Leadership and Business Coach, part of my role is to help my clients stay motivated as they pursue their dreams and goals. If I am going to help my clients stay motivated, then it means I have to work on my own motivation big time. There is nothing worse than the blind leading the blind.

Are there times when I don’t feel motivated? Most certainly. Like you I get discouraged. Stuff bogs me down. I am sometimes tempted to quit. And there are times when I find myself asking the question, ‘what’s all this about anyway?’

Yes I go ‘there’. But I don’t let myself stay ‘there’ for very long. I can’t afford to. Neither can you, as your business or team’s success depends on you staying focused. So I have learned ways of staying up beat even when all hell breaks loose around me. And I would love to share these tips with you. You might find them helpful.

• I immerse myself in inspiring books or podcasts. When I read about a teenager who teaches herself to surf with one arm after losing her arm to a shark while surfing it brings an end to my pity party real quick.

• I do something that I really enjoy like shopping, coffee with a friend, a family day out or watching a good movie

• I remind myself of all the reasons why it will do me good to stay focused; the people whose lives I will not be in a position to influence positively if I stop doing what I know I have been called to do.

• I spend time with optimistic, inspiring people and reduce the amount of time I spend with people who drain me.

• Last but not the least, I tap into the encouragement that my faith in God brings me. You may not be religious in any sense of the word, but most people believe in Something or Somebody that is higher than them. For me, reminding myself that I am not in this alone, but that I have Someone looking out for me cheers me up no end. It gives me the impetus I need to get up and go, no matter what.

There you have it, some of my vulnerabilities and how I deal with them. What are the things that keep you motivated? Feel free to share in the comments section.