<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2005-11_03\/fea1_1.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\n<b><i>Your employees are motivated and hardworking. Your business is humming. But you're hitting a slump. Sometimes it's not enough to motivate your people; at times you may have to motivate yourself too.<\/i><\/b>\r\n\r\nHow important is motivation? Nancy Wurtzel, in her online\r\narticle, "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2878">The Seven Keys to Motivation<\/a>,"\u00a0points out that\r\nvirtually every aspect of human life, from the mundane to the\r\nlife-changing, is guided, swayed, and altered by motivating\r\nfactors. "Motivation is one of the most powerful driving forces in\r\nthe workplace," she says. "It can mean the difference between\r\ntremendous success and failure." She adds, "However, humans are\r\nunique, so what motivates Jack will not necessarily motivate Jill.\r\nYou--only you--will be able to determine what works."\r\n\r\nHere are some tips compiled from small-business websites to help\r\nyou jump-start your own motivation.\r\n\r\n<b>1.\u00a0Think about your purpose or goals for starting and\r\ncontinuing your business.<\/b> Set your goals--both short-term\r\nand long-term. "If you didn't set goals, you would be adrift with\r\nnothing to strive for and no charted course to follow," says\r\nWurtzel. "How could you possibly be motivated if you were unsure\r\nabout the direction of your company?"\r\n\r\n<b>2.\u00a0Write a business plan, if you haven't\r\nalready.<\/b> "A business plan may sound daunting," says\r\nWurtzel, "but it is really nothing more than goals, strategies,\r\nimplementation, and a budget. Write your own business plan and\r\nupdate it at least annually...Written goals will make you feel more\r\nprofessional and certainly more connected to your business. It will\r\nalso free you from having to reinvent your business goals every\r\nsingle day."\r\n\r\n<b>3.\u00a0Realize you will have less productive days<\/b>.\r\nRoll with it, advises Susan Scheid, Small Biz Community LLC ( <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2879">www.smallbizcommunity.com<\/a>). "Chances are, when\r\nyou find yourself with business block,' you'll soon have a period\r\nin which you're so filled with ideas you'll make up for the lack of\r\nideas previously."\r\n\r\n<b>4.\u00a0Reward yourself<\/b>. Your motivation will start\r\nto fade if you never take a break from the demands of running a\r\nbusiness. This doesn't have to be a trip to Hawaii; it can be as\r\nsimple as lunch with an old friend, taking your kids to the zoo, or\r\nenjoying a round of golf. And try not to let your mind dwell on\r\nyour business while you're doing these things!\r\n\r\n<b>5.\u00a0Take care of your health<\/b>. Along with\r\nrewarding yourself, these website advisers also stress staying\r\nhealthy through exercise, enough sleep, and a nutritious diet. "A\r\ngood business owner needs to be able to think quickly and analyze\r\nhis or her procedures," says Scheid. "And that requires plenty of\r\nsleep and a good diet. Making your health a priority helps keep\r\nyour business mind focused and alert."\r\n\r\n<b>6.\u00a0Read motivational books and listen to\r\naudiotapes<\/b>. They are best sellers because they work, the\r\nwebsite writers note. "By reading these books, you will not only\r\nlearn from others, but the story will motivate you to move ahead\r\nwith your plans," says P.T. Cheng ( <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2880">www.howtoadvice.com<\/a>).\r\n\r\n<b>7.\u00a0Get organized<\/b>. "Organization is critical to\r\nmotivation," says Wurtzel. "How can you feel good about your work\r\nwhen you can't find important papers or you are constantly late\r\nreturning messages?" She recommends getting help if necessary to\r\nclean up clutter, and then to develop business systems to\r\nstreamline your operations. "&if you use your organizational\r\nsystems, you'll be free to think about other important issues."\r\n\r\n<b>8.\u00a0Network<\/b>. Supportive friends and colleagues\r\ncan be a helpful forum in helping find solutions to problems, and a\r\nsympathetic ear can work wonders.\r\n\r\n<b>9.\u00a0Try something new<\/b>. "Try adding a new product\r\nor service, create a unique brochure, or speak in a seminar,"\r\nScheid encourages. "Whatever you can do to add a sense of novelty\r\nto your business will get you more excited about your projects and\r\nhelp motivate you to do more."\r\n\r\n<b>10.\u00a0Keep the momentum going<\/b>. "Take the time to\r\nexamine your motivating factors and use some of these keys to\r\nimprove your focus and renew your enthusiasm," urges Wurtzel.\r\n\r\nCheng believes that intrinsic motivation is far more effective\r\nthan extrinsic motivation. "Intrinsic motivation is like\r\nfulfillment, satisfaction, sense of achievement, and enjoyment. If\r\nyour motivation is only to make more money, in which money is an\r\nextrinsic motivation, your success will not last long. I'd advise\r\nyou to focus on the intrinsic motivation for your long-lasting\r\nsuccess."