Something that has come up a few times now is knowing WHY you are doing what you are doing. In other words, what is the reason you want to run your own business.
This always seemed a bit like fluffy boring mindset stuff. But when a business coach actually got us to write down a massive list of things we do and don’t want in life, it seemed to trigger something that I hadn’t felt in a while. To do this and refer back to it every so often seems like an effective way to reinforce what you’re doing, and give you a bit of purpose. It’s pretty similar to some of the exercises you’ll find in The On Purpose Person, a good book on the topic, and a pretty quick read.
The lists we wrote were massive. Not just like 3 or 4 things you want from life, you just keep going for 5 or so minutes until you have a big list. Among mine were being location independent, not caring if I blow $60 on a round of drinks for everyone, not having to answer to people, no alarms in the morning, and being able to take naps on the bean bag behind my desk in the middle of the day. The combination of what you want and what you don’t want is powerful.
Vision boards fit into this category as well. In my opinion, creating a board of stuff you’ve already achieved, or places you have already been is equally important. It makes you appreciate where you are right now instead of always wanting more.
So, take a few minutes to build a list of everything you do and don’t want. With a bit of purpose comes a lot of motivation.
The video below if my biggest “why”. It’s also why I went off the grid for a while.