This article originally appeared on Aug. 29, 2014
I’ve been working on one project in particular for what seems like forever now -- and I’m growing frustrated. I have nothing to show for my hard work. The project feels as if it has come to a standstill. Day after day, nothing changes, and I find myself wondering, how long can I keep this up without giving up?
Self-doubt has crept in. I know walking away isn’t the answer, but these negative feelings are starting to eat away at my creativity.
Staying motivated is even harder when it comes to challenging projects that seem to drag on and on. That doesn’t mean we should shy away from them, though. Use these tips and strategies to stay focused and on track.
There are a lot of ways to do this. Professionally, I find that the best way to feed my soul is to surround myself with people who are positive and who have my best interests at heart. I need all the support I can muster, and they help lift me up.
If I’m working in a team, I know how much I benefit from relying on them. I keep in touch. I brainstorm with them. I ask for their opinions. More often than not, simply asking a co-worker or someone I respect for their opinion leads me to a solution for a problem that has been vexing me. And it’s so easy to do!
What's it all about, anyway? Have you forgotten? Most of us do, to one extent or another, because we’re focusing on the daily grind. Do whatever it takes to keep your goal in sight.
Write it down on a huge sticky note and plaster that note to your computer. Find an image that represents your goal and hang it in your line of vision. Thinking about why I’m working so hard always reenergizes me!
When something isn’t working, stop and ask your boss, manager or mentor for their advice. Don’t wait too long to ask! When I find myself feeling stuck, I know someone with more experience might be able to shed some light on my problem. Listen, but also ask a lot of questions.
I still call my mentor when I’m stressed out, because he always helps get me back on track. He can see the big picture when I’ve lost it.
When I need a little pick-me-up, I read The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz. It never fails to remind me of what I am capable of, and how to achieve it. What books or blogs inspire you?
What gives you joy outside of work? If you have trouble answering this question, then you may have a problem. I don’t have many hobbies, but I do have one: I love to garden.
My backyard is my domain. I don’t depend on other people to do it and it’s always available to me. When I’m feeling low or overwhelmed, I work in the dirt. I find it very relaxing. Then I return to my desk a little more light-hearted.
Stop focusing so intently on yourself and your business for a bit. Find a way to help someone else. Donate your time. If I’m losing my magic, this helps without fail.
Staying motivated isn’t easy, especially when the goal you’re working towards seems as far out of reach as ever. Try not to get too down on yourself. Likewise, don’t get too excited when things are going well! Success takes time. There will be stops and starts.
You’ve heard this before, but I’ll say it again: You had better try to enjoy the journey, because, speaking from experience, reaching the top won’t feel as great as you think it will.
Stephen Key is an inventor, author, speaker and co-founder of InventRight, LLC., a Glenbrook, Nev.-based company that educates entrepreneurs in how to bring ideas to market.
Relax Even If Your Goals Seem Out of Reach, Stay Motivated With These 6 Strategies stories
Advice from a young entrepreneur in the trenches
Detach from technology, and you'll be amazed what you can accomplish.
Get motivated with insights from these leaders.
Consider these five tips to create an app in a matter of minutes using a turnkey platform.
Embarking on this discovery process will let you check out the business model even as you, the franchisee, are being vetted.
Becoming rich has more to do with restraint and tenacity than it does brilliance or luck.
What it takes to succeed as a young founder in a manner that makes a difference and attracts people to your vision.
To succeed, you first have to set yourself up for success.
Few entrepreneurs build million dollar businesses but many more would if they shifted how they do business.
Need extra cash? Let these sites know you're available -- and hungry.
The only way to find out what will happen is to go ahead and try, says the creator of High West Whiskey.
Founders who don't get the basics right are rewarded with the opportunity to learn from failure.
Lee 'Q' O'Denat, who created the influential site, stood for what he believed in in the face of public criticism.
Imagining your work life in the months and years ahead? Pick immediate and intermediate checkpoints along the way to reach your final objective.
If you know you're not outgoing and don't like engaging with others, find teammates who can make up for those tendencies.
Identify which idea can gain traction and make you a happy business owner.
Radical financial transparency can help -- and hurt -- your business
Check out these small bite-size titles to heighten your business awareness.
When your office is located where you reside, productivity can go out the window. Or things are just too quiet. Here's how to maximize the benefits.
At noon ET, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States of America. Watch live.
Learn how these entrepreneurs have created a meaningful mentor-mentee relationship.
We have to be very careful in choosing our pursuits, because our habits make us.
Entrepreneurs never get tired talking about the empires they are building and seek someone who never gets bored listening.
To procrastinate is human. To beat procrastination is to be an entrepreneur.
Your habits create happiness more than anything else in life. These 11 habits will make you happier today.
Are you ready to take the plunge and run a franchise business?
Many extensions in the Chrome Web Store want to “read and change all your data on the websites you visit”. That sounds a little dangerous—and it can be—but many extensions just need that permission to do their jobs.
The rumors were true and the UWP app restrictions are in place.
A streamlined version of the BBC show will premiere on February 17th.
The 300 flag-making quadcopters were taped ahead of time, though.
In today's unstable world, security is more important than ever. According to BBC News, five months ago (June 2016), a gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Atatur...
The Yoga A12 could be better than an entry-level PC in the right circumstances.
Computers are supposed to automate repetitive tasks – if you find yourself submitting forms over and over or repeatedly navigating a website by hand, try iMacros. It’s easy-to-use – all you have to do is perform an action once.
Typical of conventional market trends, any industry survives courtesy of the consolidation curve. After an era of numerous small businesses, growing enterpris...
The dictionary defines "rehabilitation" as the return to a prior state of well being. The term has been used a lot in the recent times, in association with peop...