On some days, it only takes one look at the humble smile of J. K. Rowling to instantly feel the writer’s block melt and make way for the chapter intro of the century. Then there’s Wednesday, when you take a glance at Sara Blakely’s achievements and see them as possible as the terraforming of Mars, because you’ve only managed to spill coffee thus far in the day.
Motivation is such a fragile creature, especially for ladies who have great aspirations and strive for the still unexplored realms of innovation. No matter if you truly work on vivifying the rest of the Solar System, or you are a mompreneur trying to find her feet in the blogosphere, certain things can help us all stand our ground and find inspiration to keep moving forward.
Eyes on the prize
When you’re faced with an immediate, stubborn obstacle, it’s easy to forget all the reasons behind your desire to chase after your dream. If your computer crashes mid-sentence of a gripping short story and you lose the whole damn thing, the first urge you have probably isn’t to envision yourself receiving the Pulitzer but to blend the stupid piece of technology into fine powder.
However, vision is precisely what you need in moments of pure despair and exhaustion. So, prepare yourself in advance and create a vision board of your dreams. Put up images, inspirational quotes from your heroes, your achievements – make your success as visible as possible. The next time you feel just about ready to lose your mind, steady yourself with the help of looking ahead, and let the feeling of excitement swoop you away.
At least have a “pl”
Borrowed from Phoebe, our all-time Friends favorite of entrepreneurial spirit, not having a “pl”, let alone a plan, can be what’s killing your motivation. Although having a vision and a desire to make the world a better place one, for instance, cookie at a time, it has no applicable value unless it’s followed closely by a detailed plan of execution. Do you have the recipe? Or the ingredients? Where do you plan to sell?
A plan might not go five years into the future, but when you’re doing your solo gig, even a few weeks or months of organized tasks and milestones can get you on a roll. Remember, keep those goals measurable and trackable, so that you can adapt your overall business idea on the go!
Create the mood
This little gem of wisdom is from another lady’s best friend, Ariel’s own Sebastian: you’ve got to create the mood! We’re only human, and as such, we all need certain essentials to get our creative juices flowing in the right direction. First of all, no work can be done without proper lighting, so wherever your office may be, make sure you have a nearby window and lamps for those late-night work hours.
Add to that a few natural home fragrance products to keep all your senses in the right mood, and you’ll quickly find yourself brainstorming new ideas with greater ease. A comfortable chair with lumbar support and healthy snacks in the drawer make for the best recipe for endless hours of satisfying work.
Build a support system
Women entrepreneurs know all too well how lonely their worlds can be sometimes, and wearing a multitude of hats is bound to take its toll on your energy sooner or later. Even though you can always hold the reins of your work, there is no shame in asking for help when you need it, or simply having a conversation with someone who understands your journey.
It can be your best friend, a family member, a mentor from college; anyone you know will be happy to give you a fresh opinion or help you reach a decision. Help comes in many forms, so even if it’s a night in of watching chick flicks, by all means, do what you need to restore your mojo for your next entrepreneurial challenge!