In business, you're likely to experience some form of entrepreneurial burnout -- or worse -- boredom. That's because entrepreneurship is a marathon, and sometimes even marathon runners feel like they need to take a step back. The problem is when we mistake it for laziness or lack of motivation. When this happens, we find ourselves not moving forward and it is difficult to gain momentum. I know because I've been through this recently. I reached a specific goal and decided to make things a little easier. But after a few months, I noticed an interesting shift. My business is running well, but I'm personally bored and unmotivated. Fortunately, I didn't fall back into self-sabotaging behavior because I knew how to get motivated when I needed it. If you're currently going through something similar, here are some ways to get your motivation back to take your business further. Realize it's human nature at work Humans are interesting creatures. We do the weirdest things to sabotage our own progress. At the same time, we were never really satisfied. Let me address the sabotage first. At this stage of my career, I have had thousands of conversations with people about their mindset. A common theme I've noticed is that we unknowingly sabotage ourselves because of our beliefs about money and success.
For example, I was sabotaging myself earlier this year. I said, "I've reached my goal of $9,000 to $10,000 a month. I don't need more. I'm satisfied." Well, that's what I said, but that's not what I thought. I was actually thinking "this is my limit, I can't do more. It's impossible for me." So, I started sabotaging. It is often said that successful people are masters of their own psychology, and we really need to be aware of this negativity bias that is holding us back and how it manifests. One way to do this is to lack motivation. Now let's address the second point. You often hear tell you to just be content with what you have. Well, it's really not in human nature. We crave growth because contentment lies in expansion. That's why I got bored a few months after reaching my original goal and didn't do anything to meet the new goal. By realizing that your lack of motivation may just be human nature at work, you can more easily choose to get out of it and gain motivation. Put yourself and other ambitious people in a room. Part of what helps me get motivated is to surround myself with other ambitious people. That's what I did when I attended a planners retreat a few weeks ago. I walked in bored, dissatisfied with my business. I went out to re-engage and get excited again. In fact, I took on a big project and now I'm going to have the highest monthly box office revenue ever. Sometimes we need to be with other people who are doing great things and show us what is possible. Other times, we need them to see through our self-sabotaging behavior and tell us what's going on.
That's what these guys did for me in that retreat, and that's why I continue to invest in rooms like this. I have another event scheduled for later this month. find out why Another way to regain motivation is to find your why. Why did you start this business? Why is this important to you? Although money is important, people rarely do business for money. They are in business to solve problems in that market. What is the problem and how does your business solve it? Also, how does this make the world a better place? For example, I have to remind myself that my business training program provides an important service to the world. I know this because I keep seeing emails in my inbox from people with financial difficulties. Or, they're trying to get their business off the ground. This means many things. That means I need to make some money so I can reach more people and help them. This means I need to send the message out. Also, it means I need to find ways to improve my product. In the end, that means I need to bring back my podcasts. Will all of these things lead to more money in my bank account? Yes. But once you get bored with the business, money is not the real motivator. Remembering the people you helpe