This one kind of seems like a no-brainer, right? You’ve left the 9-5, you’re not being told what to do by “The Man,” you’re following a dream you’re passionate about so motivation should be easy, yes? The answer to that is no, or at least, not always. After you’ve been at things for a while you may find yourself tired, broke, and frustrated and without the newness of that initial entrepreneurial fire, staying at it can be a challenge. If you find yourself in this type of situation, here are 4 motivational tips to help you re-focus.

1. Take a look at the big picture

Sometimes you can get so bogged down in the day-to-day realities of trying to run a new business that you fail to see how much you’ve achieved. Looking at the big picture when it comes to how far you’ve come will help you stay focused on all you’ve accomplished rather than on all the things you still have to do.

2. Set new goals

Being an entrepreneur is a journey and like all journeys, sometimes a little adjustment to the itinerary is required. If you’ve been working on the same task or goal for a while and feel like you’re not getting anywhere, maybe it’s time to reevaluate and create some new goals. Doing so will help you find fresh motivation and will keep your business moving in the right direction.

3. Take a break

Creating a company requires a lot of time and energy and sometimes you can forget to take a break. Whether you decide to keep one hour each day for yourself or schedule a few days of vacation every couple of months, make sure you’re doing something that will allow you to rest and let your creativity recharge.

4. Listen to the success stories of others

Find motivation in hearing how others overcame the challenges and difficulties associated with their own entrepreneurial journeys. Read the stories of other successful business owners, talk to the people in your business network, listen to a podcast, or watch a documentary. However you do it, listening to the struggles and triumphs of others can help you push through to your own victory.

How to Stay Motivated as an Entrepreneur