It’s easy to get discouraged when you can’t find investors, your business plan falls apart or you feel like things just simply aren’t working out for you. There will be many times when you believe you can’t go any farther and you all you want to do is just give up. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you must be willing to stick with it even when times get tough. Overcoming the temptation of giving up can feel impossible at times, but these tips will teach you how to keep pressing forward!

MOTIVATE YOURSELF 

Take time every day to motivate yourself. Whether it be through reading, listening, or watching motivational material, it will encourage you and remind you of why you need to continue to persevere. Motivation is key to avoid the temptation of giving up.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GO-GETTERS 

The people who you spend time with will influence the way you behave either for better or for worse. If the majority of your friends are quitters or people who give up often, it might be a good idea to look for new friends who will encourage you to do your best. Seek mentors and people who are already in a place that you want to be. Chances are they have failed many times, but were willing to stick with it when the going got tough. These positive influences can provide that extra push you need to help you follow your dreams.

RETAIN A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE

If you spend all of your time working, but you neglect your personal life, you will make yourself vulnerable to burnout and you’ll be more likely to give into the temptation of giving up. Maintain a healthy work-life balance by putting in the time necessary for work, but also setting aside time for family and friends. Doing so will keep you from feeling bogged down and you’ll have the drive to continue.

REMIND YOURSELF HOW YOU FELT WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED

When you feel like giving up, remember how far you have come and how you got there. You have already put in so much time and effort to get to this point, so why would you give up on your dreams now? Remind yourself of the determination and willpower you had to get you here in the first place. If you could do it when you first started, then why can’t you do it now?

DON’T EXPECT RESULTS RIGHT AWAY

More often than not, we expect to see results immediately from our actions, and if we don’t see those results right away it is easy to lose motivation and assume that there is no point in trying any longer. The truth is, any goal worth pursuing in life is not met with immediate results. It takes a lot of time, hard work and dedication. Learn to judge the amount of work you put into something and not just the results that you receive.

CONTINUE TO HOLD ON

When you reach your breaking point and you think you can’t go any farther, tell yourself to hold on just a little bit longer. You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish when you tell yourself to keep holding on, and you might just get your second wind that will persuade you to keep trying.

The secret to becoming a successful entrepreneur is maintaining the motivation and drive to keep moving forward, especially when nothing goes how you want it to. If you are able to avoid the temptation of giving up, you will find that following your dreams will become that much easier.

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