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It’s tough.

Running your business is filled with so many ups and downs, especially in the startup phase, that many can’t stomach it then quit.

As you know, during those stressful and frustrating times, it’s challenging to remain upbeat and focused on what you need to do to raise your bookkeeping enterprise to new heights.

Enter - daily motivation.

It’s that instant infusion of hope that comforts you when seemingly everyone slams a door in your face.

The great thing about creating it is that it’s completely in your control.

You make the choice.’s, Murray Newlands has travelled this path and has come up with 7 daily motivational activities that are bound to help with your success.

1. Stay clear about your path.

Honestly, if you aren’t on point with what your overarching goals are, you will end up lost and floundering. The best way to stay motivated is to know exactly where you are going, and how you’re going to get there.

Reaffirm your endgame every day by posting your goals where you can see them. Break your goals down into smaller steps that can be accomplished and celebrated. What you want to accomplish should be clear, prominent and give you the energy to keep going every day.

2. Keep affirmations where you can see them.

It’s so easy as an entrepreneur to get sucked into feeling exhausted or frustrated, and often the blame is yours alone. But a negative mindset sucks up mental bandwidth and energy that you need to stay focused and successful. It is crucial to maintain an optimistic attitude in the face of setbacks. Whenever you see a quote or a picture that helps you stay positive, place it front and centre so you can remember what this journey is all about.

3. Remember the grind you left behind.

When you are tempted to drop the weight of self-employment, when reporting to a boss sounds so much easier than doing what you’ve chosen, remember the reason why you are in business for yourself.

Remember why you chose entrepreneurship: when you were beholden to someone else it kept you from expanding and reaching the heights of your talents and creativity. If you have to, make time to visit your friends in their 9-to-5 offices so you can remember just what you’re “missing.”

4. Think about others first.

The best way to find motivation in any situation is to stop thinking about how you can better yourself, and start thinking about how you can better the world around you. Set a goal to motivate one person (or more) each day. Expand your goals to include improving your community, your family -- anyone except yourself -- and you will start seeing the world in macro, rather than micro, which gives everything you do new meaning.

5. Start each day anew.

When you open your eyes in the morning, meet the day without the baggage from the previous day. Mistakes have been made, things have gone wrong. That’s life. The difference between a successful business owner and one who fails is that successful entrepreneurs train their minds through repetition to keep a progressive, inquisitive mindset. Setbacks can be opportunities, and failures can be lessons. It’s all up to how you look at it.

6. Setup effortless feedback channels.

Customer feedback is crucial. It can help eliminate the negatives in a growing business, which makes your product and company stronger. But in addition, feedback channels can also provide welcome and surprising confirmation from customers who are very happy with what you have been doing. Everyone needs that extra boost from time to time, so make it easy to receive.

7. Surround yourself with motivating people.

If you find yourself weighed down by the people around you, or you’re constantly the smartest person in the room, you’re probably in the wrong place. My greatest sources of motivation are the passionate, hard working people around me who have grand dreams and brilliant minds. Build your team and your community with people who push you to grow and think outside the box. When you know you have to be on your toes to keep up, you will work harder and think bigger. That same passion will ignite in you.


Feeling empowered yet?

Thanks Murray for some great suggestions.

We’ve all had our bumps, but I can’t stress enough how vital it is for you to always have a great deal of perspective when it comes to the roller coaster ride of being an entrepreneur.

Remember, you’re still standing and you're not in the rat race.

That's amazing!

Not many others can say the same.

Just keep building on your wins, learn from your challenges and continue to move forward.

You’ll be surprised what outstanding results you’ll create.

To your success,


Michael Palmer

Article by Michael Palmer

Michael is the CEO of Pure Bookkeeping, the host of The Successful Bookkeeper podcast and an acclaimed business coach who has helped hundreds of bookkeepers across the world push through their fears and exponentially grow their businesses and achieve the quality of life they've always wanted.