Have you ever thought what the secret sauce to success is? Have you ever wondered how some CEOs have got it all together while others struggle to keep pace? Are they just lucky or pure genius? The only difference between a good entrepreneur and a great one is self-motivation.

Psychology Today defines motivation as ‘the desire to do things’ and while rising entrepreneurs are highly motivated in the beginning, same may not be the case once your firm has gained momentum. Entrepreneurs are doers and self-motivation is what keeps them going on the long journey to achieving success.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or well established in your field, learn the 5 self-motivation secrets to keep you going when the going gets tough.

What’s Your Ultimate Goal?

Literature pertaining to motivation is diverse, varied and to be honest, complicated at times. Out of all the different motivational theories you may have read at some point, there’s one thing that’s common in every single one of them – self motivation.

We humans find ourselves lost in thought with one simple question: ‘Why am I here? What is my purpose?’ As clichéd as it sounds, you must identify your purpose; what you’re living for in order to truly live.

Once you have your purpose in mind, you will be motivated to move forward to achieve your ultimate goal.

Know Your Daily Agenda

Knowing your agenda for the day goes beyond making a ‘To-Do List’. Motivation is a very vague topic at start but once you know what goals you have to achieve for the day, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can get things done. Most of our time is spent thinking about what to do but once you cut to the chase, things get simpler.

Successful entrepreneurs don’t waste time. They begin their day with a defined set of goals, tasks and objectives to complete by the end of the week. Consider these objectives and tasks like a big rock that you have to climb and conquer till the week ends.

Be Mentally Prepared

Mental preparation is the key to winning. Just charting out your objectives and goals for the day is not enough. To boost motivation, try not to get distracted easily. For instance when you’re working, try not to work with your headphones on. Listening to music is the easiest way to lose all your concentration. Check out YouTube for plenty of motivational material during your time off.

The best method yet, is to keep an album full of pictures to motivate you. It could be anything; a vacation in Bali, a new Italian suit you’ve been waiting to buy or a tech-gadget you’ve been saving up for. Every time you look at the album, you’ll have something to look forward to, an achievement waiting to be unlocked.

With these three self-motivation secrets in mind, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to finish all your tasks on time without procrastinating. If you have any more suggestions, leave your comments below!