1.Take Your Self-Care Seriously
If you have the flu, go to the doctor. If your ankle is sprained and swollen, go get it checked out. You’ve got a little pain in your lower back, schedule a massage. Your financial models stressing you out, take a walk or drop in a session of relaxing yoga.
The best thing you can do to sustain your momentum is maintain your health and well-being.Put your self-care first. Without you, your business will not run itself. If your body is telling you that you need time to rest, do it and get well.
2.Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Create a focus point, process or plan. How do you determine what you want to accomplish this week, month, quarter or year? Whether it’s a vision board, mindmap, project list, evernote entry, Google Doc or Excel spreadsheet, you have to find a way to capture your plans.
Want to take it a step further? Plan out the steps for each goal or resolution and give yourself a SMART deadline. Check in with your plan and re-evaluate your progress and future efforts.
3.Embrace the No
Are you available to attend an event the same night as your evening Twitter chat? No. Can you pitch in a volunteer project the week of your MVP launch? No. Are you able to spend $250 a plate for a fundraising dinner when you set to decrease your personal budget by 25%? No.
Don’t be afraid to say no to conflicting appointments, controversial/unethical ideas, unwanted/unsolicited advice, potential problem partnerships, or pro-bono efforts.
4.Create an Advisory Board.
Trying to start something in a new industry or outside of your field of expertise? You’re going to need more people. An advisory board should be people who you trust, can talk about the good, bad and the ugly and keep things between you and them.
It’s important to know what you know and to know what you don’t know. While working on your venture it’s important to be surrounded by a room full of diverse perspectives.
5.Create a Community
Don’t worry about having a following, create a community. Your ideal user should be compelled to be connected to your product/service. If you’re adding value to their values, beliefs and lifestyle, you’re well on your way.
Think of yourself as a community evangelist-- An involved community will build, sustain and grow your brand, venture or organization.