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Being an entrepreneur means you’re probably wearing 20 different hats and after a while, the crazy, hectic, non-stop lifestyle that comes with being an entrepreneur can start to wear on you. So, today I wanted to talk about a few ways to stay positive and keep yourself grounded, happy and motivated!

1. Wake up thankful
Each day when I wake up, before I do anything else, I write down what I’m thankful for in that moment. For example, here is a list of the things I wrote down this morning:

I’m thankful for my health. I’m thankful for my family and my friends. I’m thankful for the ability to work for myself. I’m thankful for all of the clients I have. I’m thankful to be able to live in a great apartment, in a great city. I’m thankful to have such a supportive boyfriend. I’m thankful to have food on the table and a warm bed to sleep in. I’m thankful to get to work from home.

It can be really easy to focus on the things that we want and that we don’t have, but I believe that our thoughts attract things to us. So if you’re thinking about what you don’t have or what you want, you’re going to keep wanting and continue to not have those things. If instead you think about what you do have and what you’re thoughtful for, you’re going to keep attracting more of those positive things into your life.

2. Have a support system
Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone. Take a note from Taylor Swift and form yourself a squad! Surround yourself with like-minded, uplifting entrepreneurs who understand what you’re going through. Whenever I need advice about something, could use a second opinion or just need to vent, I have a handful of fellow girl bosses that I know I can reach out to and vice versa. Some of them live in the same city as me so we can grab coffee or drinks, and some of them live in other cities and we’ve never actually met in person. Don’t let distance hinder you from making friends with someone, especially with all of the technology that is out there. Your BFF (Boss Friends Forever) might end up being someone who is halfway around the world!

3. Clock out
Often times negativity comes when we’re tired and burnt out. Before reaching that point, shut down your laptop and step away from work. Working from home can make it especially difficult to know when to stop working and just relax. A few days per week, try to end your day like you would at a normal office job. When 5pm rolls around, step away from anything work related and do something fun! Whether it’s going out for drinks with some girlfriends, cooking dinner with your beau, or pouring a glass of wine and opening up the book you’ve been wanting to read, be in the moment and focus on things other than work.

4. Set goals
Whether they relate to your business, relationships or health, I believe that it’s important to set long and short term goals. It makes it easier to track your success and give yourself a pat on the back when you accomplish something (see #5). I like to set a goal for my week every Monday so that I know how I should prioritize all of my tasks. Plus, it usually gives me something to be proud of and celebrate once the weekend rolls around! I also set 3 month, 6 month, 1 year and 5 year goals so that I know what I’m working towards in the long-term.

5. Celebrate small wins
The first time I finished creating a proposal for a potential client, I literally stood up and did a dance, then bought myself a celebratory macaroon from the pastry shop next door. I hadn’t even gotten the business yet, but the fact that I finished the proposal was reason enough to celebrate! When you accomplish little things, give yourself a pat on the back! The little wins that you have will add up to a successful business!

6. Reality check
Do you ever look at other entrepreneurs who are really successful and feel jealous that you’re not at the same point that they are? Or feel like you’re never going to get to the same point that they’re at? If you say no to either of those questions, then I commend you because you’re a better person than I am!

When I first got started as an entrepreneur, I would get so down on myself because I compared myself to other women who seemed to be much more successful than me and I felt like I’d never be that successful. What I needed to remember is that everyone starts from the beginning and no one’s business starts off brilliant and booming. Listen to an interview with the founder of one of your favorite brands and I bet that they’ll talk about all of the struggles they faced to get where they are now. Go back to the very first post of your favorite fashion blog and I bet that what you’ll see is a lot amateur looking photos and poorly written copy. Creating an established and successful business takes time, so don’t be too hard on yourself about where you currently are and try to enjoy the process!