Being an entrepreneur or small business owner isn’t easy. There’s usually no one to push you to get up each morning and keep going. Here are five motivational tips that can boost your energy, self-confidence and drive.

Make New Year’s Resolutions

Giving yourself a fresh start can really motivate you. You don’t even have to wait for January 1. Write yourself a message that you’re going to start tomorrow doing whatever it is you need to do.

Eat Brain Food

Chocolate is a natural stimulant that contains antioxidants that can boost your mood. Plus, it just tastes good. Choose a high-quality dark chocolate that you can savor. Not into chocolate? Fish is another brain food that enhances memory. Nuts and seeds slow down cognitive decline and provide protein to fuel your body.

Create a Contract

Put out a contract on yourself to do something, lose weight, start exercising or open a business. If you don’t follow through, donate money to charity. is an app that holds you accountable, but you could ask your best friend to make you stick to your plans.

Go Outside to See Green

The color green can spark creativity and give you a motivational boost. Going outside for a walk is much more than just exercise. Seeing nature will energize you.

Strike a Power Pose

Non-verbal communication not only affects those around you, but it affects you. Holding a high-power pose, one in which your body is open, not hunched over or slouched, can give you a boost of self-confidence. You can do this when no one else is around and get the benefits. Hold the pose for about two minutes. Even if you don’t feel it at first, it’s a case of faking it till you make it.

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