I can see the future.

As a person born with a gift for vision, I’ll poke fun at myself (as my friends often do) because this is my fancy way of saying that I often underestimate reality. When you go camping, someone will say “Let’s start a fire,” and your friend who is a visionary might chime in with “Yeah! Let’s make a fire so big you could see it from space!” That would be me.

Visionaries bring the gift of big dreams to their community along with a lot of enthusiasm. The final product feels within our reach before a project is even started because we aren’t intimidated by a blank canvas. Though we can initiate with a lot of energy, the challenge can be keeping the passion going when we are smack in the middle… when it no longer feels sexy and new.

My friend Matt and I met when he was in college at UCF. Our little startup has been building slowly for a little over three years now. We have run into a lot of setbacks along the way that have threatened our initial enthusiasm. How do we overcome the motivation killers in the middle when it’s not so easy?

Recently, we were invited to share our story and pitch our company to a group of investors at an event called The Lions Den in Dallas, TX. It caused us to work really hard to prepare for the kind of questions that entrepreneurs field on Shark Tank. Our goal was to find someone who would invest in our company. We won an award for Best Pitch, but it wasn’t enough to interest the investors in working with us.

The first day back in the office after this rejection was tough. Should we keep going? We spent some time reflecting and even praying about the decision. It seemed obvious to us that quitting was not the answer, but we simply didn’t have any motivation. We had to find a renewed sense of vision in the middle of the mess.

We reached out to a friend with a lot of wisdom. He listened to our story, and said “Welcome to business. This happens to everyone more than once. Are you going to let this kill your dream?” He gave us some advice that made our next step really clear.

My point is, you can’t make it alone. None of us can. And not only that, you really shouldn’t. You and I were meant for community. Overcoming a loss of motivation for us was about being willing to share a low point with someone who could encourage us.

Overcoming a loss of motivation for us was about being willing to share a low point with someone who could encourage us.

It was enough to breathe new life into our venture.

The high of winning an award was quickly followed by the low of not reaching our actual goal. Rather than letting it totally dismantle our little operation, we reached out for help. As it turns out, we have a long way to go. But we plan to stay with it until we reach our goal.

What about you? Are you feeling discouraged? Who can you reach out to that can give you the motivation you need to keep going?