Running a business is seriously hard work. I don’t care how much you love what you do or how awesome it is – it’s a lot of damn work! Sometimes that work can seem overwhelming and we lose a little bit of steam. (Believe me, I’ve been there… several times!) There are those moments of running a business that make you feel like you could conquer the world, but with every one of those, there is always that low that makes you question.
Owning a business is like riding a roller coaster with no slow down that allows you to get off and catch your breath. It’s a constant whirlwind of motion and commotion, but there’s nothing more satisfying when you get it right! So below I’m going to share a few tips on how you can balance out those lows and stay motivated for your ultimate success. 🙂
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You are who you’re around.
As cliche as that is (and I know it is!), it is extremely important to surround yourself with like-minded individuals. I’m not saying they all have to have the same goals, but find people that will help build you up and that understand the frustrations that you’re going through. Hearing their success stories and being there to share your own during their times of need will be a bigger motivation builder than you’d ever imagine.
Write it down.
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it 1,000 more times. Write your goals down. Literally. Sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and write them down. Make them visible and tangible – then put them somewhere that you can see them everyday. By doing this, it tells your brain that this is a To-Do list, not just a dream. And it’s even more fun to physically cross them off as you accomplish them. I swear, this is a HUGE step! If you need more help with this, check out these post: How To Prioritize Your Goals, Accomplish Your Goals: A Guide For Action and 3 Steps to Setting Goals.
Reflect on your progress.
It’s ok to reminisce about the progress you’ve made. In fact, it’s important that you do. Give yourself that recognition. Think about how far you’ve come and what you’ve already accomplished. It will motivate you to keep going and to push harder to accomplish more.
Try something new.
Sometimes finding motivation to push through a “down” is as simple as trying something new or different. If you always sit inside at your laptop, try finding a nice spot outside. If you always do a 10% off sale on Friday, try doing a 5% of Thursday. You get where I’m going with this? This is also a great reason to turn to your “Positive Surrounders” They’ve all been there and maybe they can give you some ideas of something new that you haven’t thought of yet.
Unplug on occasion.
This is the best way for me to bounce back from a “down”. If I’m really struggling, I will turn off my computer, limit my phone and I will go hiking, or kayaking, or to a movie, or just anywhere that isn’t work. It’s so important to take that time and NOT think. When you come back you’ll be amazed at how refreshed and ready you are to tackle the next project. When you do this though, don’t forget to take a picture and show us all what you’re doing. Give us some ideas for when we need to unplug!! Use hashtag: #rebelunplugged.
And if all else fails… It’s time for a vacation . 🙂