Running a business can be quite a challenge, and often we are running on fumes. This doesn’t mean that the challenges are negative, but
Business can be affected by a myriad of personal issues which makes it pretty volatile. Solo entrepreneurship can also be a lonely path despite the achievement.
Success is never enough motivation in some cases. Losing a loved one can never be replaced by a good profit. It will definitely weigh you down. Burn out cannot be replaced with money.
How DO you re-energize when you hit rock bottom in terms of motivation?
It is a well-known fact that if this keeps up for long it could soon break you down and eventually your business. There are a few things that you can try that could re-channel your energies and give you some sense of new life.
The big question is, how do you get your energy back or revamp your creativity?
Take a break
You definitely need a break. I wish I had taken one!
When I suffered two very significant deaths (within 4 months) in my life recently, I did not take a break. I cried through it, and 6 months later I still struggle at times feeling very depressed.
I thought at the time it was better to just keep working to keep my commitments to my clients and so that I did not have to deal with it. The first few days were the hardest, and no, I was not working at full capacity, but I did get some things done.
My clients were more than understanding and did not apply any pressure which was extremely helpful. I let my online commitments that were non-revenue generating go, something had to give. Taking a break would have been a better decision.
It is no use trying to run a business while on the edge. You will definitely mess something up at some point.
If you have others to support you, it is time to implement back-up plans and prepare them to run the business in your absence. This must include a proper communication system while you are away. Set your boundaries and stick to them.
If you do not have any support, you will have to forgo a few working days to get back on track.
Don’t hesitate, take some days off to recover from burn out or grief, and re-energize.
Take a cruise, a trip or hit the beaches and relax…most importantly – B R E A T H. Visit family and spend time with loved ones. No matter the crisis, it’s better when you go through it with those you care for most.
It is also a perfect chance to reboot your system and bring motivation to the table. Evaluate YOUR needs.
When you return to your business, you may need to breath new life into it in some way.
One way to do this is to consider re-branding. The fact that your business is doing well is a plus and a great thing. Push this further by challenging your mind to a new look and design for your business.
This will motivate and re-energize you because it will feel like a new venture. Doing the same thing, in the same environment for years, and coming back to it after a life changing event, can be a drag and possibly more depressing.
- Create new banners or logo
- Add new colors in the office or change the interior design
- Repackage your products, or
- Create NEW products
- Start that one project you always said you wanted to start
Getting into a brighter design mode will significantly change your mood and spark creativity. It is a great way to beat the motivation blues and reboot, giving you a fresh, new outlook to life and your business.
Maybe it’s time to upgrade. The fact that you seem to be running on a treadmill could also come with the lack of expanding and looking into the horizons for the possibilities ahead.
Launching these possibilities with a good risk management assessment, and an excited mind, is bound to give you the same rush of blood that you had when you were starting your solo venture. It will also motivate you to create something new in the long run.
It is a great way to beat any blues.
Upgrade to something more challenging and exciting for your small business. Take time and think of all the ideas that could revitalize you and your business with proper management to enhance profit-making and success.
With these few tips in mind, you can bring back the fire that was in you when you began your business or project.
No matter the situation, or reason for the need to re-energize, nothing works like a good redirection upwards.
Onward and Upward!
Share below the one thing that helps re-energize your fire again? OR What keeps you motivated most?
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