Questioning whether owning your own business was a good idea? It happens more often than you think. As fulfilling, exciting and inspiring as it can be to be your own boss, it can also be overwhelming when you have the realization you wear every hat possible. From accounting and logistics to customer service and human resources. Is it any wonder that small business owners find themselves staring at a brick wall and wondering how to maneuver beyond the behemoth task a business faces.
Change Your Focus
Quite often, the harder one tries to motivate themselves, and determine the obstacles as well as the resolutions… the more you can feel stuck. So, why not do as Greg Anderson suggests, “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” A slight change in focus can make all the difference in the world.
Here’s how you do that:
Talk to our customers: Without them, you wouldn’t have a business. Listen to what they have to say and you’ll find yourself bolstered in ways nothing else can or will fire you up.
Keep Your Enemies Closer: OK, your competition doesn’t have to be your enemy but you should spend some time checking out what they’re doing. Don’t steal their ideas. If you do it right, you won’t have to and you’ll end up inspiring yourself to do it your way.
When You’re Right, You’re Write: Make a hand written or typed list of your accomplishments. Start with launching your own business (that’s a huge accomplishment in itself) and you’ll feel more motivated than ever to tackle the challenges that made you feel like you were hitting your head against a brick wall.
Shake it Up: Discipline is a great thing when you own your own business but sometimes you need to shake things up and see what happens. You may find a more effective and efficient way to do business. Don’t be afraid to rock the boat.
Put Yourself in Time Out: All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy. Don’t fall into the trap that most small business owners fall into – being tied to work 24/7. In our digital age that means disconnecting from all the distractions that come with being connected all day every day. Do yourself a favor and schedule a day/time when you’re going to check your emails, voice mails and social media on your day off. Unless it’s an emergency, you don’t need to miss your son/daughter/niece/nephew’s game, recital or concert.
Setting a new goal is always a great way to motivate, challenge and inspire yourself. Here’s how you do it successfully: set a goal that is attainable in the short term. If you set a goal too far into the future, it’s going to feel unattainable. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Be adaptable when you set your goal and be realistic. And remember “winners never quit and quitters never win,” Vince Lombardi.