Entrepreneurship like any other vocation is filled with highs and lows. One moment you feel like you are going to change the world and the next you wonder why you even bother. When you first start your business, you feel empowered, engrossed, driven and highly optimistic. However as time goes by, you find yourself falling into a rot. You are no longer as interested and motivated as you used to be. It all just seems like a bore. Several factors can cause this low feeling; slow business, low sales, start-up problems, things not working out the way you planned or just life happening. Whatever the cause, you don’t have to remain in that space. If you feel deep within you that things are no longer what they used to be, then it’s time to have “the talk” with yourself. Begin by asking yourself:
- Why did I start this business in the first place: There must have been a compelling reason or need that drove you to start your business? What was it? Do you still feel the same way now?
- Talk to other business owners: Sometimes when we are in a low place, we tend to think the problem is unique to us alone. This cannot be further from the truth. When you talk to other business owners you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that they may also have been through the same challenges or at least know someone who has. You might even pick some tips for dealing with the challenges you are facing.
- Create a plan for yourself: The benefits of planning cannot be overemphasized. Majority of the time, we feel disorganized, clumsy, and overwhelmed just because we have not taken time to plan out our activities. Start by setting goals (personal, business, family etc.) for yourself. Arrange your goals in order of priority and formulate action plans to achieve them. This simple exercise will give you more control of your time and make you feel more organized.
- Find a new Challenge: Learn something new. It could be something as mundane as acquiring more skill, learning how a certain part of your business works, to restructuring your business. Whatever you decide, give your brain a new task and you will marvel at how it will respond.
Managing a business successfully is hard work. If you believe otherwise you are kidding yourself. Regardless, if you are in business for the right reason, you will always find joy, purpose and fulfillment in what you do no matter how tough it may seem.
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