How do I stay motivated when my spark has dimmed?
As a business owner myself, I know this feeling can hit you like a tonne of bricks. Often times, we can feel motivated, driven and on-track to our goals, and then one (or a few!) things can hit us, and then BAM, your spark has dimmed and you feel you're back in the world of "corporate" life, working a job 9-5.
Perhaps you're noticing you aren't getting to the office or the studio at the early times you used to. You may be noticing the clock as it ticks along towards a time you feel you can finish - and these just aren't what you normally do!
We may feel we're not allowed to say that this week was a down week, but you are not alone. The thing that is most important, is learning how to bring yourself back up to the space you were at before - the buzzing, excited and motivated entrepreneur.
Here are my tips, that I find help me if I feel a low moment coming on.
1. Embrace it. Perhaps it's your body saying "hold on, we've been going at 100mph and a break would be lovely". When was your last evening of just sitting with the family, no phones out and no business on the mind? Perhaps it's been a while since you played golf (other sports are available)? I suggest embracing your moment and go and book yourself some well-deserved me-time.
2. Think about what caused this feeling. Can it be resolved? If it was what someone said, or something you may or may not have done, can you resolve it, to help you feel better instantly? If it was something someone said, can you find a way to share with them what it was that made you feel this way? If so, do it. I am sure they would not have meant to cause this feeling within you. If not, remember that people are human - we all have these moments, and they may too have had a down moment. If it was something work-related, perhaps you let someone down, send them an apology card / letter / flowers, to show them this was a momentary lapse, not only will this help them, it will also make you feel better.
3. Go outsde. It sounds corny, I know, but going into the sunshine (when we are blessed with it!), can truly help you feel better. Take two minutes, breathe in and out, play with the dog or the kids, or just simply be, and enjoy the warm air.
4. Write it down. Perhaps your mind is buzzing with so many things that you are feeling stressed thanks to all of the pressure mounting up. The task as simple as writing those thoughts down onto paper can help to pull it all out, take them out of the mind-box that is worrying you, and make them more tangible. Then see if any of these issues are solvable. If they aren't, then there is no point worrying about them! Work to let them go.
5. Speak to someone about the passion you have for your business. Sharing this passion can help re-ignite your flame and passion within yourself. Go to a networking event, if that feels too overwhelming, call up your mentor, coach or friend and ask them if you can chat with them for 10 minutes about the goals you had and how you are getting on. They want to help you get back to your old self too, so I am sure they will be there to help.
My bonus tip? Don't get stuck in self-doubt. It is a never-ending circle and one that does not pay you kindly.
Have you got any personal tips that help you get your spark back? I'd love to hear them in the comments below.