As a business owner, there are certain things that happen to all of us at one time or another in our careers. One of those things is losing your motivation to keep your business moving forward.
It can happen for a lot of reasons.
Maybe you were sick and away from your work for a while.
Perhaps you went on a relaxing vacation or had a prolonged holiday.
Whatever the reason, sometimes we come back to our businesses less than excited.
So what do you do to get motivated and get your business mojo back?
Here are some suggestions:
Remember your why
What’s the reason you started your business in the first place? And, as I tell my coaching clients, I don’t mean the money. But what’s behind the money? What does running your own business afford you? How does it make you feel? What did you really want with all of this?
Sometimes we just need that reminder to rekindle our fire to make it a reality. I suggest writing down your “why” or creating some kind of graphic or vision board. Keep this where you can see it daily, to encourage you to take daily action to move your business forward.
Do something else
This probably sounds a little strange, right? If you’ve lost your business mojo, you should try to pull apart all of the pieces and immerse yourself in your business to figure out what’s going on—right?
Sometimes the answer will come to you if you step away and let go for a bit. It doesn’t have to be for a long period of time. But do something that you enjoy or something that relaxes you. Maybe that’s taking a long walk, getting a massage or reading a non-business-related book.
One of my favorite things to do when I need a work break is to take a walk and listen to music. Almost every time, even though I’m not thinking about my business at all, I’ll be struck with some great ideas that get me excited about it again.
Just do something to pull you out of the business mindset. Sometimes we all need a bit of a reset in order to come back and look at things with fresh eyes.
Change your scenery
In order to get those business gears turning again, you might just need to change your location. If you always work at your desk in your home office, pack up your things and head to a local coffee shop. If the weather is nice, work outside. Sometimes getting out of our element is what we need.
Revisit your business model
It might be time to really look at your business model and make sure that it’s right for you. Many people set out on one path, but over time, circumstances and passions change. Are you trying to force something that’s just not right for you anymore?
Go back to how you want to feel and what you want your day to look like. Is that what you’re doing in your business right now? If not, what tweaks or changes can you make so that this can be your reality?
Sometimes it’s something as simple as delegating work or partnering with a virtual assistant so that you can focus on the things you love doing. Perhaps you need to research additional income streams or change your path altogether.
Being an entrepreneur will have its ups and downs. But if you truly believe that all of the “ups” far outweigh the “downs” then try some of the techniques above so that you can get your business mojo back and make your business—and life–what you really want it to be.
Alicia Jay is a virtual assistant mentor who shares tips, inspiration and resources, encouraging women to follow their dreams of having a business that works around their lives—not the other way around. You can find more from her at newVAadvice.com.
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