Running a business can be difficult – even in the best times. It is important to remember that nearly all entrepreneurs experience hard times, as well as business or personal stress. At times this stress can be so overwhelming that you may feel like giving up on your business altogether. If you are stuck in a bad place and you feel that you are losing the necessary motivation to carry on with your business, I want to provide you with a few ideas to help you to overcome these inevitable touch times that comes with being an entrepreneur.
1. Take it one day at a time.
Rather you are a fulltime entrepreneur or a Sidepreneur, your dreams of business ownership and growth can push you to work endless hours in an effort to accomplish all of the necessary tasks. Stop. Give yourself a break. It is impossible to build Rome in a day and that rule also applies to grow your business.
2. Write down your thoughts.
People who are entrepreneurs are often thinkers and are usually very much in their own head. Sometimes all of that thinking can cause you to feel as though you are drowning in your thoughts. One of the best ways to understand your thoughts and feelings is to write them down on paper, especially a journal. You can begin the process by starting by writing down your immediate problems, you should create a list of solutions to those problems and include all of the possible outcomes
Now that you have released your burdens onto the paper, it is time to strengthen your hopes and renew your motivation. Start by writing down your initial reason for starting your business. What did you want from your business when you first started out? Did you start out in hopes of having more free time or perhaps more financial security? Remind yourself of your initial goals and compare them to where you are right now. You may find that your business is doing much better than you think. Or you may find that you may need to do some readjustments or tweaking to your initial goals.
3. Break your big projects into smaller pieces.
Begin the process of creating a plan by first making sure that you clearly understand the tasks at hand as well as the deadlines. The next step is to organize all of the pieces of the plan into an order. You can decide what order those pieces go into based on several criteria including the following:
• Client needs
No matter what type of business you run or what your personal preferences are, you must put your clients first in order to run a successful business. If your client needs a delivery by a starting date, then that will be the first determinant in the order.
• Availability of people and tools.
Your timeline will be affected by the schedule of receiving resources, the arrival of outsourced material, the set schedule for employees, etc. Your timeline will be based on the amount of time that it takes for you to turnaround deliveries.
Dealing with stress as an entrepreneur requires you to first acknowledge what is actually stressing you. Stress does not necessarily come from one’s actual reality of the situation, but it comes from the thoughts of perceived reality that can become quite overwhelming. Writing your feelings and thoughts down on a piece of paper is that you get a chance to separate the emotions from the reality which can make any situation fixable.