One of my dear clients and I have a standing lunch meeting at a local Indian restaurant every Friday afternoon. It’s a favorite part of my week. We always have a ton of creative momentum and get loads accomplished in a short period of time. Both of us leave (with a belly full of curry) feeling empowered, inspired and motivated about both of our businesses.
…Except for last Friday.
Last Friday we couldn’t seem to get it together. Nothing on our running list of tasks got fully completed. Both of us were distracted and a little low energy. We admitted to feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
Maybe we should blame it on the full moon…
But perhaps it was just ‘one of those days.’
Look. Being in business for yourself is hard work. And as a creative entrepreneur, you want to be doing a million trillion things at once. Ideas come much faster than the execution. And when you actually do finish something? It rarely seems good enough.
The highs are sky-scraping. And the lows can bring you to the ground.
Often times it feels like you’ll never get there.
Some days you question what there even is.
At times you wonder if it’s worth it at all.
That’s when you have to remember: Not every day is going to feel like a home run.
So on those ‘off’ days, I encourage you to give yourself permission do just 1 thing…
I believe if you take at least 1 action step to move your business forward every day, you will experience results.
If you’re not feeling up for a business marathon? Keep it light.
Here’s a list of 3 things you can do on those ‘off days” instead of doing nothing:
Post on social media. I bet you can manage to publish a photo on Instagram or Facebook. Do it from the comfort of your bed. Use 5 quality hashtags and tag a friend who might enjoy it, too.
Write and send a thank you note (email or text). Turn the focus off yourself and onto someone who’s helped you out. Thank a past or current customer. Show appreciation for your friends and family. A simple, thoughtful letter will certainly lift their spirits. Plus, it might remind them to recommend your business to a friend…
Get clear on your “why.” Lack of energy and enthusiasm for your business might stem from a disconnect to your big “why.” It’s hard to get anything done without a clear reason for doing it. Jot down why you started your company in the first place. Do you want to leave the world a better place? Maybe you want financial or location freedom. Perhaps you want to pay for your child’s education. This clarity will give you greater focus and motivation to continue on the journey of entrepreneurship.
There you have it! Now you have an idea of 3 actions steps you can take when you’re riding the business struggle bus. Sometimes doing just 1 thing is enough.
Here’s to celebrating the highs and lows of business and life.