We all have times when running a business can seem like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. In this guest blog post from Lynda Steffens from Intuitive Practice we talk tips for staying motivated, focused and clear-eyed about your business.
Let’s face it – running your own business can be a rough ride sometimes.
The hours are long, there are never enough days to get everything done, and the cash flow isn’t always great (don’t get me wrong…building your own business is a wonderful ride – but the highs come with lows). It’s no surprise if you need to take a little time to fall back in love with your business every now and then.
Today, just for you, I’m sharing my top 5 ways to fall in love with your business again. Grab a pen and paper and let’s get started.
1. remember why you started
You started your own business for a reason, right? You were driven by something, a need, a desire, a love, a passion. What was it?
I’ve always had a love for helping others make sense of their world and what’s happening around them. When I first started my own business I knew I wanted to share all my knowledge and experience as an accountant and practice manager in a way that would help many other like minded business owners. I was working for a legal firm where the culture left a lot to be desired, the hours were long and it just seemed like it was sucking out my life-force. I needed to find me again and wanted to provide a flexible and fulfilling lifestyle for me and my family.
Why did you start? Write it down and stick it somewhere you can see it.
2. Write down your big picture
It’s very easy to get lost when you don’t know where you are going. And, it’s very easy to get disheartened when you can’t see the big picture.
Take some time to sit down and write out “What will your business look like two years from now?”
Be as clear as you can for me…tell me how many people work in your business? What is your turnover? Where are you working from? Who are you working with? And importantly, how are you feeling about it all?
3. Blow your own trumpet
I talked about this on my social network page last week and everyone agreed! There are many times when you are going to need to blow your own trumpet and tell the world how amazing your are. This is a hard one. I know we are bought up to be modest, to say nice things about others, but never to gloat about ourselves. But it’s time to break off those old shackles. Be proud of you and what you have achieved and tell people. Tell the world!!
Your challenge is to write down something you are really proud of achieving, what have you done well? And if you are feeling really brave, share it on social media, tell the world just how awesome you are and how proud you are of your achievements.
4. Celebrate the small stuff
Business will be a hard uphill struggle if your goal is a multi-million dollar turnover and you refuse to celebrate anything before that.
One of the best ways to fall back in love with your small business is to start to celebrate the little wins, as well as the big ones. Sign a new client? Do a happy dance! Complete a new project? Celebrate with lunch out.
Your celebrations don’t need to be big. A wonderful friend of mine and her team simply ring a bell every time they place a new prospect. The simple joy of running across the room to ding the bell puts a smile on all of their faces. So, work out some little ways you can celebrate the small stuff.
5. Take time off!
This is a big one for a lot of small business owners. You have a million things to do, and not enough people to do them…right?? I get that – oh trust me, I get that! But I also know that you are useless to everyone if you burnt out. I’ve been there…I’ve had days when I couldn’t move from the bed or the couch and the simple task of answering the phone or even opening my email seemed simply terrifying.
It’s the little things that count. Take some time out. Take a lunch break instead of eating in front of your laptop, go for a 15 minute walk, grab a coffee with a friend. Take a minute to write a list of little things you could do to take time off, and then commit to doing one of them today.
Good luck and enjoy the journey!
About the author
Lynda has more than 25 years experience in the professional services industry as an accountant, business advisor, partner, practice manager and consultant. Lynda is the senior success strategist at Intuitive Practice, helping brave business owners gain clarity, set goals and take action. Inquisitive and passionate about people and their uniqueness, she sees no limit to what people with different strengths and perspectives can create together.
An instinctive gatherer of information, a collector of interesting factoids, articles, and insights she always has something practical in her toolbox that helps you make sense of the situation and solve your problem.
Always generous with her knowledge, optimistic and with a contagious energy she is the quintessential success strategist.