As you all know, I’m big on sharing thoughts of being happy and content. When you run a business, it’s all very exciting and rewarding but it is also stressful, tough at times and can have an impact on your mindset.
Many of us at no matter what stage our business has reached, can be on the verge of throwing in the towel.
It all becomes too much and we wonder exactly where our efforts are getting us.
I’ve been there on occasion and asked myself that question “why on earth am I doing this?”
The answer is simple really, I want it bad enough. Now I have to say that I’m not someone who sees pound signs and has this ambition to be earning silly money. Being comfortable to pay my bills and treat myself to new vintage dresses and of course shoes is a nice place to be with the odd trip abroad to explore with my camera thrown in for good measure. The thing that I want ‘bad enough’ is contentment within my working life and the good news is…. it’s happening!
I wanted to share with you a few of my tips for making sure you inject that bit of sparkle into your business.
Keep the things fresh that make you smile and remind yourself why you’re doing this every once in a while!
- If you work from home make time each day to get out of the house. Even if it’s a trip to the shops for a pint of milk, stretch those legs, breath in the air (embrace the wind and rain – I know it’s hard this time of year) Remind yourself that there is a world out there and tear yourself away from your computer screen or that product you are carefully concentrating on producing. Do it today…take a walk, take a photo of something that catches your eye. Something that makes you smile and keep a bit of a photo journal. I’m doing one, perhaps one day I’ll share it with you.
- Talk to someone who understands what it’s like to be in your shoes. There’s nothing better than a reminder that you’re not alone on your journey of entrepreneurship. Pick up the phone for a gentle request of ‘I need a kick up the backside’ if necessary, or even better arrange a meet up, take a notepad, grab some coffee (or whatever your elevenses tipple is) and talk, create, visualise! I promise you’ll feel the passion for what you do flood right back to you.
- Look back on what you’ve achieved. Take some time out and really appreciate how far you’ve come with your business. Sometimes you get lost in the fog of your own workload and you can’t see what’s in front of you, or behind you. The trick is, you’ve already made your path so far, so retrace your steps, look at each one you’ve taken. By the time you’ve given yourself a little reminder of your journey so far, the fog ahead will be a light mist and you’re ready to move on with a clearer vision.
I’d love to hear from you about your journey. What obstacles have you had to overcome? How have you managed to get yourself back on route when you’ve felt yourself drift in the wrong direction?
I’d like to dedicate this blog to Hayley Doody, a girl who shares my shoes.
Until next time…