With all the pandemic and political tensions, it seems like the world is on a mission to hit pause, move to planet Netflix and take out shares in Cadburys (or is that just me?).
Problem is that when you’re your own boss and running a business with one employee – you – it’s easy to see that things grind to a halt when you’re feeling demotivated or tired. And the reality is that creating an impact and making a good living running a business you love takes consistent effort.
Too often new entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed by low energy dips, believing that they should be 'on fire' 24/7.
As a former corporate mum, I've certainly been at the front of the type-A line pushing myself to achieve more, faster.
But the sooner you embrace the reality of the 'low' weeks, the easier it is to create a gentle runway out of the doldrums so you can take off again with motivation and direction.
These 3 steps are a saviour when those inevitable low vibe times visit so you can get back on track and showing up for your business:
Accept that you are only human, and be kind to yourself. For me this means a long bath and a good book, even in the middle of the day. And why not? One of the perks of being your own boss is that you get to decide when you work and when you wallow in some lavender oil. If the idea of this shocks you, have a word with your HR department about a duvet day policy.
2. Can Do, Not Don't Want To
Work out what you CAN do, rather than what you don’t want to do. Even small and slow progress is positive, so rather than drop everything, find the tasks that you can do even when your energy is low. Perhaps now is exactly the time to do those tasks that you often put off like logging your receipts or sorting through the pile of paperwork. Admittedly it's not 'deep work', but it will help you feel like you're still moving forward.
This one is a game-changer. Serving your ideal client is a reminder of the impact you want to make in the world and why you’re building your business. When I work with my clients, I feel in flow and engaged because I am serving THEM, not worrying about myself. So, offer your services to your ideal customer – for free if necessary – and get out of your own head and back to feeling energized. Remember why you’re made to do this, to contribute and help people, and to build a beautiful future for you and your family.
We all go through ups and downs, it’s a natural cycle, so having a strategy for dealing with the lows is vital. The stresses of 2020 will sadly persist, and I call to you to give yourself the grace of the lows, so you can appreciate the energy of your highs even more.
Let me know in the comments what your personal strategies are for getting out of a low energy slump?