It’s a new year filled with new possibilities, but some days it might be difficult to feel the optimism. Being an entrepreneur can be a crazy, worrisome, exhausting venture. It’s easy to get discouraged – to even feel sad and defeated.
Everyone, now matter where they are on their entrepreneurial path has crummy days, so here are 4 things you can do right now to make sure those crummy days don’t get the best of you:
- Pay attention to your body. If your crummy day includes a headache, backache, neck-ache – or all of the above, it’s often (duh) because you’re operating on overload. Pinpoint the cause of the worry, and deal with it NOW. My friend and expert educational consultant, Mary Peterson, says if the cause of her neck-ache doesn’t have a simple solution, it gets eliminated entirely, if at all possible.
- Practice rituals. Rituals are important because they provide an island of calm in a turbulent sea. Author, artist and creativity expert, Diane Cardaci, has a fabulous tea ritual that she practices daily. Diane turns tea-sipping into a special event. If you have such a ritual, take the time NOW to practice it. If you don’t yet have a ritual, create one. (A special tea-time is a lovely place to start.)
- Surround yourself with things that stir your soul. It might be one special item or many – a picture, an object, flowers, artwork, a view – that brings you joy, excitement or peace. In the midst of a crummy day, those reminders can shift your thoughts from sadness and disappointment to happiness and hope in an instant.
- Plan something extraordinary for yourself. Looking forward to something special is a sure-fire way to give your crummy day a good swift kick in the butt. What extraordinary event, trip, vacation, seminar, retreat, etc., is on your calendar this year? What reward are you giving yourself for all your hard work? Nothing on the calendar yet? Then it’s time to start dreaming and planning!
Look, crummy days aren’t optional for entrepreneurs. They come with the territory. They’re a trade-off for all the joy, passion and love we pour into what we do. But be sure you’re taking action – such as the 4 suggestions above – to make sure those crummy days don’t get the better of you!
~ Pamela Haack, host of the The Italy Retreat for Women Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs.