This year has been an extremely challenging year for us all, impacting both our personal and professional lives. It seems like everything in 2020 has required double the energy to get done. As the new year approaches, you may be feeling anxious about looking back at a year so suddenly gone by. You may be thinking: Where did all that time go? What did I even accomplish this year? And what can I do differently to achieve my goals in the new year? Some of us may still be mentally stuck in March when our lives changed so suddenly. If you’ve been feeling unmotivated or hopeless, just know that you’re not alone. This year has been hard on everyone.
If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner looking to kickstart your motivation again, then read on for our go-to tips for getting yourself out of this rut of a year and achieving your goals.
5 Things entrepreneurs can do when feeling stuck in a rut
1.Narrow your focus and set specific goals
As entrepreneurs your mind is always spinning with goals and dreaming of your project’s potential. But the only way to make dreams a reality to take concrete steps and set specific goals. If you’re not quite where you want to be yet with your business or in life and you just don’t know how to get to that distant dream on the horizon, then it’s time to narrow your focus.
Take that big dream and break it down into smaller, attainable goals. You need to give yourself goal posts to work toward.
Entrepreneurs who know what they want and have set a course are more likely to accomplish their objectives. Goals act as the homing device for an entrepreneurs’ actions. At times they may need to take a step back or sideways to continue to move forward. Like the North Star guiding navigators, goals help entrepreneurs create a new course after making adjustments.
When you’re stuck in a rut, you need to find new ways to gain momentum to lift yourself out. Sometimes that means work toward something small. Once you feel yourself succeeding and accomplishing your small goals, you’ll start to feel that energy rise, and the big dream won’t seem so distant or unattainable anymore.
As we enter the new year, try to think of one meaningful project or goal you want to accomplish. Refocus your energy toward that one goal. Take small steps. Not every race is won by long strides. Sometimes you need to pace yourself and start off slow to build up that momentum. If you take the time to nurture your small goals, pretty soon you’ll be coming up on the horizon of those big dreams!
2. Practice gratitude
Having an attitude of gratitude builds positive energy and keeps that energy circulating. It’s simple really: when you express gratitude for what you have it makes you appreciate your life more.
In fact, gratitude is one of the 12 traits found in happy people. “No matter where they are, or who they are with, happy people have the capacity to see beauty where others would only see ugliness – and they’re quick to express their gratitude.”
Happy people are also usually successful. Things come easily to happy people. Happy people attract more happy people who are willing to help them along the way. And in turn they will help others, creating a continuous cycle of people lifting each other up.
As the 8th-century Indian monk Shantideva once said, “All the happiness in the world comes from thinking of others; all the suffering in the world comes from thinking of only oneself.”
Get out of your head and stop dwelling on your worries. Don’t give attention and energy to the negatives in life. Instead, focus on the positives. Focus on what you have. Express your gratitude and appreciation for others. We are all happier and more successful when we work together and care for each other. Instead of looking inward and only caring about yourself, extend your love and energy toward the people around you, build up your communities, and tend to your collective garden of happiness. By helping someone else achieve their goals, you’re also helping yourself.
3. Gain clarity through fitness
If you’re feeling tense and unfocused, one reliable go-to solution is to channel that energy into exercise. We all know exercise is good for us. I’m sure we’ve all been told over and over again how exercise releases endorphins and hormones that make our brains happy and feel good. But exercise is also simply a great outlet for all those pent up frustrations and negative energies.
Whether it’s simply going on a jog, lifting weights, or engaging in some quick cardio, every bit of exercise will help get you feeling recharged and refocused and get you back on track with achieving your goals.
Just a few minutes of exercise a day is all you need. Remember, small steps first. You might feel too overwhelmed right now to dedicate a big chunk of time for your work outs, but you definitely can spare a few minutes! Trust me, it’ll leave you feeling so much more relaxed and stress free. You got this!
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4. Reconnect with others
When we feel stressed or down, our first instincts are often to isolate. We don’t like to let people see us struggling. We think isolating is the way to deal with our problems. If we get away from the outside world and just focus on our problems, then we’ll be fine, right?
Wrong. Isolating usually is never the way. While we think we might be sparing people from our problems or protecting ourselves from the judgement of others, what we’re really doing is cutting ourselves off from support systems and resources. Like we said above, gratitude fosters happiness. Helping others creates a cycle. Instead of cocooning yourself in isolation and trying to deal with everything alone, reach out. Ask for help. Surround yourself with loved ones that will offer their support and reassurance. You’re not alone.
5. Never stop learning
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Learning new things energizes us and keeps us growing and moving forward! The more you know, the more you realize you do not know. Formal education just scratches the surface and is a drop of our capacity to learn. Maybe you weren’t the best student or you feel like it’s been so long since you were in school. But there are so many ways to continue learning in life. Especially now in this pandemic, there are so many online resources to learn from, such as free online courses or even simply tutorials and lectures on YouTube.
Knowledge, no matter how insignificant it may appear to be, gives us a reason to get out of bed every morning. Make it a habit to learn something new each day. Treat knowledge like a new friend. Life is so much more satisfying when we make a new friend every day. If you keep at it, soon you’ll find yourself achieving your goals and reaching new heights of success in the new year!
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