ACTIVITY BREEDS ENERGY
Feeling lethargic is a common occurrence among small business owners, especially if they are a solopreneur. My meaning of “lethargic” includes a lack of self-motivation to focus on what you know needs to be done.
I believe that this type of cycle can be broken by the introduction of a lot of the right kind of activity. Many small business owners have a home based business. The family, no matter how noisy the kids may be or the running of a vacuum cleaner, does not meet the criteria of the right type of activity. The right kind of activity has to be created by outside parties.
To give yourself a boost try one or several of the following suggestions:
☆ Find several things that you would like to improve in your house. For example, new windows, new landscaping, new furniture, etc. Now set appointments with the two vendors 15 minutes apart. That means that you will have to deal with both of them at the same time. Not only will this give you energy, but it will also give you the cost of something you would like to improve. Perhaps it will become an incentive to make the additional funds to purchase them.
☆ One energy creating activity that has worked for me is to make a series of appointments, 4 or 5 in a row approx. one hour apart. It takes you out of your office and forces a schedule that you have to keep. Your appointments may include a friend, a past customer, a supplier for your business, etc.
☆ One of the most effective methods of breaking this negative cycle is to commit yourself to do something that you are unfamiliar with. As an example, call your neighborhood “soup kitchen” and volunteer to serve a meal.
☆ One client was able to break his cycle by joining a local Toastmaster club. He knew that he needed both guidance and accountability to improve his public speaking, which he has been avoiding since his business started.
I promise that by implementing at least one of these suggestions or finding other activities outside your daily routine, you will find that hidden energy which will translate back into your business.
Tips & Advice by Nick Petra, CFP – Founder of Strategic Duck and BizQuack
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