At times we are in periods when there appears to be not much happening. Sales are sluggish because it's a slow part of the sales cycle. Summer has hit and people are away, or at least too busy getting things done before they head off on vacation. These are the times you will sometimes feel unmotivated.
How do you stay motivated? How do you spend this time, and ensure it is fruitful not wasted? What do you need to do to keep inspired and enthusiastic with what you and your company are doing?
"What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows." Ralph Marston
First of all, this may be an opportune time to reflect on what has occurred over the past year, or quarter, to take stock of what you have accomplished. What are your successes this past period? Where have you seen gains? What might you have done, if you knew what you know now? What are the thoughts of your colleagues or staff when they look back?
Taking the time to reflect and share with your colleagues, staff, or others, leads to planning for the next quarter or year. What do you want to accomplish in the coming months? What changes do you wish to make? What is the importance of making those changes? Using your time wisely to create a plan for both the short-term and long-term, is a worthwhile and important endeavour.
Keeping positive by acknowledging successes, even minor ones, helps you to stay motivated and engaged with your work. Allowing frustration and negativity to creep into your vocabulary, thoughts and actions, reinforces those feelings. It's that idea of the self-fulfilling prophesy; if we think it will happen it most likely will happen. It's important to watch what you say and how you say it. What is the message you are conveying to others and most importantly to yourself?
Finally, if you are still finding it hard to feel motivated and up-beat about business, take some time to recharge your energy. A little time for reflecting and planning may be all you need to regain your inspiration. But maybe, as was written in this column a couple of months ago, you need to reboot. What does recharging look like for you? What activities give you joy and inspire you? Whether it's time with your family and friends, playing golf or tennis, reading a good book or even meditating, taking some personal and quality time can lead to feeling better overall.
When you know you are feeling a lack of motivation, you can kick-start its resurgence by reflecting on what has happened, planning for the future, staying positive, and re-charging.
We’d love to hear from you. Our team at Community Futures Shuswap desires to be a resource to business owners in our region. We are experienced advisors with a network of mentors and professionals that would be more than happy to connect with you to help you get your business in the best health it can be.
Rob Marshall is the Executive Director of Community Futures Shuswap. For more small business tips and resources, visit beyourfuture.ca