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Maintaining a positive attitude: How to stay motivated when times get tough

Starting, running and building your own business definitely comes with its ups and downs, and as with many things in life, we have to take the good with the bad. It’s not always smooth sailing when it comes to business, but it’s important for you as the business owner to do whatever you can to push forwards and stay positive.

Starting, running and building your own business definitely comes with its ups and downs, and as with many things in life, we have to take the good with the bad. It’s not always smooth sailing when it comes to business, but it’s important for you as the business owner to do whatever you can to push forwards and stay positive. Remaining motivated during tough times can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Here are a few helpful tips on what you can do to keep those motivation levels up and maintain a positive outlook, even in the middle of the most trying of times.

Reach Out

When your business is going through a rough patch, it helps to know that you’re not the first person to experience it, and you most certainly won’t be the last. Whilst you may be the captain of the ship, you’re only going to make things harder for yourself if you choose to carry the burden alone. There’s no shame in reaching out and asking for help from those who have been in the same position as you in the past. Sharing your troubles and talking about them will not only help you feel lighter, but more importantly make others aware of what you’re going through. In doing so, the right people will hopefully be able to provide some valuable advice that just may help you get your business out of a rut. Having a neutral party look at the overall picture may also provide you with a perspective that could change the course of your business – and, for the better.

Step Back

It’s very easy to get swallowed up by negativity, especially when you spend so much time at the centre of your business, close to all the action. Why not take a step back so that you’re able to look at the bigger picture? Very often you become fixated on the small things and this stops you from seeing things as a whole – something that can be very detrimental when it comes to trying to move forward. In some cases, without seeing the bigger picture, it’s more difficult to spot the areas of your business that require special attention. Being able to identify those problem areas is the first step in improving the situation and distance allows you to do this. It helps you to focus, zoom in on the problem and tackle it as effectively as possible.

Take Time

A burnt out, over-worked and super stressed business owner is the last thing a business needs, especially when it’s going through a difficult period. At the best of times it’s vital that you take time away from the office to unwind and recharge, and this is even more important during tough times. Taking a little time off and spending time with those close to you very often helps you not only to up those energy levels, but also to gain a fresh perspective on things. Sometimes all you need is to take some time away so that you can return with a clearer head, a stronger fighting spirit and a better way of dealing with the obstacles in your business’s pathway.

Action Change

Part of running a successful business is having adaptability – simply because business is constantly evolving. Once you’ve identified the area/s within your business that need work, it won’t help to turn a blind eye and hope they’ll come right. Positive action must be taken and the necessary changes made so that the business can get back on track as soon as possible. Find the problem, identify its source and do what you can to rectify it – if something isn’t working, change it. Change may be scary but the reality is that it’s necessary in the ever-changing world of business.

Focus on the Positives

It’s no use dwelling on your mistakes – what’s done is done and now all you can do is learn from it. Rather choose to focus on the positives within the business and to put your energy into finding the solutions that will help you move past this rough patch. It’s far more beneficial to focus on what you have and how those aspects can take you forward. This doesn’t mean ignore the problems areas though – it just means don’t allow them to take over.

Every business experiences its good times and its bad along the way, but what counts is how you as the business owner cope during the hard times. Someone once said that “tough times don’t last, but tough people do”, and this is something that every entrepreneur should hold on to. Finding ways to stay motivated and positive during the darkest periods is surely the mark of a truly great business leader.

 

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