Partnering and Collaborating
Another way to manage moments of self-doubt is to bounce your misgivings off a trusted associate or mentor. Their feedback gives you an opportunity to reflect on the situation from another perspective. You can then choose to alter your direction or feel reassured that your decisions are already good.
One of the biggest companies in the world, Microsoft, wasn’t created in a vacuum. “Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning,” said Bill Gates, founder. Partners helped his company become better at what it does and achieve great things.
Finding the appropriate mentors and partners is not always easy. Look into activating your business network to find people who will support you and your business, and for whom you can be helpful, too. Having peers with whom to discuss your business can help dispel self-doubt.
Self-doubt will happen. How you manage it is important. It’s not a one-size-fits-all thing. There are some great suggestions out there on how you can do overcome these moments with growing confidence. The key is to recognize your self-doubt and not allow it to hold you back without causing yourself more stress.
Small Business Owners: Stay Motivated!
When running a small business, motivation is critical. You’ve got your to do list, you’re talking with your mentors, you’ve delegated your extra tasks, but you still just can’t get going. Lack of motivation is a definite deterrent to your success. Temporary setbacks and exhaustion increase stress levels, which leads to self-doubt, burn out, and an inability to achieve your goals. Feeling unmotivated is a way your body tells you that you need to be doing something different, showing you a need for achievement. That’s why it’s important to understand what motivation is and how it affects you.
What Are Your Incentives?
Incentives can influence your behavior and affect your motivation. Everyone learns from an early age that achievement brings rewards. Incentives direct you toward positive outcomes and away from negative consequences. Not everything that you do will be tied to an incentive, but much of what you do at work and in your store is.
There are two types of incentive-based motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic motivators are exterior, visible rewards. For small business owners, common examples of extrinsic motivation are autonomy and money. Intrinsic motivators are things that may not be visible to others. Exercise and volunteering are two great examples of intrinsic motivators. Doing good things for yourself and other people make you feel good inside. Every day, both kinds of motivation can help give us that get-up and go attitude to take on the world.
What Motivates You?
Not all motivators are created equal, and some are far more effective than others. So, if you’re feeling particularly unmotivated, then you may need to know what inspires you to do more.
Many of our everyday tasks make us feel good. We know that if we don’t do them, we end up feeling bad. Why? Because without them we don’t get the feeling of accomplishment we need. Without it, we can feel disappointed and overwhelmed. Our schedules are so busy. We are pulled in so many directions during our day that it keeps us from being able to do what we need to do to feel good. This has a snowball effect, and eventually we lose the motivation to do what needs to be done and begin to feel the symptoms of burnout.
Find what motivates you and put it at the top of your to do list. Without proper self-care and motivation, the rest of your to do list won’t get done either.
Celebrate Big and Small Accomplishments
A huge part of staying motivated is the feeling of accomplishment when you reach a goal. Celebrating your achievement with your team is a great reward and an acknowledgement of your accomplishments. Rewarding yourself triggers a response in your brain that make you feel good, and a celebration marking the end of a task gets you excited for the start of something new.
Always Have a Plan
After celebrating, it’s time to reflect on your next objective or goal and start to plan. A written agenda provides you with a roadmap toward success. If you give yourself time to think about the process and any obstacles in the way, you may spark new ideas on how to save time and money. Prioritize your tasks and get them on your to do list.
When making your plan, keep in mind that deep, meaningful motivators give us the drive to succeed. Research has shown that intrinsic rewards are more powerful than extrinsic and tied to very successful businesses. Intrinsic motivators remind us that owning a business is not just about money, it’s about the journey toward personal success.
Healing Takes Time
Recognizing symptoms of burnout and making necessary changes can save your business but creating balance doesn’t happen overnight. Once you address the underlying issues related to your feelings of burnout, you’ll reduce stress and feel better about yourself and your business. Learning to run your business in a healthier, more efficient way will benefit both you and your employees and keep you from worrying about burning out again. But addressing issues is not enough by itself. Rekindling a passion for what you do takes time. Remember to give yourself the space and time you need to heal.