The Entrepreneurial “Funk” and How To Stop It
Most entrepreneurs would agree, they love being their own boss. The same group would most likely agree that while entrepreneurship comes with many “ups”, it most certainly comes with its “downs” as well. It’s hard to stay motivated when there are days you feel like you’re about to hit the jackpot and the very next day you feel like a failure. “This’ll NEVER work out!” Negative thoughts like those plague entrepreneurs at all stages of the game. The good news is that if you’re second guessing things in regard to your career, you’re a true small business owner and on the same track with the rest of us!
When I personally first started getting into these “funks” dwelling on the idea of my creative media business failing, I tried to deal with it in many ways. At first, I beat myself up mentally saying I wasn’t working hard enough. It was almost as if I wanted the reason that things weren’t working out for my business to be something I had more control over, such as my work ethic. Like so much else in life though, there are always going to be a number of things we can’t control no matter how hard we try. Successful people recognize where they lack control and learn to accept it. When you can’t control a situation, it’s sometimes a very fitting chance to reach out to someone who can. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help!
Depending on the predicament your small business is in, “help” will vary. For me, I needed a business partner who shared my ideas and work ethic to help me accomplish more for my small business in a day. Finding a business partner gave me someone to bounce ideas off of and rely on. That gave me significant peace of mind at the end of the day, and for me personally, that was worth bringing on a partner.
The other major thing that’s helped me consistently with my small business is, ironically, taking breaks. Entrepreneurship is mentally exhausting and your brain works like a machine. It’s important to give it a regular rest. You can’t possibly work as efficiently and up to par when your mind is not fully rested. For a time, I thought “mental health days” were an excuse, but that was only until I gave them a real go. It can be a day away, an hour alone, a weekend getaway, or a full week vacation to the beach. Recovering your mental health is pivotal when it comes to making good business decisions and mentally surviving as an entrepreneur.
Above all else, whenever I find myself in a mental rut of “I can’t do it” or “I’ll never be able to”, I run the same thought through my mind over and over. Keep the momentum going. You can’t let negativity slow you down. Entrepreneurs don’t have time for that. You need to constantly keep on the move for your business to excel and succeed. Soon as you let that momentum slip, that’s when you start to fall into those mental ruts and doubt yourself. Keep the energy up and talk yourself out of negative thoughts before they consume you. You’re better than your fears and doubts! Never forget that.