Don't Emotionally Check Out of Your Business
Everyone in business knows it's stressful, there's nothing new there. Stressed and overwhelmed is sometimes good, at least you know you're still emotionally invested in your business. It's the moment that you switch over to indifference, that's when you need to get out - quick.
Do you watch The Block? I was watching the couple Tim & Anastasia last night and you can tell in their faces and attitudes that they're emotionally checked out. They no longer care about the end result, they're just passing the time. It's no surprise that it shows everywhere. People often underestimate the effect that an owners emotional state and mindset has on the performance of the business. Business is a personal thing.
The owner and all of the people that work within the business have a huge impact on the success and the second that someone emotionally checks out and becomes "over it" the business inevitably goes on a rapid decline. My advice is, if you've started a business and you find it's just not for you, do what you have to until you can do what you want to. Once the business is in a great position to sell, pass it on to someone with renewed energy and enthusiasm and go and find what makes your heart sing again.
If you want to fall in love with your business again, take a moment to reflect. Take a week off, have a rest and gain new and fresh perspective. Write down why you started in the first place. Define what your ideal life is and strategise to work out a way for your business to create that for you. You may find with a few small tweaks, you can improve your business and your wellbeing.
"If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost a certain - you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost;
For out in this world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you're outclassed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man (or woman!) who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!"
- Walter D. Wintle