Learning to stick it out when the chips are down
When a business is fresh, as a business owner, you are highly motivated, energized, and ready to dominate you industry. This motivation is then passed on to your staff to execute within their daily interactions with your customers. However, when the newness of your business dwindles, motivation tends to decrease causing a domino effect within the entire business.
All types of issues may arise within your business such as low/decreasing sales volumes, unexpected expenses, personal issues, and the lack of enthusiasm from your employees. Problems such as these can come with no warning and can leave the business with damages for you to fix. It is hard to continue keeping the mindset of tuning around for the better when the heavy loads of your business’ obstacles are weighing on you. How can you overcome the feelings of doubt? How can you continue to motivate your staff if you do not believe in the success of your business? In order for your business to get back on the up and up, a change of attitude must take place within the mind of the business owner in order for a positive outcome to overcome the dark cloud.
Staying focused on the mission and the vision of your business can help you to get that motivation back. You have to concentrate on the bigger picture of why you wanted to provide these products and services to your consumers. Another way to change your gloomy attitude towards your business is to seek out support from family and friends. Although they may not know firsthand what you are up against, these individuals can relieve the anxiety by just reassuring that you are not going through this alone. The best support can come from business owners/experts who have been where you are. Experts can provide you with a “blue print” to overcome these obstacles. Attending seminars and conferences can also help you get an unbiased opinion and advice to help you determine how to move forward.
One way to eliminate one of the previously mentioned issues, personal, is to keep business matters within the business, and personal matters at home. You cannot be a successful business owner when your personal matters are coming to work with you. Sometimes it can be difficult to practice this method; however you have to stay focused on keeping the business, as a whole, motivated. In addition, it is good to take time away from your business matter to gain a clear mind. Sometimes resolutions to issues within your business can be found just by taking a step back from the problem and giving it a break for a while. (Visit this Small Business Tip regarding taking time away from your small business for some pointers: Take Time Away from Your Small Business
Although these tips will not immediately eliminate the stressors from your business, they will help you to stay motivated, in turn your staff, and customers will be motivated to add to the success of your business.
When problems arise within your business, what are some good ways you tackle them to stay internally motivated?