It’s February, and for some of us, 2017 has not been kind. While we are only a little over a month into the new year, it may feel like it’s been 100 months since you excitedly prepared for the fresh start that a new year offers. However, by the time February rolls around, any enthusiasm you had for your 2017 goals and resolutions may be long gone, and you may be left feeling a little stuck in a slump…is this sounding familiar?
Bad news: You’re in a slump.
Good news: You don’t have to stay in said slump.
Look, being an entrepreneur or business owner is hard work, and it is certainly not for the faint of heart. You can go from “THIS IS MY YEAR!” on January 1 to “Eh, maybe 2018 will be better” on February 1 faster than the Atlanta Falcons can give up a 20+ point lead and lose the Super Bowl (too soon?). Not only is this feeling of defeat possible and even likely at some point, it is completely normal. The tricky thing about a slump is that it can feel like a failure when really it’s just a minor setback. It may seem like you’re barely keeping your head above water, but chances are, you can break free of this feeling with just a bit of effort.
Here are some tried-and-true slump busters that may help you defeat the feeling of defeat and resuscitate your motivation:
- Take a break
- Go on vacation
- Get better sleep
- Talk things out with a mentor
- Stop thinking so much
- Exercise more
- Get outside
- Make a list of things that are going right
- Rework your business plan
- Hire a business mentor
Breaking out of your slump may take longer than one or two strolls through the park, but there is so much benefit in stepping away, clearing your mind and making room in your schedule for things that are not business related. You are the only person who knows what it will take to get out of your slump, but for most people, this frustrating feeling is just a mental block that can eventually be pushed out of the way. Experiment with the above ideas, talk to people who have been where you are and breathe. A slump can’t last forever, but it’s up to YOU how long it will last.