It's inevitable. At some point in your entrepreneurial career, you'll get stuck in a rut. Maybe you were full of innovative and unique ideas at first, but the day to day grind has really started to wear you down. Now a few months, or even years, later, you've realized that you're having difficulty shaking it up. You want your business to be a leader and game-changer in the industry. You want to push yourself to do better, work harder, and reach new levels. And you want to feel good about your work. But first and foremost, you'll need to get out of this rut.
Lucky for you, we have 5 ways you can get out of a rut feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on the work week ahead.
1) Remember What You Bring to the Table | One of our favorite quotes is "No one is you. That is your power." As mushy-gushy as it may sound, remembering that there's no one else in the world like you with the same exact ideas, thoughts, and plans, can help you to feel inspired again. You started your business for a reason and you're adding your own unique voice and perspective to the world. No one else can do that for you. Relish in that fact and then go kick butt!
2) Focus on Past Victories | You've had victories in the past. Point blank period. Big or small, there have been other instances where you've problem-solved, thought on your feet, and pursued and accomplished a goal successfully. When you're doubting your own abilities, remembering your past victories can help you to realize that you've absolutely got this under your belt.
3) Change Your Surroundings | We love this story from Shahzil Amin, the CEO of Blue Track Media - "Within the last year I was in a rut myself and thought I wouldn’t be able to get out of it, which caused a negative impact on both my personal and business life. Then one day I had enough. I packed 1 suitcase, moved to a new city, got rid of every person in my life who was bringing me down, and woke up the next day a new man. The day I started surrounding myself with people who brought positivity, motivation, and new points of view was the day that I dug myself out of my rut and took on this world head strong."
4) Play & Learn Something New | Whether you're learning something that pertains to your field or learning as play, teaching yourself something new can help to change your perspective and how you look at a problem. Need proof? We love this article on reconnecting adults with playful learning.
5) Take Some Time Off | Most simply of all, sometimes you brain just needs a break. Whether you take a 30 minute walk or a week long vacation, stepping away can sometimes be most helpful in getting out of a rut.
How do you get yourself out of a rut?
Story by: Isabelle Edwards