7 Things To Do When You Are Feeling Stuck In Your Business

Feeling stuck and don’t know how to proceed? Maybe there are times that it felt easier to quit than to go on. But don’t despair. This happens to the best of business people. And without these setbacks, there won’t be much of successes either. So turn on the bright side of life and try these 7 things.

1. Rest & Find Ways To Recharge

Sometimes we want to quit because we are tired. And I mean literally tired. So go get rest. Take a day off and sleep as much as you can. Then after you have fully rested, find ways you can recharge yourself constantly. These maybe a hobby or interest such as exercising, playing the guitar, swimming or hiking. I have recently started hiking as a way of recharging myself and its proven to be an excellent way.

As a Christian, I practice the Sabbath, which is a day I rest and don’t do any work. Having regular (weekly, monthly, yearly) breaks makes sure we last the race.

2. Reprioritize

Being in the rut may mean that you have through time develop wrong priorities. Maybe due to our courtesy or niceness, we have accepted more jobs than we can possibly handle. And to make it worse, most of these jobs aren’t even jobs. More favors than anything else. And the time taken to try to juggle all these has taken a toll on you.

Now maybe its time to repriortise. A great simple way to do this is easy. Just list out the things that we do. Our task at hand will usually be listed according to the level of urgency and importance because it comes to mind quickly than the rest. Having had this list and looking at it (the top 5 things especially), relist them.

If you only had time to do 10 this week, which will it be? If 5 then which will have to go. And what if you should only do 3, which gets the top priority.

Relist your list and relook at it. Then get a clearer perspective if your stuckness is really necessary.

3. Change your routine

This may sound like point number 2 to repriotise. But 2 is about repriortising your task but 3 here is about time. Changing your routine is about changing how you use your time. What are you doing in your routine that isn’t contributing to your re-prioritised list? Well if there is, think about changing your routine so your routine covers your prioritised list first.

For example, if writing, marketing and networking is your top 3 things. Makes sure they are scheduled into your daily or weekly calendar first before anything else. Leave the leftover times for other things in your lower priority list.

4. Find People To Work With

We usually feel most depressed when we are isolated. We are disconnected from things we care about or people that care. A great way to get out of that is really to go out and find people who work with. Partner someone in a project. Get a paid volunteer into your business. Barter trade by exchanging skills in whatever that needs to be done in your office.

If you can’t find a physical person, maybe engaging someone online to do a graphic or writing work will work too. I enjoy outsourcing some of my art work to Fiverr.com and other freelancing sites. It always makes me feel that I’m not alone and there’s someone who cares to work with or in this case for you.

5. Delegate

Delegate some work to someone else. This is in the same spirit of overcoming disconnection as point 4 but this is more in the context of you already have people in your team or hired hands. We get overwhelm sometimes because there’s too much work to do for one person who have only so many hours to spare in your schedule. Delegating is about doing what you are good and enjoy doing and then outsource what you are not so good or enjoyable to others. It’s not call job dumping if who you selected to delegate it to is someone who’s different from you who are really good and enjoy what you do not.

Delegating is one of the key ways to build a team. I have worked in a non profit organisation starting with only 2 teams. At the end my stay, there’s around 50 over teams, all doing different roles in the organisation. All this is an attestment to the power of delegating. So learn to delegate to avoid stuckness in your businesss.

6. Don’t Quit (And Finding A Better Way)

I remember someone ever shared with me the key to overcome the negatives in our lives is not to quit. Duh! I know but seriously the way to overcome is to last longer than the devil. If we develop a persistence of falling down and picking ourselves up. No tiredness, lethargy, stuckness can stop us from moving forward. Don’t quit also needs another strategy of finding another way. Adjusting how we do things helps us not quit and break us out of our stuckness better than anything else. So invest in not quitting and finding a better way.

7. Change Your Mindset About A Business

The last but certainly not the least …. Change your mindset about your business. Is it a business for you to get by? Make do? Only get a pay check? or is it a business that helps to change lives. If you can change your mindset about your product and your business and turn it into the “WHY” in what you do. You’ll certaintly be able to overcome your stuckness because purpose breed energy and the better your purpose is, the more the energy is given to you to go on.

So beyond everything else, CHANGE YOUR MINDSET. Your business is life transforming and what you sell makes a difference to the people and the world we live in.

Hope you enjoy these 7 ways how to do when you feel stuck in your business. Yes it happens to the best of us, but the best of us has great strategies. God bless you for your leadership and life.

Building Your Online Business With More Joy and Less Pain

Persevere Joyfully.
No one feels totally comfortable. I say not a single one, not even those who have made it. Being uncomfortable and needed to overcome that pain is part of the business. It is because of the need to “cut through”. If this is what you love, persevere because persevering helps you cut through the crowd. Then you’ll get to the other side where only a few are left standing. That’s when you find a real niche in the market. It is a course correction for many who will drop out, but let it be a joyful persevering in the right path for you.
 
Cut The Loss And Start Again.
However on the other hand, if you know online business is your thing but you find it extremely hard going writing for the chosen niche, then allow me to say it. “Consider cutting the loss and start again”. It is comforting that through the tough times, you still believe in your online business. But if the issue is being in a niche you don’t love, it is better to do the hard work of cutting the loss, than to keep going. It will be a lot less pain in the long run.
 
Stick Through The Right Niche With The Right Routine.
Getting your niche right goes a long way. When you got the first part right, invest in a routine. It is the hardest thing to prioritise when there are so many things to look into. But if you are aware of yourself and what makes you YOU, you have a better shot at doing better. Are you a morning or an evening person? Do you like a quiet work environment or one with a little bit of noise? Know yourself and develop a daily routine that you can stick to. Research has told us that if something for a consistent 60 days, you develop an automatic habit. That habit of doing the right routine for your business is the routine for success.
 
The Right Routine Don’t Need To Be Just A Daily One.
A Weekly or a Monthly one Works As Well?
If you are finding a daily routine too limiting and doesn’t go with your type of entrepreneurial spirit, have a weekly or monthly one instead. But the routine here is a routine of review. Do a weekly or a monthly review to chart where are you and where is next place you want to be. It is imperative to review your progress against your goals. This is so you’ll have lesser pain of regret down the line.
 
Have Learning & Reading in your Routine.
Make your online business venture a personal growth project. As you develop to be an expert in your niche, have a routine of reading books, articles and learning from others. Read as many blogs of your similar niche either through articles, podcasts or videos. Don’t forget beyond the business side, to grow on your personal front. To be a great entrepreneur requires you to be a great person.
 
Systematise By Having Things Done In Batches.
I listened to a podcast a few days back.
It talks about how to overcome the problem of a site that is dying due to irregular and inconsistent generation of content. The straight answer to that is to do things in batches. The podcast propose writing several articles at a time. Do several videos in one shooting session. Spend the day commenting on the forums. Or do all the social media marketing at one go. Stocktake and critic your web design together etc. You get the idea! When work are batched, you end with products in batches. Then you have more room to play around with and you can release your content when its time in a consistent and regular fashion hence satisfying your site visitors of the content they crave. Whatever it is, develop a routine of doing things in batches.
 
Pain is your friend.
It’s an enemy at first. You get frustrated by it, you kick it and shout at it and you fight it with all your heart. Then you realise that after the pain, there’s always comfort and a new flow begin to emerge.
Your most creative ideas often come from a pain that spurs you towards a creative solution in your online business. I have made it a point to make pain my friend.
 
I will make it my friend but I will not try to change pain. Pain serves its purpose being what it is; a pain in our life that motivates us to do better. So building your online business with no pain is impossible but with less pain, we surely can.
 
I hope this post will help you navigate through your roadblocks in your online business. When you do that, you position yourself to build your online business with lesser pain.

 

Step ZERO of Any Step To Success

We live in a world of information abundance. Getting the Steps to success is no longer the challenge. We have it in our every advice from our friends, from the internet, from books and courses and even within our system, the 3, 5 or 10 steps to do almost anything we want to do. But yet people fail.

Why is it that nowadays people know the path to success but never really succeed? How isn’t just following the steps making it?

Well, the missing component is the step before the steps. We call it the Step 0 which is the most important Step before any Step; It’s the step of the inner game. The inner game is what is happening on our inside? Our mindset, paradigm or what our subconscious mind is doing is way more important to our path of success than any other subsequent steps.

The following video is the best of any new year message I have ever heard in the area of changing our inner game. It gives us the elements that is needed to help us to move to succeed. Before our 3, 5 or 10 steps to anything we do, including our club’s 4 steps to a profitable online business, shall we in invest in Step 0 about changing our inner game.

Watch and enjoy

 

 

What’s happening in your inner game? How are you taking your Step 0?