Every entrepreneur has faced it. The mind sags. Motivation flees. You don’t feel hungry. You’re worn out, washed up, dried out. Whatever that electric feeling was, driving you on, pushing you further—it’s gone.
You’re in a slump. Now what?
This isn’t failure. This is just a cessation of doing, of being, and of driving. You’re in an entrepreneurial slump. You need to pull yourself out fast, because a long slump can turn into failure.
Here are six proven techniques that will blast you out of a slump.
1. Take a break.
A slump is often a precursor to burnout. Your mind and body are telling you to slow down and back off before you go down in flames.
This is the perfect time to take a break.I advise entrepreneurs to take 3-month-long vacations from their business. The practice, insane as it sounds, could actually be one of the most significant things that ever happened to you and to your business.
2. Make a list of everything that’s going right.
When entrepreneurs slump, it’s often because they are discouraged about all the things in the business that are going wrong -- losses, plateaus, competition, risks. Overthinking the negatives produces a negative response.
Try making a list of everything that’s going right. You could call it thankfulness, gratitude, or mindfulness. Focusing on the good causes us to be grateful for the good, which produces an uptick of positive emotions and physiological responses.
It’s no surprise, then, that being grateful can kick you out of a slump.
3. Throw yourself into your other passion.
Slumps are caused when your mental stamina stops and your creativity ebbs low. How do you regain those creative moments and the ability to keep thinking forward?
Counter intuitively one of the best ways to spark creativity is to think about something other than the problem you’re trying to solve. We gain psychological distance from the issue when we conceive of it peripherally, not directly.
4. Fix your posture.
Your posture has a lot to do with your emotional condition. The way you sit, stand, and move is intrinsically connected to the way you think—in positive or negative ways.
Researchers from Ohio State discovered that people who literally slumped over their desks were more likely to be discouraged about their job performance.
Shoulders back, legs apart, leaning forward, hands on the back of head, arms spread wide, hands on hips and sitting up straight are the postures contributing to greater confidence and mental wellness.
5. Spend some time complaining.
Getting stuff off your chest helps. What you might need to do is to whine and complain for a little while. Yep, it’s scientifically approved.
The process of complaining helps us to narrow down the cause and source of the problem we’re facing. When we complain appropriately, it refocuses our minds. You might just get a flash of extraordinary insight that helps you pull through the slump. But if not, you’ll at least have the advantage of knowing that you’ve aired your concerns.
6. Do something radical with the business.
To take radical action is to take risk. Some of the best moments in my businesses have been the moments when I’ve made a major move. The fact that they were risky moves actually inspired me, pushed me, and drove me to greater levels of success.
Firing an underperforming worker who may be holding the business back, hiring a rockstar salesperson, launching a new product, acquiring another business, opening a new location, getting bought out, or going public are just few of the risks that could blast you out of slump.
Radical moves produce radical internal motivation, and this could be exactly what you need to fire you up.
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