I’ve coached women entrepreneurs for many years and in the past few years I’ve seen more symptoms of business burn out than I ever have before. Yes, it’s harder to start and grow a business in an uncertain economy but it seems to be more encompassing than job stress. There seems to be an overall sense of tiredness and discouragement – a loss of passion.
Let’s be real – owning a business is not easy. Whether it is a storefront, a network marketing business or a home-based business, in order to succeed you have to give it 110% of your time, energy and effort. But, there comes a time to ask yourself if it is worth it – is it worth to yourself, your family and your community.
If you’re physically and emotionally tired, discouraged and even overwhelmed, is it time to step back and analyze where you’re going in your career and if you’re heading in a healthy and productive direction?
1. Do you work long hours without a break to exercise or unwind?
2. Are you feeling not appreciated for all the work you’re doing and the hours you’re working?
3. On a regular basis, are you beginning to experience physical symptoms like headaches, indigestion, muscle cramps or insomnia?
4. When is the last time you took 7 – 14 days for yourself to relax and rejuvenate?
5. Are you not as excited as you used to be to network, talk with new customers/clients or even go to work?
Job, career and business burn out is real – the stress you are feeling is real. As a business owner you are responsible for the success of your business and all the pressures that go along with that responsibility. The best thing to do is nip burn out in the bud – step back, recognize and acknowledge that you are stressed. Once you acknowledge the negative feelings, you can begin finding workable solutions to remedy the challenges that are causing the stress.
· Can you outsource some of your work?
· Can you cut your hours?
· Can you take a few days away from your computer?
· Can you make time to exercise more often?
· Should you hire a coach or seek out a mentor?
· Can you manage your time and energy more effectively?
· Should you seek out a partner to share in the business?
· Is it time to ask for help?
· Should you say “no” more often?
· Could your expectations be too high for yourself and your business?
Here’s my advice: Make the time to sit and think clearly. Analyze your vision, your purpose and your goals. What is out of balance in your life? What can you change to take some of the pressure off yourself? Are you sure you want to continue working your business?
Nothing is going to change unless and until you decide change it. Change begins with a decision that you want things to be different and then, deciding to follow through with positive action.
The main question becomes: Are you willing to continue with the way things are right now or, are you willing to change what isn’t working into something more positive, productive and less stressful?
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