You’re an entrepreneur and you want to succeed, right? I do, too! But here’s the truth – all of us have had days (and sometimes weeks or even a month) when we just can’t seem to get where we’re going. Maybe we’re doubting what we do. Maybe we can’t seem to wrap our minds around what we’re trying to write. Maybe our vision for ourselves and our business has gotten stale, or been beat up a little bit. Maybe a customer walked away with no explanation. As they say, “it happens.”
So here’s a totally fail-safe little secret – one way to change your results is to change your environment. Changing environment forces us to change our thoughts. And changing our thoughts affects how we feel, which in turn drives our actions, and actions we take (or not) become our results.
Chances are, if you are out of sync with yourself and your work you are:
- Hanging around people who are not positively supporting you right now.
- Tired of “thinking about it,” whatever the issue is.
- In a routine that isn’t currently supporting your moving ahead.
In other words, you are stuck in a rut! I have a 5-step “Vision Refresher” action plan for you. Time for a personal retreat. Here are your 5 rules:
1. Go alone, you don’t want to have to serve anyone but yourself right now.
2. Pack your briefcase with the materials you need to work on your “in a rut” issue.
3. Take along at least one new book you’ve bought but have not read (it can be a business book or fiction, doesn’t matter.)
4. Give yourself a minimum of three days (that means four nights away, no cheating and taking a half day at either end for travel).
5. Set an intention to rest, recreate, and let your mind wander.
Now, go make a reservation someplace and get gone. If you are harboring negative and guilty thoughts, remind yourself that you are the shepherd of your business and your soul, and right now for whatever reason they both need attention. Say “recreate” with a slightly different emphasis and you’ll realize it is re-create. You need to re-create something in your work, and in yourself. That takes a little time out. No reason to feel guilty about that, is there?
I’d love to hear from you what your “rut” is and how changing your environment got you going again. Let me know where you go and what you got accomplished. Send a picture, even. I won’t be surprised at the positive changes. I hope you aren’t either!