How many times have you met someone and been blown away by energy and enthusiasm with which they talk about their business? You find yourself drawn in and wanting to know more.
As an entrepreneur, your energy is infectious to those around you. Conversely, recall the times you have met people who almost seem bored when talking about what they do.
Entrepreneurs don’t perform miracles every day, sometimes it can feel like you’re standing still or even moving backwards, keeping your energy up is imperative in growing a business.
As energy levels drop so does our motivation which impacts our own productivity. If you’re having a good day you can lead the team to great things, having a bad day and that negativity is infectious to those around you.
To build a great business you want to be operating with positive energy, but how is this possible when there is so much to worry about? Here are a few ideas that can help:
Understanding your own state of mind is the first step, many people consider this a soft skill that is overlooked and ignored. Through being open with yourself you can begin to recognise the signs.
If you find yourself staring at a screen feeling disillusioned this is a sure sign your energy and motivation has dropped.
The US Navy Seals are known for making their bed every morning this creates a sense of achievement and by doing so you have accomplished your first task and look for another.
If you’re not into exercise, something as simple as stretching or taking a walk gets your blood flowing. This wakes your body up, puts you in a positive move and gets your brain working for the day ahead.
Even mild dehydration severely impacts your ability to focus. Drinking 2 litres of water every day will lift your energy levels – you may be visiting the bathroom every half an hour for a week but your body soon adapts.
Staying organised gives you focus, having a working to-do list along with general ideas that support your business strategy allow you to pick up tasks at any time. If you find yourself plateauing have a read through and pick a task that appeals to you at the moment.
Our energy picks up when we engage with others, to generate energy for undertaking a dull task get some of your team involved and tackle it together. You will feed off each other and improve your output. If you are a solo entrepreneur, working in a shared office allows you to feed off the energy around you.
Having a trusted advisor to talk to can be invaluable, whether you need advice or are feeling low they will help you focus and pick you up again.
Recognise Small Wins
At the end of every day reflect on what you have done and highlight at least one positive that you have achieved, generally, these will not be milestone events but will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Finally, go and do something else you enjoy:
One of the reasons you are an entrepreneur is because you want to be your own boss and manage your own time.
This will clear your head and some of the best ideas come when you’re not focussed on thinking about them.
Written by Andy Wheeler – Catandra