No matter how great your life is and no matter how much success you achieve, you will get into a funk at one point or another. The key is to get out of this funk as fast as humanly possible.
You see, getting into a funk causes an entrepreneur to be less motivated, which can lead to said entrepreneur not hustling as hard for an extended period of time. What does that lead to, one might be wondering? Well, it could lead to an entrepreneur not making as much money as he/she could be making. It could also lead to one less opportunity, or a deal not going down altogether (of course, that is an extreme case and a result of a nasty funk).
Everyone has their own remedy for breaking out of a funk. If you find yourself in a funk, then use the four tips below to break out of it, which will lead to an entrepreneur getting back on track.
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3 Ways To Break Out Of A Funk And Achieve Success As An Entrepreneur
- Find Time To Reflect
- Fill Your Day With Joy
- Leave Town
Find Time To Reflect
During the rocky period that is being in a funk, entrepreneurs have to find time to reflect. This doesn’t have to be an hour-or-longer process. It can simply happen while you are in the shower or driving to work.
Nonetheless, during this time, you need to look at your current situation. How did you get into this situation in the first place? Is it a good situation? Are there things you can change to get better? Don’t just focus on the negatives, though.
It’s okay to reflect on a time when you were more successful as long as you are focusing on what you did right during that time so you can try to apply it to your current situation. Remember, you are only in a funk. Things will get better and you will achieve more success. Just use this time to reflect. Reflect on a time when you were much happier and try to gain that happiness back. Reflection is a very powerful tool, so make sure you add it to your entrepreneurial toolbox.
“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine
Fill Your Day With Joy
What does your day consist of? Are you spending it how you want to spend it? Are you jumping from one project to the next? Is your day filled with joy?
If an overload of work has driven you into a funk, then you might need to adjust your daily schedule. Instead of waiting for the weekend to do what you love, start enjoying life during the weekdays as well.
Take some time out of your day to do things that you actually enjoy. This time could be used for hobbies, passion projects, going on hikes (any form of exercise, really) or simply relaxing. While hustling and working 24/7 might lead to a massive amount of success at first, we are not machines. We will get burned out. Money is not everything, but your happiness is. You need to fill your life with some form of joy, and you need to be doing that every single day. That’s how you get — and stay — out of a funk.
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs
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We are not saying to simply run away from your problems. However, we do literally mean to leave town. Go on a weekend getaway, use some of that vacation time you have been saving up, escape from work for an entire weekend, etc. It’s important to have — and enjoy — a life outside of work.
Leaving town will help you gain back the motivation you have temporarily lost. Going on mini-vacations can also lead to you appreciating your life more for the simple fact that you have the ability to actually go on a vacation (not everyone has this luxury). For some people, this is a major blessing, a blessing that not everyone gets to encounter.
“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” – Earl Wilson
If you find yourself in a funk, you need to try and get out of it as fast as possible. Sometimes, simply getting away from work (going on a weekend getaway, for example) is the solution to getting out of your funk. Sometimes, you really need to evaluate your life and where it is heading.
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