Not just entrepreneurs but everyone is included in the struggle. Even as a mother or a wife, an employee or self-employed, we all struggle with staying motivated. Sometimes we feel like we may have hit a slump but that’s OK we’re allowed to have slumps. As long as we can recognize them and pull out of it quickly and readjust.
How are you staying motivated?
About four years ago I was thriving in my gel nail career. I literally had a wait list a year and a half long and had to plan out all of my holidays and time off around this schedule. So that means I found success right? That means I did it!? So why did I find myself feeling so lost and unmotivated? I struggled to get out of bed in the mornings, nearly dreading my jam packed day. Even though I adored my clients and most of them felt like friends or family to me, I found carrying on conversations day in and day out to be draining and exhausting thus depleting my motivation.
I knew I had to make a change. I knew something needed to shift in order for me to regain my motivation. But I just wasn’t sure where to start. I didn’t have enough time to focus on what it was that I really needed. So that was the kicker, I didn’t have enough time! I had to reassess what was more important to me. The paycheque or my peace of mind. There had to be a common ground.
It took a little time but eventually I was able to convince myself to shorten my days. Maybe a few extra dollars here and there wasn’t quite as important as my sanity. So I put this into play. Instead of seeing five clients a day five days a week I shortened my days to three or four clients a day, three days a week. I needed to rest. It was apparent that I needed some time to decompress to regain that spark in this career or I was going to flat line all together.
I love doing nails I always have. I love the creative process and I love interacting with my guests. So I needed to find a way to put the love back in my career.
So I did with anybody in this day and age would do, I went straight to Google. Literally typed in the search engine, how to regain your motivation. Well, clearly I was not the only one suffering with this loss of motivation and feeling exhausted or overworked. Clearly there are millions of us that lose that drive. So there is a lot of good advice out there. Some of it questionable, but most of it pretty good.
I started ordering some books. Books that would help me escape from my current reality, but hopefully books that also helped to inspire me to create a new reality.
- Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday
- Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty
- The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein and the likes.
I highly recommend any of these books. They are all easy reads also available on audible.
Sometimes, I find I need someone else to tell me my story back to me. To give me permission to feel unmotivated or sluggish. Someone that can relate to what I’m going through so I don’t feel so isolated or alone.
I didn’t just drown myself in books. I also took long walks down by the river with my dogs. Took up meditation as inspired by Gabby Bernstein. A real spiritual leader.
I started to draw and doodle and practice some of my other talents that I knew I had.
I dove into Podcasts like:
Again, these are all incredible resources to help pull you out of a funk. Supporting stories and tangible advice from people who are honest about the struggles and honest about pushing through.
Burn out is a real thing. And I think that comes shortly After losing motivation. If we’re not careful and keep pushing through this lack of drive, we will burn ourselves out. We will flat line in our career. We must make time for ourselves in all areas of our lives.
If, you are struggling with your motivation right now I encourage you to look at some of these resources. They have certainly helped to turn things around for me. Not just four years ago, but also throughout Covid. Continually hearing stories of others going through the same challenges and also professionals giving you the tools that you need to pick yourself back up again and brush yourself off.
I have many more tricks up my sleeve that help me stay on track. if, you are struggling with this at the moment please reach out to me. I would love to share with you some great and wonderful ways that I have found to deal with my own struggles. I am always here to answer questions and help in any way that I can. We can’t be these bad-ass boss-babes without a little downtime. Without a little spiritual re-connection. Without rest.
Love you all so much! Thank you for your continuous support and following along on my journey. I hope to help as many others on their journey as possible.