Here we are at the beginning of a new month. I started 2018 with some very clear goals for myself and my business. I wanted to earn X dollars in sales. I wanted to automate my business as much as possible so that I work no more than 12 days per month. I wanted to take my family on quarterly vacations, get down to my ideal weight, and meet all of my financial obligations on time and in full.
These first two months have had their ups and downs. My company got acquired. I found a beautiful, exposed brick office space in downtown Rogers. I added new employees. I’m launching a new website and training business. I started a podcast; and I’ve seen my web traffic boom by a factor of 12.
January and February have been good to me.
They’ve also presented me with some challenges. As a business owner, I know that I can’t be 100% successful 100% of the time. I also know that I feel guilt, anxiety, self-doubt, and disappointment when I am not 100% successful 100% of the time. I will get low; and I have my moments where I wonder what the heck it is I’m doing.
So…how do I get out of a rut and back on track when things aren’t going my way? I have a few strategies and they seem to be working so I thought I’d share them with you so that, despite the upcoming, annual NCAA basketball tournament know as “March Madness,” your March does not have to be madness.
- I revisit expectations. Sometimes I have to have difficult conversations with people in work and in life. I’ve learned, though, that if I re-group and get back to a discussion about what I expect from others and what others can expect from me, I can get back on track and move forward.
- I read. I take a break from the strictly business literature and look more at things that I know inspire me. Right now I’m reading In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney.
- I get help when I need it. I surround myself with experts, hire the right people, and remind myself that I don’t have to do everything on my own.
- I share my feelings of vulnerability with people I trust. I talk.
- I reconnect with my family. Maybe we just go out to eat or all do a little retail therapy or take a quick day trip. I remind myself what’s important.
- I practice gratitude. I create a list of all the things I have that I should be grateful for instead of dwelling with disappointment on what I don’t have. I’m happily remarried. My children are healthy and happy. They go to a great school. I have a successful business. I have a talented team. I have a home and working cars. I’m healthy. I have love.
If you’re coming off a month or couple of months that just aren’t sitting well, then try starting March with some clearing and re-centering. Try something creative. Talk to someone about your challenges. Be open to change. Honor the gifts that are right in front of you.
March might be exactly what you need right now.