When you run a small business, particularly by yourself, the odd 'wobble' is inevitable. Little things which ordinarily we'd let pass by without a second thought can suddenly trigger an evening of self-doubt, frustration or a total lack of confidence.
Setting up and running a business is hard, it requires constant thinking, planning, experimenting and work. And let's be honest the little wobbles along the way usually happen because we're exhausted, need a mental break or because something didn't quite go to plan.
So if you feel a 'wobble' coming on, here's my 4-step process for restoring the balance:
1. Remind yourself that even the best entrepreneurs started where you are. We all have to start somewhere... they've hustled, felt like a fraud, worked hard for no returns for months (maybe longer!) too before they finally cracked it. It's definitely not you, you are good enough and you can do it!
2. Talk to someone and 'let it out', keeping it all bottled up will just keep it rattling around and sometimes a release of all those negative thoughts is all we need to feel like we can move past them. Voice your fears, self-doubts and frustrations to someone you trust and no doubt you'll hear very rational positives back to counter act them!
3. Go back to 'why' you are doing what you're doing to reignite your motivation. What are the reasons that you started your business? What did you dream of achieving? Are they still true?
4. SIMPLIFY. Be honest, have you been making it more difficult than it needs to be? Go back to basics, think about only the key things you need to focus on to move you forwards then make a plan to get yourself back on track.
Have you had a little wobble recently? What did you do to get past it?