Well it’s that time of year. The excitement of the holidays
and a new year are over and you’re sort of just waiting for spring to get here.
You kept insanely busy with craft shows and making Christmas gifts, took a well-deserved
break and now you’re struggling to get started again. I feel your pain. Sometimes
the lackluster feeling and lack of direction are enough to make me feel like I
should have never taken a break. But the good news is, regardless of how
hopeless and unmotivated you’re feeling right now, there’s a simple process to
get you headed in the right direction.
FIND THE ROOT CAUSE
Determine what’s got you feeling stuck. You can’t fix
something if you don’t know what’s broken so it’s time to dig deep. If you’re
feeling blah, ask yourself why. Don’t stop there! Keep asking why until you
feel like you’ve really gotten to the bottom of your blah-ness. Your inner
dialogue might go something like this:
I’m feeling blah. Why?
Because I feel unmotivated. Why?
Because I feel stuck. Why?
Because I don’t know where to start.
Let’s stop there and say you want to grow your business this
year and start selling your products wholesale to retailers but you don’t know
where to start. Dig a little deeper and find out which aspect is scaring you
the most and feels unclear. Is it the entire idea of organizing your new lines,
creating a lookbook, approaching stores and setting prices? Or is there one
specific aspect, such as finding the right stores and approaching them that’s
got you feeling like you don’t have a clue. Once you have this determined you
know which area to work on.
“I don’t know the first step to get into stores” is a lot
easier to find a solution to than “I’m feeling blah.”
ONE TINY STEP
What’s one thing you can do, and will do, right now to take
that first step in getting started? Be realistic; no step is too small. If you’re
in a real funk and can barely stomach thinking about your business, then don’t
guilt yourself into thinking you need to do something monumental today. Reach
for the first step that feels manageable. Is it pulling out a pen and pad of
paper and writing your goal at the top or can you dig in a bit more and get a
list started of all the areas that need to be researched in the days to come? Whatever
it is that feels comfortable, start with that and tack on a little more each
FIND A NEW GOAL
If you’ve already set a goal for the new year (i.e selling
wholesale to retailers) and you’re feeling overwhelmed with it, it’s probably
too big of a goal to focus on right now. It’s great to set big goals but I like
to set it and forget it. Decide where you want to end up at the end of the year
and then focus on smaller weekly or monthly goals that are going to get you
there. What’s achievable in the next week or two that makes you excited? Figure
that out and write it down; that’s your new goal.
SET INTENTIONS FOR
Intentions are a bit different than goals in that you’re looking
for a feeling rather than a destination. If you’ve set a goal to “call 5 stores
in a day”, does that evoke excitement? Probably not. But if you set an
intention to connect with 5 store
owners and think about how it’s going to feel when they tell you how excited
they are to see your line, that evokes a little more feeling. Asking yourself “why”
you want to achieve a goal will help you get to what your intention should be.
You can get into the habit of setting intentions for every
goal you have and every task you have to accomplish. It helps you focus on what
you really want out of the hour, day, week, month, year, etc. instead of
mindlessly working through a list.
Do you have any steps you like to take to get out of a work
funk? Leave a comment!
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