If you want to get away from the world of corporate business this year to spread your wings elsewhere, we don’t blame you. The business world is a complex and stressful place, and between your deadlines, employee drama and the pension scheme: working in an office can get old real fast.
Posts Tagged ‘Motivation’
Dang, it’s hot outside! The summer sun has a magical property. It has a way of making us a little brighter, a little cheerier and a little more optimistic. It can turn even the most quotidian of things like a stroll in the park into a kaleidoscope of colors, scents and sounds and a treat for all the senses. It’s a time for picnics, garden parties, barbecues and consuming two thirds of your body weight in ice cream. But as welcome as the summer sun may be, it’s also the source of lethargy and distraction in the workplace. In fact, the “summer slump” is a well documented drain on workplace productivity and many corporations take big steps to mitigate its effects on their workforce.
Team building activities can be some of the best ways in which to bring your team closer together. Some business owners see this as a means to bring the team together, to promote synergy, and to hopefully achieve more effective results via their company lens. This is all true, and is worth the price of admission alone. However, depending on what form of team building activities you choose, there could be much more value in this investment than you might have intended.
Look, at time of writing, the sun is shining and summer is in full swing. And what are you doing? We don’t know – we aren’t stalkers – but if you run your own business, you are probably sat in the office, or wherever else you place your butt while at work. And that’s kind of okay; you do need to make money, after all. But all work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull boy (or girl), so it may be time you took a break.
Listen, these are the signs that you really do need to stop for a while.
Starting your own business can be daunting even if you’re, brimming with an entrepreneurial spirit and a big reason for that is down to the stark fact that roughly 80 percent of new businesses fail in the first year and half will be out of business by the time the five-year mark rolls around – that’s pretty scary! Imagine pouring all of your hopes, dreams, and money into a new company that folds soon after – no one wants that!
The good news is that although many startups fail, there are still many who do not and if you can make it through those first few years, you have a very good chance of still being in business 10, 20 even 30 years down the line. Not only that, but there are lots of things you can do to tip the odds in your favor and get through those early years a little easier…
I truly believe words can be powerful motivators. So if you want this to be your year of positive change, let the words in these 100 inspiring quotes guide you forward:
1. If you dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney
2. Don’t look back. You’re not going that way. – Anon
3. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. – Anon
Be honest. You hate getting criticized.
Of course you do. It’s human nature. None of us like to be critiqued, and we definitely don’t like to admit we are wrong (just ask my husband 🙂 ).
But as an entrepreneur, accepting criticism is one of the best things you can do for your business. Because the truth is, you won’t get your business right the first time you launch it. You’ll think you got it right. You’ll launch it and you’ll feel a burst of pride in your new baby. All your time, stress and hard work will have grown something that you are truly proud of, so its inconceivable that other people just might not like it as much as you.
The fact you are on my website means that, on some conscious or subconscious level, you do have a desire to start your own business. Perhaps you are unhappy in your job. Maybe you want something more rewarding in your life. Perhaps you want success. You might simply want a better balance between work and family life. Perhaps you are due to go on maternity leave and you are worried that your employment isn’t going to cover the cost of childcare when you return. Or perhaps you are just bored and frustrated at the 9-5 commute and you want freedom.