Do you ever feel like you hate absolutely everything and everyone involved with your business? Do you wonder why you even show up in the morning? Do you fantasize about pitching it all and running away to Costa Rica? Do you doubt your ability to make the business a success, to make it WORK?
On a Day of Doubt, give it one more day.
It’s OK to give up on your business. If you are not succeeding, you may not have yet found your true calling. Or, you may not have given it enough time. Or taken the right steps. How do you know?
Pray for a sign. Why not? You might get one. Or, you might realize the signs have been there all along. You’ve just not seen them.
Is it too much to ask for a bolt of lightning?
Today, on a Day of Doubt…play “hookie.” Punch out for a few hours. Do something completely different.
- Read – fiction only today.
- Walk until you get physically tired. Walk for hours.
- Don’t speak out loud for the rest of the afternoon.
- Visit a cool music store and listen to unfamiliar artists.
- Draw something.
- Play with Lego.
- Play chess by yourself.
- Watch people.
Do something that you don’t usually do to unwind. If you usually work out, skip the work out and take a nap instead.
And let it go at that for today. Act on it tomorrow.
You aren’t quitting today. Give it one more day. The day you walk away from your business will be on a day of certainty…not on a Day of Doubt.
“When you come to a fork in the road – take it.” ~Yogi Berra
On the day after a Day of Doubt…
Head to the office. Close your door. Or, lock yourself in your car (without the engine running.) Today, you are going to think. Reflect on all that you have created. So often we neglect to acknowledge and enjoy our victories because so many battles lie ahead. Today, take a moment to congratulate yourself on your accomplishments. Consider these questions…
- Since the beginning of the year, what has changed…in yourself, in your business?
- What have you accomplished?
- Do you have a purpose in your business, a mission? Is your business consistent with that mission?
- Is your business supporting your values?
- Are you making more money?
- Are you making enough money?
- Are you reaching your goals?
- Are you having fun?
- Are you making a positive difference in people’s lives?
- Are your relationships strong and healthy?
- Are you fit and strong…physically and spiritually?
- If you could shut down your business with a snap of your fingers…would you?
Profitability can make the difference between a business that serves your life and a business that doesn’t. Money is terrific, but it is not the only measure of success. Does your business serve your life?
Place a blank sheet of paper on your desk. On the left side, put a minus sign on the top; on the right side, place a plus sign. Now, list the negatives and positives of your business. This is the classic Ben Franklin method of decision making. See if the plusses outweigh the minuses.
Should the business stay in your life? Should it go?
Add another element to the decision making process: “Test drive” the answers in your mind. Pretend you snapped your fingers and made the business go away. How does it feel? Perhaps according to the Ben Franklin test, the minuses outweigh the pluses. If you find yourself feeling deeply disappointed with the logical answer, consider how you can change the minuses into plusses.
Should you keep working your business plan, or change your direction…and your business? Essentially, it’s a spiritual dilemma. You are exchanging a good portion of your life for your business. It has to serve you and it has to serve others. Search your heart. Meditate. Pray. Ask God for peace and guidance.
Many years ago, a friend of mine successfully climbed a 24,000 foot mountain peak. Afterwards he said something that stuck with me. He mentioned that not everyone made it to the top. One of the members of his party struggled with altitude sickness and had to turn around less than 1,000 feet from the summit.
“He must have been hurting pretty bad,” I commented.
“Well,” my friend responded, “It had better be pretty bad before you turn around. Because once you turn back, the pain goes away. Then you forget how bad it was. And you start to wonder, ‘Could I have made it?’”
Now, you may choose to take a different route. Or change your pace, or your climbing partners. Or you might try again after you repair some equipment. But if the summit represents your mission, if you are clear on what you want, don’t give up. Just keep applying the basics. Improve your knowledge and skills in each area of your business. Make dec