Get Back in the Game: How to Get Motivated When You’re Stuck in a Rut

Running your business can feel like riding a roller coaster – and every entrepreneur goes through plenty of ups and downs along the way. Sometimes, this translates into emotional challenges as well – and it can be hard to find the motivation to get out of bed and come to the office ready to work. 

If that’s a challenge that you’re facing, don’t worry – every business owner has been there. It’s unrealistic to stay motivated and excited all of the time. What’s important is that you find a way to get out of the rut and get back into the game. Here are four ways to do that. 

Give yourself time. You’re human – and it’s OK to need some time to rest and recover every once in a while. If you’re having trouble finding the motivation simply because you’re tired and need a break… take a break! You’ll burn yourself out otherwise. Give yourself time for the mental and physical rejuvenation you need to keep performing at a high level. 

Refocus on your “why.” Sometimes it can be helpful to reflect on why you’re building a business in the first place. What is your motivation? Supporting your lifestyle, sending your kids to great schools, or having the ability to spend your time however you choose? Or are you motivated by the impact your business is having on the world around you? Whatever the case, take some time to reflect on what you’ve already accomplished with your business and what you’re hoping to do next. 

Make sure you’re working in areas that fuel you. Many times, the reason a business owner loses enthusiasm is because they’re spending their time on projects and tasks that they don’t enjoy and aren’t necessarily skilled at. Outsource the tasks you don’t want to do so that you can spend your time on projects that you’re passionate about. If you don’t like numbers, hire a bookkeeper. If you hate managing projects… hire a project manager! This allows you to spend your time in the areas that fuel you, which will make it a lot easier to come to work each day!

Talk to someone. Finally, sometimes it just takes some conversation and perspective to get re-focused. Talk to someone – a coach, a friend, a spouse – and be open with them about how you’re feeling. Get your frustrations off your chest. The other person may have advice for you, but they may not – you’ll be surprised at how often simply verbalizing your feelings helps you process them and move on. 

Don’t get stuck in a rut. These tips will help you get re-focused and get back in the game!