Tired of Feeling Entrepreneurial Exhaustion?
So, funny thing … as I’m writing this blog post for you all, this is exactly how I’m feeling. Absolutely exhausted! Kind of ironic isn’t it?! Entrepreneurial exhaustion is not something I usually struggle with (or shall I rephrase … struggle with anymore) as over the past couple years I’ve been working hard towards a creating myself happy balance between business life and life-life. It’s now been just over 2 years since I ever so proudly quit my day job in the corporate world. And, even though I’ve run this business for the last 9-ish years part-time, when I brought this business into my life full-time, I never knew what exhaustion actually felt and looked like. 🙄 🤬
The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.
~ Robert Tew, Author and Entrepreneur
I first thought of the sexy “build a business to have more freedom” lines that you see all over social, but what they were “selling” wasn’t the full truth.
So, based on my own solo-preneur experience, I want to share with you a small handful of helpful tips (tried, tested and true on my end) on how to deal with your entrepreneurial exhaustion.
Burnout has been defined as “a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It usually occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained and unable to meet constant demands.” Worse yet, it causes you to lose the motivation and drive you need in order to succeed. Or maybe even worse than that … losing your zest for life!
Well it’s time to beat that burnout! Just kick it right to the curb! Just like you did your 9-5!
I’m not going to sugar coat things … Being an entrepreneur is hard! Practically. Emotionally. Psychologically. And it’s not for everyone – and that’s okay. But you must keep your entrepreneurial flame alive and do whatever it takes to keep that flame from burning out. And by being here today, reading this, that means you’ve already taken your first step and noticed your feelings of exhaustion and admitted it early. The sooner this first step happens the better. Less stress, less struggle. And an easier time getting back to your old self.
Now that you’ve gotten the hard part out of the way (admitting your exhausted), it’s time to MAKE A CHANGE.
“While working to change the world and create true impact, you can’t forget to spend the time to live in it.”
~ Michael Donnelly, CEO and Founder of FWD Collective
As entrepreneurs we need to accept that there’s a lot of things we can’t control. Such as platforms we don’t own, customers don’t want to buy, well … basically a mismatch of a lot of things … time, control, values and confidence. Or perhaps something else. You must figure out WHAT it is that’s stressing you out so badly and ELIMINATE IT. Then give yourself some room to breathe. Yes, I’m talking about some of that good ‘ol fashioned guilt-free time off. (I’m doing some of that this week actually – leaving the online world on the sidelines, opting out of digital, forgetting Facebook even exists and just being one with the world).
Once you’re feeling refreshed and back on track, it’s time to refuel your passion. You know, the one that drove you to become an entrepreneur in the first place. The WHY you do what you do! And, learning to let go of all the small stuff that stresses you out to the point where you’ve forgotten why you’ve chosen this path in the first place. In reality, it’s all small stuff even though it may not feel that way at the time.
Feelings and thoughts are temporary experiences – even the bad ones will lift and go away. So, in a low state of mind, everything seems really bad and worse than it probably is. ~ Richard Carlson, Author and Motivational Speaker
Entrepreneurial exhaustion IS real, and it can be brutal sometimes, but we must not let it take us hostage and forget why we boarded this boat in the first place. And the benefits …
- You don’t have a boss.
- You can make people’s lives better.
- You can use your time better.
- You get financial independence.
- You get satisfaction from your work.
- You get a chance to continuously learn.
- You can fulfill your every dream (and those of others).
And _____________________ anything else your heart desires! ❤️
So, please, if you’re comfortable, share your story in the comments. It may help you release some of the stress you’ve been carrying around with you and help shed some light to a fellow entrepreneur in need, searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.
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