Ever wonder how to get out of a rut?
As an entrepreneur, we all will have times where we can get stuck in a rut. We might have difficulty finishing a task. Maybe we temporarily lose vision of where we are headed in business. Or perhaps we are so stressed out we can’t focus.
Whatever the case, know that every entrepreneur goes through these things – even the most successful ones. On the other hand, the good news is you can get out of a rut – break out of a rut – with a little concentrated effort.
When we are stuck, it is easy to become apathetic. Furthermore, that struggle can bleed into all aspects of our lives.
Having the breakthrough that allows us to break out of a rut and return to productivity and clarity, might take some effort. However, the end result can be very beneficial, if not even transformational.
Robert Kiyosaki was once stuck in an entrepreneurial rut. After a semi-successful wallet business ended up in bankruptcy, and a failed t-shirt endeavor, Kiyosaki was 38 years old and had very little to show for it. However, nine years later, he was able to retire at 47 as a multi-millionaire. Although, he does still write books and do some speaking engagements.
I cannot promise you will be able to retire rich within the next decade. On the other hand, who knows? Maybe there will be that huge development that leads to greater prosperity. Yet, at the very least, we can get back to focus, productivity, and clarity. We can break out of a rut once and for all.
So how do we get out of a rut when we do find ourselves there?
The following are some suggestions that will help us to get back on track with a renewed sense of purpose and passion:
1. Learn something new.
Whether related to our field or not, it is important to always be learning new things. Knowledge is power, and the more we know, the better equipped we will feel to handle anything in life.
2. Set a goal outside of your area.
Sometimes we just need to put our energy and focus on achieving a goal outside of what we do in business. By achieving a goal, we feel more confident and uplifted, and the apathy toward work will begin to fade.
Reading is a great way to distract our minds and put away whatever difficulties we might have at work. Try reading biographies of other successful people, and learn what habits they have used to become prosperous.
4. Take some time off.
Everyone needs to get away from time to time and recharge the battery. It could be a full blown vacation, or something as little as taking an afternoon away from the office and unplugging for a bit.
5. Set small achievable goals.
While it is important to have larger, long-term goals in business, they can often seem unattainable and far from reach. Consequently, try setting a few smaller goals that are more manageable along the way and see how productivity can increase.
If you find yourself stuck in the entrepreneurial rut, you are not alone. Even the most successful entrepreneurs have been there. Yet, there are ways to get through and back to the path of prosperity. I believe in you. You can be, do, and have, anything you want.
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Susan Sly is a best selling author, speaker and entrepreneur. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Lifetime Television and the CBN. Susan is the mother of five children and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.