Renew, Rekindle and Recharge
The continual stress from your business may be affecting your enthusiasm to the extent that your enjoyment of work and life is becoming affected. Studies indicate that even though you can mask your lack of enthusiasm about your business and also the stress, it is still visible in many ways. People can detect this, based on several things:
  • How you feel.
  • The way you think.
  • By your actions.

You need to rekindle your enthusiasm and prevent burnout.

There are a number of ways you can do this:

  1. Practise self-discipline, rather than self-indulgence. Self-indulgence is thinking about how you feel at a given moment, deciding what action to take, and then worrying about the consequences later on. Self-discipline is thinking first about the consequences and then taking the appropriate action. Self-indulgence always builds guilt within, but self-control gives you a great feeling of satisfaction and fulfilment from doing the right thing.

  2. Avoid negativity: It is very easy to get caught up in negative talk that goes on around you. Focus on the positive, because this will have a good impact on your business and personal life.

  3. Remember, you do make a difference: Keep in mind that what you do makes a difference in other people’s lives. Your employees have families who are dependent on them. This means all those families are dependent on you. The real measure of any success is the difference you make in other people’s lives. Don’t forget that what you do makes a diff erence.

  4. Be motivated: If you can, get hold of the motivational messages that are available on tape or video. You should constantly keep motivated and recharged, because if you don’t it will be impossible to do the same for others. Whether the message comes from your own religious affiliation or from motivational tapes or messages, from conventions or speakers, etc, it is important to renew yourself in your business life. Once you are renewed, you can help renew others.

    " The real measure of any success is the difference you make in other people's lives ..."
  5. Read books by successful people: The importance of reading is unquestioned. They say you should read at least one book a month. If you are in business, it is a good idea to read books about successful people. It can be autobiographies, or biographies, or a story about a person’s life and how they built their business. If you are a religious person, read Scripture, to help renew your thoughts and your mind.

  6. Focus on your long-term vision: Roger Crawford, the author of “How High Can You Bounce” tells us that “people without vision perish”. This is confirmed by the Good Book, which says, “Without a vision, the people perish.” The short-term things happening around them "bogs people down" and they lose sight of the greater vision. When Helen Keller was asked what was the worst thing about being blind she replied, “To have sight, but not to have vision.” Renew your goals weekly so you are focused on your long-term goals. This will lessen the impact of any negative things that happen around you, in the short-term.

  7. Manage yourself: Learn to manage your time. Follow the above proven tactics, because they will help you renew and recharge yourself. This will help you to be more creative and rethink the various processes that are essential to be a successful business owner and employer.

Believe in Yourself
Do you question your abilities and your worth as a person? Do you feel insecure at times? Do you believe in yourself? You could be suffering from a lack of self-esteem, which can take away your confidence.

There are many people who are not living up to their full potential and you may be one of them. Rather than being productive, you could be thinking all the time about what a waste your life is, and how depressing everything around you has become. Your self-respect may be reaching an all time low. It may now be time to do something about it.