Have you ever fallen into a rut that you couldn’t get out of? Whether you’re trying to start a business, grow your business, or just reinvigorate the passion you have for your work, it’s not uncommon to feel the blahs when you’re an entrepreneur.
A lot of this stems from doing too much and not giving yourself time to enjoy what you’re doing. Or, you may be frustrated with where you are in your business, unsure where you’re going, yet desperate to get there. There are a lot of paths that can lead to inaction, which often leads to complacency. The trick is knowing that you need some new inspiration, and taking steps to psych yourself up again.
Browse this list of ways to find inspiration and pick a few to give yourself a jumpstart.
- Read a few motivational quotes to get fired up.
- Doodle, color or do some other hands-on creative activity.
- Watch mindless TV (yes, really!).
- Go for a walk outside, and actually take time to breathe it in.
- Load up your favorite playlist and crank it up.
- Watch your kids play (or fight) for a little while.
- Start an inspiration board.
- Spend some time on goal setting.
- Reflect on everything you’ve accomplished so far.
- Flip through a few magazines.
- Have a brain dump to clear your mind (you may be surprised what you uncover!).
- Set a timer and get lost on Facebook.
- Check out your competition.
- Do something that makes you sweat.
- Revamp your action plan and break down tasks to build momentum.
- Create a mantra or affirmation to remind you of the “why,” print it out and put it where you can see it everyday.
- Watch the sunrise or sunset.
- Take a class, improve a skill or learn something new.
- Exercise your entrepreneurial muscles.
- Change your workspace for the day.
- Spend some time browsing Pinterest.
- Go people watching.
- Catch up on unread posts sitting in your RSS reader.
- Browse through the photo gallery on your phone or digital camera.
- Read a book.
- Talk to your coach or business mentor.
When was the last time you needed some new inspiration? What’s your go-to “fire it up” activity?