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8 ways to keep going when the going gets tough

Uncategorized Jan 01, 2018

Life as a business owner has many benefits, we can often work from home and choose our hours around our family commitments, but it also requires a lot of discipline and commitment to keep going, as without us, the business grinds to a halt.

‘Persistence is King’, is one of my favourite sayings and I have often heard it said that ‘90% of success is just showing up’

Even if we accept that persistence is a major factor of success, it still begs the question how do we keep going, consistently? It’s easy when the wind is behind us and things are going our way, but what about in those moments when we experience a challenge, failure or even boredom.

How can we keep going day after day? Here are 8 ways I know to help us keep going.

 1. One of the main tools we can use to keep going is an awareness of our end destination and an understanding that continued efforts will eventually bring results. Just like climbing to the peak of a mountain, you can rest assured that by consistently taking steps towards the peak you will eventually reach your goal. So by keeping the vision of your end goal in mind every day, it will spur you on to take those consistent baby steps towards it.

But in tandem with that knowledge there are some practical steps that you can incorporate into your day-to-day life, to help you to keep going.

A lack of energy can easily lead to lack of commitment here are 3 well-known ways to physically keep your energy levels high.

2. Staying hydrated. In studies carried out by the University of Connecticut,

it was shown that being even mildly dehydrated could alter a person's mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly. Aim to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day.

3. Getting plenty of sleep means you will have more capacity to concentrate. Not only will you feel more energized but also your recall and memory will be heightened and you won’t find yourself reaching for high carb or high sugar snacks.

 

4. Avoid sugar laden snacks. We all know that sugar is bad for our heart and our waistline, it can also lead to energy highs followed by slumps and crashes. However there is also evidence to show that sugar has an adverse affect on our brains. Heavy sugar intake can cause a resistance to insulin, and when insulin levels in the brain are lowered as the result of excess sugar consumption, cognition can be impaired.

 

The next three tips involve balance.

5. We can easily get involved with a project or task so that we are completely absorbed by it and barely break for lunch. However regular breaks can keep our work fresh. DeskTime a productivity app, that tracks employees' computer use, found that the most efficient employees worked for 52 minutes before having a 17 minute break. Although you do not have to take these times too literally, it is worth remembering that longer hours do not equate to increased productivity.

6. Creating habits and having boundaries around your business hours can keep you on track. Make a (realistic) commitment to do a certain number of hours per day but also ensure that the lines between work and family do not become blurred. This will keep you balanced, enjoying both aspects of your life to the full.

7. Often being right in the centre of our business can lead to a lack of perspective; we can become obsessed with minute details and no longer see the bigger picture. Two of the quickest ways to restore perspective and balance are to get out in nature and or meditate. In both cases you will get out of your head into something bigger and realize that you are in exactly the right place at the right time.

My final way to keep going is one that is very often overlooked by business owners.

8. Celebrate. Many entrepreneurs are goal achievers who go from one goal to the next barely stopping to take breath. This can feel very much like a hamster on a wheel, constantly striving but never actually reaching a destination. If you can stop and take the time to appreciate how far you have come, and celebrate your milestones it will reinforce that you are well on your way and give you a boost and the momentum you need to keep going.

In the end it is the journey as well as the destination that gives us both pleasure and satisfaction, so it is worth using whatever tools we can to make each day a success.

Going deeper...

In my experience and that of the hundreds of successful women in business I’ve connected, coached and mentored, the ability to keep going and build a successful business even in the face of adversity and life’s inevitable ups and downs, takes something a little bit more than persistency alone...it requires one of the 14 Pillars of empowered success I write about in The Invisible Revolution, called Persistent Sustainability:

Persistent Sustainability = (Persistence + Resilience) + (Consistency + Agility)

It's the combination of being able to keep going and bounce back after a knock, combined with the ability to consistently take the steps that lead towards success while remaining flexible and able to adapt along the way.

With love,

 

Founder of Mpower for mum in business, Award-winning business coach & mentor, author of The Invisible Revolution

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