I don’t wanna.
I guess I should start on…SQUIRREL!
Confession time: As I sat down to start writing, I had an overwhelming desire to do ANYTHING else but write this. Yes, anything…even paying bills ahead of time. Ahead of time.
Why does this happen? Maybe it’s because it’s a gloomy, rainy, Friday…or maybe it’s because there is nothing left to to write about…or maybe it’s time to give up this solo business thing and get a job at Starbucks.
See how quickly (and easily) this very normal feeling can take a serious turn for the worst? It’s easy to go from zero to unworthy in 0.5 seconds.
But here’s the truth: Feeling unmotivated has nothing to do with your capability, dedication, talent, skills, potential, or even your pay grade. But it has everything to do with being a human being (and not a robot.)
Yeah, that’s right. You might have forgotten as you are toiling away at your business, kicking ass, and taking names that you are a living, breathing organism that needs things like rest, food, love, and oh yeah maybe a Netflix binge or two.Just because you don’t feel the hustle in you one day, doesn’t mean it won’t come back the next. Click To Tweet
Think about it. How was your week? Did you get out of the house more than twice? How was lunch? Was it eaten / scarfed over reading through emails at your desk? Did you eat it at all? Have you let yourself NOT think about work for a bit? How many hours of sleep are you getting?
Yeah. Thought so.
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be 100% thrilled about what we are working on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Maybe that’s because most other solopreneurs out there on social media are ONLY talking about their excitement and not their struggles — unless it’s only to foray into a sales pitch about something they’ve overcome and now want to sell you on how they did it…but that’s a story for another day.) But that’s bullshit. Running a solo biz takes up a lot of your mental, physical, and emotional space. Of course you’re sometimes going to feel like you’d rather be doing ANYTHING else. (Stephen King so strikingly reminded us of this in his movie The Shining with: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.)
But what if feeling unmotivated really means that this isn’t your life’s work, this isn’t the success that you wanted, or that’s it’s time to throw in the towel on this venture?
Honestly, I don’t know. (Not the pep-talk you were expecting, huh?) I can’t answer that question for you. It’s true that sometimes, your heart resists but your brain persists. Meaning, your heart can know that it’s time to let go of this, or that it’s time to finally go after that…before your brain has a chance to catch up.
So how can we tell the difference between the tides of motivation and your deepest desires trying to make themselves heard?
TRY THIS FIRST:
- Take a break (I know, crazy, right?)
- Come back the next hour/afternoon/day/week and then ask yourself “Even though I know there will be struggles, do I still want to do this?”
- If the answer is yes, then giddy-up cowgirl (or boy).
- If no, then what it is that you really want to be doing instead? Yeah. Start pursuing that.
So the next time you are met with a highly caffeinated, fellow entrepreneur who can’t wait to show you their newly organized color-coded planner and the 50 blog posts they cranked out while making a farm fresh meal and individualized gifts for their dinner party guests that night when all you did was watch episodes of Scrubs on Netflix while eating pretzels…I leave you with this advice:
Take a break, for safety’s sake.
(Literally and figuratively.)