SBX 34: How To Recharge Yourself and Your Business

How To Recharge Yourself and Your Business

Feel like you’ve run out of gas, that starting a business is burning you out?  Are you finding yourself avoiding the important things that need to get done in your business?

If you’re experiencing feelings of self-doubt, burn-out, apathy, laziness, and guilt that comes from not doing what you know you should be doing, it’s not a confidence problem… it’s an energy problem. Today we’re going to talk about system recharge.

All of us business owners get burned out at some point.  Some faster than others, but we all experience it.  Starting and growing a business isn’t a steady and predicable experience, like having a routine job.  Sometimes it’s relatively quiet, but other times you have to go full speed ahead for extended periods of time.  Burnout is almost inevitable.  The key is not getting burned out, but finding your own personal way to step back and recharge yourself both physically and mentally.

Gary Shouldis and Mike Monroe

Gary and Mike met in person for the first time, August 13th, 2014 in Charlotte, NC

In today’s show, we talk about burnout and how to figure out the outlets that can help you relax, unwind and recharge your batteries.

Listen and Learn…

  • How to avoid mental exhaustion as you grow your business
  • How to reset the clock and re-energize yourself and your business
  • How focusing on goals can lead to burnout
  • Why you need to find your own personal outlets so you don’t get burned out
  • Why physical activity will recharge you mentally

Action Steps from this episode:

#1. Identify the 5 Things that Get You Recharged.  We’re all different people and we each have different things that give us life when we’re running on empty.  The keys in your identification are (1) be specific (“time with family” = doing WHAT?  Sometimes time with family can be worse than time at work… just sayin), (2) consider all areas of your life (there should be a spectrum here, that encompasses relationship, health, spiritual life… not just movie watching), and (3) actually come up with 5.  As your feelings change, which constantly happens when you’re feeling burnt out, what got you feeling good on Monday won’t make you feel that same way on Tuesday.  Variety is the spice of life for the tired heart.


#2.  Redefine what Success Looks Like in Each Area.  So you have 5 things here, let’s not take them to the extreme.  Of course you’re a business owner so you’d never do that.  But if the thing that recharges you is exercise (for instance), let’s be excited about the exercise, and NOT make your recharge contingent on (A) winning a marathon, (B) being a professional (insert sport here), (C) having six pick abs or anything else that requires a mountain of ambition.  Part of what makes something recharging is doing it for the same of doing it.  You don’t always have to win.  Really, you DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO WIN!  So redefine each of your 5 things to make them, ya know, actually FUN.


#3.  Communicate to Others when You Will Be Busy, why You are Busy, and the victories of your busy-ness.  FACT: this will make you way more tolerable to be around when you’re cranky.  But also will create a lot more empathy when you’re missing in action.  Of course if you’re going to communicate to others, you must also cut them the same slack when they say “time for ME now.”  And you must also be willing to tell your business, customers, employees, and your email, “Sorry… not coming in today.”  If Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A don’t need to be open 7 days a week, neither do you.  Sorry, but it’s true.

Links and Resources:

  1. – An Amazon company where you can download and listen to audio books on the go.

  2. The Alchemist – a really good and inspirational fiction book.
  3. The Strangest Secret – a short book/audio that can change your life.  Very inspirational.

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1 reply
  1. Becky
    Becky says:

    So glad you are back at it! I’ve missed your podcasts during your time away. Thank you both for doing what you do for those of us trying to break free from working for the man!!


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