It doesn’t matter: if you are a young entrepreneur or experienced, there are challenges that will arise that will make or break your goal of becoming successful. A major hurdle to overcome will be staying energized and avoiding burnout through your intense and sustaining workload.
Truly, this is a challenge almost every professional must work through, whether they are thriving or not. However, entrepreneurs have an especially rough time with remaining energetic and focused. Combat this struggle by making your startup have a purpose, not just a means to make money. Your business is how you are making a difference in the world, make sure your team understands that and shares the same mission, meaning, and purpose.
Remember that you are only human…which means you have to take care of yourself. No one can make it on a protein bar and 2 hours of sleep each day—pushing yourself past the recommended physical and mental limits are hurting you, not helping. Prioritize sleep and the time you spend relaxing by planning to eat dinner with your family every night or taking your kids to the park. You need to unwind in order to recharge.
Surround yourself with a strong support system and allow them to energize and inspire you. It isn’t easy constantly performing at your best, but if you let others help that kindness and motivation will go a long way. Find some good people and create a happier environment.
Stay positive and look for little adjustments that you can make to your schedule that will encourage health and joy. Such adjustments could be drinking more water, testing out Bulletproof coffee, go for a walk, perform a random act of kindness—it doesn’t have to be huge, just enjoyable. Being an entrepreneur isn’t for the light-hearted, but it gives back a mighty rewarding life if you let it.