To Keep Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Strong In
opportunities and possibilities - these are
the lifeblood of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Yet with current world events, economic forecasts,
and the reality of your own bottom line, your
entrepreneurial spirit may be having trouble
responding. You may not feel the hope, see the
opportunities or imagine the possibilities.
Yet they still exist. Here are ten tips for
keeping your entrepreneurial spirit strong during
these challenging times.
is a perfect time to reflect on who you are
and what you are creating in this world. Does
your business reflect your principles and values?
Are you working from the paradigms of the 'new
economy' or the old economy? Are you boldly
creating your own reality or following others?
Reconnect with your passion and reposition your
collaborate is to work in partnership with others.
Who else is doing work that is similar or complimentary
to yours? Do they have a solid reputation? How
might collaboration be of benefit to everyone
involved? Answer these three basic questions
and then invite your potential collaborators
for a coffee and explore the possibilities.
with your customers, suppliers and employees
You do not operate in a vacuum. Your customers,
suppliers and employees are living this reality.
Reconnect with them. Now is a time for the human
connection. Shake hands, make eye contact, smile
- be deliberate in your human interactions.
Provide as much of a sense of stability as possible.
to know the people in your neighborhood
It is amazing the variety and scope of businesses
that exists in your own neighborhood. Join your
local Chamber of Commerce or a networking group
and get to know your business neighborhood.
You never know - you might find the perfect
partner for collaboration.
100% responsibility for your survival
When you accept 100% responsibility for your
own survival you stop looking for excuses and
you start looking for solutions. You call upon
your entrepreneurial spirit to be creative,
to find new and improved ways of doing business.
Your desire for success must be greater than
the forces that would like to stand in your
way. Roar like a lion. Feel your determination.
Move boldly forward with the courage of a warrior
or warrior princess and the wisdom of the ages.
Nothing helps us to see more clearly than
a good cleanup. Clean up everything. Clean
up your computer files, your computer programs,
your accounting, your calendar, your files,
your inbox, your physical space. Dust the
lights, vacuum the dust bunnies, re-arrange
the furniture. Get rid of anything you haven't
touched in three months. Clean, clean, clean.
Make a choice
You have a choice in how you react to the
events that happen every day. Remember the
saying 'if life hands you lemons, make lemonade'.
Choose your vision, choose your success, choose
hope, choose to see the opportunities, choose
to explore the possibilities. Make a choice
every moment of every day to feel the courage
and conviction of your entrepreneurial spirit.
Take the pressure off
When we are feeling threatened or pressured
our thinking is less clear and our actions
less rationale. Look at consolidating debts,
or cutting back on your inventory orders,
or sell unnecessary assets or apply for a
credit line when you don't need it. All of
these will help to ease the anxiety that usually
lurks somewhere between the bottom-line and
the cash flow projections.
Become your own best compass
Read the media reports, watch the trends
and listen to the experts. But always think
for yourself. You have a gut instinct for
what works and doesn't work for you in your
business. Pay as much attention to that instinct
as to the experts. You are your own best compass
and your entrepreneurial spirit is a willing
Read great books
There are great books that exist that can
feed your entrepreneurial spirit. Books that
remind you of the hope, the opportunities
and the possibilities. Read these books first
thing in the morning and last thing at night
so that you recharge your brain when it is
most receptive to this kind of information.
My own book, The Owner's Manual for Your Entrepreneurial
Spirit, is available at www.annemarierennick.com
is passionate about igniting and re-energizing
your entrepreneurial spirit. Through her coaching,
speaking and writing she works with business
men and women internationally to help them achieve
their goals, and find the freedom and lifestyle
they crave. Her latest book The Owner's Manual
for Your Entrepreneurial Spirit is available
in both paperback and e-book versions at www.annemarierennick.com
or by calling 613-257-4308