Entrepreneurs: Holidays got you down? Or is it the over-unders?

Written by: Dan Kuksa on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Entrepreneurship is booming all over the earth. You know at least a handful of self-starters personally, right? Maybe you are one. But if you or other small business owners are unraveling, it could be signs of burnout.

One of the coolest things about starting your own business is the complete freedom to pursue something you believe in with all your heart. I know. I did it.

Entrepreneurship has lots of benefits…like agility. It’s great to be able to respond to changes in technology quickly, or make decisions without a quorum or royal proclamation.

Then there’s work-life balance. Who doesn’t want a job that fulfills a higher purpose, and still gives you the flexibility to attend your kid’s soccer game?

But even the most passionate and enterprising founders can be ambushed by exhaustion, anxiety, disillusionment, and eventually, burnout.

• “How can I get this done by Friday?”

• “How am I going to cover that expense?”

• “I just can’t deal with that right now.”

• “I just need to clear my head.”

• “If one more thing lands on my plate, I’ll explode!”

Any time reality doesn’t meet our expectations, we could be in for a case of the over-unders: overwhelmed, overstimulated, overeager, overcommitted, undernourished, underperforming, under-resourced and under the weather.

Uh-oh. Now what? Have you lost your passion?Are you totally fed up? Is it time to throw in the towel? Maybe. Maybe not. For some business owners, it is the end of the road, and that’s okay. But for others, it’s a wakeup call to take better care of numero uno.

Trying to do it all yourself can be the kiss of death. When figuring out your priorities, put yourself on the list. We all need time to play, rest, eat well, and just plain process all that’s happening in our lives. We deserve it. We need it to survive.

Starting this holiday remember to take time for the things that feed your body and soul. With a little care, you can reignite your passion and love what you do again. Trust me. It’s okay. Even pirates abandoned ship once in a while to restock.

Dan Kuksa

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