Hello World, Brittany here, the founder of Women of So Cal! I am so excited to write the first blog post for this website. I am nervous as all get out to write for the world to see. Yet, I feel compelled to write and so I’m doing the things I fear most. Please read, comment and share.
This too shall pass
Sometimes the best thing to do to stay motivated is to understand the following statement: “This too shall pass”. Anyone can feel unmotivated. In recognizing and normalizing our feelings, it helps us to move past them.
The best advice I have ever been given to deal with a lack of motivation is to, “do something!” It is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things on your “to-do list”. It’s best to handle one small task rather than give in and do nothing. It could be as small as checking your work/business email. Lo and behold, taking action is like eating pringles, “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop”.
You are going to fail
Say it with me, “I am going to fail.” One more time for good measure, “I am going to fail”. There is no success without failure. There is beauty in opposition. Maybe you didn’t send that email on time or you forgot to reach out to a potential collaborator (P.S. I am guilty of both). What you consider failure may vary based on your perception.
Either way, when you have failed, the only thing left to do is to keep running. In the words of Bey, “Imma keep runnin’, cuz a winner don’t quit on herself” As cliche as it sounds, I know from experience it works.
Call/text your friend(s)
I have particular friends that I know I can call if I’m in a rut (shoutout to Eve) It doesn’t matter how ridiculous I feel or what time of the day it is, there are certain friends I reach out to when it feels like I’m having the worst day ever. I would highly encourage you to find a friend that you can call when you need an immediate pick-me-up. Feel free to call me. Sometimes you need someone who will say, “mhm, yeah”, no matter how crazy you sound and then proceed to pump you up with all of the reasons why you are amazing.
If you don’t have that kind of friend, be willing to be that friend for someone else.
Follow your intuition
The best advice I could give you is to follow your intuition. Everyone has a still, small voice or a gut feeling that lets you know if you are headed in the right direction. I have felt my stomach churn when I was making a decision and felt immediately better when I changed my mind. I don’t care if you have to drive 40 minutes in the opposite direction of where you were going. Follow that still, small voice. It will never steer you wrong.
What are ways you stay motivated as an entrepreneur – to keep going?