You're Your Own Biggest Fan: Pep Talk Tips and When You Need Them
There's an old saying that states we're our own biggest critics; it's a statement that's often true. But did you know you can also be your own biggest fan? Often at the same time. As opposite as those approaches might sound, standing in two separate camps – simultaneously – is a common business reality. Even without meaning to, we can second guess ourselves, then cheer on our great ideas. We wonder where we went wrong, then have the confidence to try something new, and so on. Endless similarities of the above conflict and excite us through work all at the same time.
However, it's also important to listen to them both. Instead of getting yourself down when something goes wrong, it's time to pick yourself back up. To focus on the good and the bad … and then deciding why the good outweighs whatever might have taken place.
When Do you Need a Pep Talk?
Really, there's no telling when this need might occur. Perhaps when you've had a bad day. When a project fell through, a day didn't go as it was planned, or a combination of the above. There's no definition for what might cause a bad mood. But instead of focusing on what might have caused said mood, it's more important to recognize that it's taken place.
You also might need a pep talk when hitting a slump. (Even the best of us have them) when you’re dealing with personal struggles that are affecting work. Or any time you simply feel down about your professional life. There’s no specifics — each of us have different triggers. Understand when you’re in need of a pick me up and don’t get too worked up about bad days. They happen to the best of us.
Instead, it’s time to work past it.
Talk Yourself Back Up
Now, it's time to get to work. Remind yourself of all the great things you've done. Who have you helped? How far has your business made it? What great ideas do you have? How has your franchise helped provide career fulfillment? You're doing what you love! It's time to get excited about it!
Celebrate if needed. Have a nice dinner, get a cup of your favorite coffee, and so on. The celebration doesn't have to be big, it simply needs to remind you that you're doing great things in life and in work.
Don't forget to tell yourself how great you are, either. (Yes really!) You know best just how many accomplishments you were able to achieve, so who better than to list them out? Of course, for braggy types, this should al be taken with a grain of salt. But for the humble business owner, don't be afraid to toot your own horn. Besides, this list never has to be seen or read by anyone else. You don't even have to create a physical list – it can remain all in your head. It's only there to remind you of your talent and value to your franchise.
You can also listen to motivational speeches, check out books or sayings that show positivity. Surround yourself with those who push you to be better and remind you when you do a great job. And more! There are endless ways to create a better attitude within yourself, all you have to do is find what you like best, and what works for your mood.
Keep these ideas in your back pocket for whenever they might be needed. And remember it's not only ok to give yourself a pep talk, it's encouraged.
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