Running a company or managing a team can be stressful work and can often have executives struggling in their professional or personal lives. How can an executive get out of this rut? How can they bounce back and motivate their team or their company to do the best work possible? Here are some tips for the executive who is struggling right now on how to take control of the situation that they are in.
The first and one of the most critical ways to deal with your struggles is to slow down. Understanding what kind of problems or issues are in front of you and why they are there can help you become more aware of why they are happening in the first place. Analyzing the issues and breaking them down into small chunks will help you realize that they are not so big after all. This will give you insight on how to tackle them in the best way so you can move on from them quickly.
Criticize why you are struggling.
Similar to slowing down and analyzing the struggles that you are facing, another helpful tip is to criticize the struggles in the first place. Take a minute after understanding why you are struggling and make note of how you got there in the first place. Criticizing your actions that lead up to the struggle can help you realize what needs to be changed so you can avoid the same struggle in the future.
Rethink Your Priorities
As I tell my son all the time, it’s not enough just to be busy, but you must be busy doing the right things. In some ways, leaders excel by knowing what they can ignore, at least for a short time. We all have a tendency to want to work on things we like to do or are easy to get done, but sometimes those aren’t nearly worthy of our time as something much more difficult or challenging. Or maybe even easier! Think about what you need to get done in a given time period (day/week/month) and organize your time to ensure those get done even while handling the random fires of the role.
Focus on what you can control.
Many times the struggles that we face or think we are facing, are factors that are out of our control in the first place. Looking at the issue and determining if there is anything that can be done to fix it, is the first step to realizing what is in your control. If you are tasked with an issue that was not controllable to begin with, it may not be worth your time to stress over it at all.
Looking at the problems that you can control and figuring out how to fix them first, will eventually take away the problems all together. You are initially fixing the issues at hand, and not stressing over the issues that have nothing to do with you.
Focus on the quick wins.
Sometimes all you need to get out of a rut is some motivation from positives that are taking place currently. Not seeing positive change for long periods of time can have the effect that you are struggling more than you actually are. A long term goal is attainable but at the same time it can be hard to see that you are getting close to that goal at all. By focusing on short term goals or short term wins you are able to see the change that is happening first hand, which can help you realize that you may not be struggling at all.
Find a peer group.
The last tip for struggling executives, is to find a peer group. This tactic can be extremely beneficial for the struggling executive as you are put into an environment of like minded individuals that may have experienced the same struggles that you are facing. In this dynamic you can offer help and feedback to others, which may make you realize that the issues you are facing could be a lot larger than they actually are, and you can receive the help that you are looking for from a support system.
We face struggles every single day that can be damaging to our professional and personal lives. Controlling these issues and breaking them down to minor problems is a great way to overcome them and move forward with your business and your personal life. Support systems can also help in the long run as you are given the opportunity to discuss your issues and struggles with people who may have had similar problems in the past.