Is it time to start fresh? When to know its time to move on
The short answer: when the mere thought of your work provokes that kind of rising in the throat–you should probably move on.
The long answer: there are many types of moving on and many ways to do so. Closing is part of it but there are others. If closing is the answer it does not need to be scary process; it exists because sometimes you and your business are totally no longer a great fit. Sometimes closing is more like evolving into something else you couldn’t reach from the previous business. Lets look at the different types of moving on and how they can be positive enforcers for new things.
First, lets talk about taking action.I’ve seen this many times before–the lack of action is mistaken for a lack of interest. I know because that was me! Taking action is something you have to do every single day–it’s getting better at what you do, interacting with your market, and innovating your ideas. For some taking action is moving on because there has been a lack of it before. If you are taking action everyday and something just isn’t clicking you may want to try one of these other types of evolution:
Take a break Before deciding your direction take a break from your business all together. You may just need a little breather so don’t be afraid to take a step back, a real step back. Take a full week away from your business and do things you love that have nothing to do with work. Then take another week to process what’s not working, how you want to make changes, and what moving forward looks like. Can’t muster to take that much time off? Then something is already not working.
Re-brand Re-branding sounds like a curse but it can actually revive your business because ultimately it will revive you. If your brand is not working for you then guess what–it’s not working at all! A brand you don’t enjoy being a part of is not doing much of anything for you, so isn’t it already a curse to keep around? Re-branding takes some time–go slow, underline the major components you want to change, start editing, and keep your customers in the loop.
Let it go Let go of product, a particular design, an employee, or a role you no longer need to fill. Letting go feels really good and can spark your new journey in your business. Let go of toxic energy or toxic people in and around your business.
Leap of faith Sometimes what needs to budge is big. A new launch, a new storefront, a new merger, a new marketing campaign, a new book. Whatever big dream you have been sitting on since the beginning, why have you not taken action on it? You might be afraid of failure–but not taking that leap of faith is also failure.
Sometimes moving on is doing something you’ve never done–how else do you expect to have something you’ve never had?