How to get your BOJO back in 2020

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How to get your BOJO back in 2020

The start of the year promises so much – a clean slate. You’ve got your focus word, a vision board and a new diary. You’ve set your plans, you’re practicing gratitude and have dusted off your business plan. But something is missing and you’re not sure what.

It has been a difficult start to the year for most businesses in Australia. Even if you were not directly impacted by the bushfire crisis, we all carry a sense of loss and sadness about what has happened to our country and we have empathy for the people who grieve.

I have spoken with many business owners and some of our Beyond Business Groups members who are struggling to get back on track this year.

It takes a lot to start or build and nurture a business. And your motivation is an important part of getting the work done. It is unrealistic to feel excited and motivated about your business 100% of the time, but it can chip away at your confidence if left unchecked.

So if you are feeling a little ‘blah’ about your business how can you get back your BOJO (Business Mojo)?

Tips for getting your BOJO back

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Go back to your business ‘why’ (Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle). It is always good to remind yourself about why you started in business and what your business purpose is.
  • Brainstorm and write down the pros and the cons of running your own business and look for ways to overcome your cons. It’s not always easy but what is the alternative?
  • Write down all you have achieved through your business. Your big successes, your little wins. Think about the times your customers have really appreciated the work you do. Have a look at your thank yous, your testimonials and reviews to remind yourself how you are appreciated.
  • Get a great routine together or change your current routine if it no longer works for you. What could you incorporate into your day/week you can look forward to? Perhaps it’s something you have put off doing for a while.
  • In this routine set times for yourself – times to think and plan and play.
  • Set SMART goals and create rewards for when you achieve those goals (Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-based).
  • Engage your colleagues, friends and networks in your plans – that way you will be held accountable for your actions.
  • Seek out inspirational people for coffee, attend networking events, get out of your comfort zone and meet someone new.
  • Know when you are sliding into negative territory and have a playlist of inspiration on hand – songs, podcasts, YouTube videos, inspirational quotes, phone numbers!

Creating BOJO with others

And if you can’t create your own BOJO, think about supporting and getting support from others by starting a Beyond Business Groups. By having one aspect of your business to focus on every month you will look at those areas with renewed vigour. As well as gaining the benefit of the fresh eyes of others to create ideas for your business.

I struggled to get going this year until I spent time with a mentor who helped me focus on the next decade. We had robust discussions on the steps of Parliament House during the Climate Emergency Rally about what we want the world to look like in 2030. I was so inspired by our conversation I created an International Women’s Day event to celebrate her as a mentor so I could introduce her wit and wisdom to my local colleagues. That was like hitting a reset button for me. If you are close-by Wagga I’d love for you to join us on 8 March. #EachforEqual

What’s your secret to getting your BOJO back in 2020?