When running a marathon, I usually hit the wall at mile 17. It’s that feeling of exhaustion, burnout, and lack of motivation that can come on suddenly, leaving you feeling stuck and unsure of what to do next. When running a race, I have to talk myself into continuing to run. My body and mind tell me to quit. It is difficult to stay focused. Breaking through the wall and continuing to run is challenging at this point. As an entrepreneur we can also hit a wall. This is when we want to "throw in the towel" and walk away. There are also times in our personal life when we struggle with moving forward through a difficult task or even a difficult situation. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or simply trying to navigate the challenges of everyday life, hitting the wall can be a daunting obstacle to overcome. Hitting the wall is a term used to describe the feeling of being stuck in a particular situation or project. It can occur in business or in life, and can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the most common symptoms of hitting the wall include fatigue, lack of motivation, and a feeling of being overwhelmed. I find when I hit the wall in business or life that I'm struggling to complete tasks that were once easy, or that I'm experiencing a sense of apathy towards work or personal life. There are a number of reasons why hitting the wall can occur. In business, it may be due to factors such as overworking, taking on too much at once, or facing unexpected challenges. In life, hitting the wall may be due to personal stressors such as financial difficulties, relationship problems, or health issues. It's important to recognize that hitting the wall is a normal experience that happens to everyone at some point, and that it’s not a sign of failure or weakness. Overcoming hitting the wall can be a challenging process. It takes changing our mindset, refocusing and allowing ourselves time to reset. Some of the things that I do when hitting a wall in business or life is to take a step back and allow myself time to recharge. Often taking a walk, getting together with friends or simply relaxing is all that I need to break through the wall. There are times when I find that re-evaluating my goals and priorities is needed to help me move forward. This allows me time to reflect on what I really want to achieve and to make needed adjustments.
Hitting the wall is a normal part of the business and life experience. It’s important to recognize the signs and take proactive steps to overcome hitting it. Remember to take care of yourself, get support, re-evaluate your goals if needed. With time, a positive mindset and effort, you can overcome hitting the wall and be grateful that you made it to the other side.