24 Jan 2018

When Food Truck Owners Are Lacking Inspiration

It happens to everyone.

Every once in a great while, we feel uninspired (well, hopefully that is the case, and this occurrence isn’t happening more often than not). In other words, we lack inspiration. As a result, we don’t do our best work. This type of unwanted occurrence happens in every industry. Yes, even the food truck industry.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to counter this lack of inspiration, and five of those ways/strategies can be found below.

5. Think About Your Employees
Seriously, if you are unmotivated, start thinking about your employees, for they likely count on you to be the leader. It’s not just your personal interests you should be worrying about if you fail/slip up from time to time — you should also be thinking about your employees. After all, if your business takes a hit, everyone will likely take a hit at this startup level, if you will.

On the other hand, if your business is doing really well, then your employees will likely thrive as well in the form of bonuses, raises, working at a great environment/business, etc.

When you are a business owner, which you are if you have a food truck business, you can no longer think like an employee, and you have to start taking everyone’s interests into account as a result.

Therefore, the next time you are lacking inspiration, just think how that will affect your employees, and everyone else involved when it comes to your business.

4. Take A Break/Mini-Vacation
When you are lacking inspiration, you might be overworked, which means a break/mini-vacation is very much needed. This could come in the form of a weekend getaway, a longer trip or just taking a day off.

Being a food truck owner is tough, but you have to keep the mind, body and soul happy.

We all go through the daily grind, and we all feel uninspired from time to time as a result; however, that just might mean you need some form of break, and if the time permits, then by all means take one.

3. Revisit Your Goals (Or Make New Ones Altogether)
You might be lacking in the inspiration department because of your food truck goals. Here’s the big issue: If your goals don’t motivate you, then there is a problem — but it’s fixable.

Either you need to revisit your goals in hopes of getting that motivation back … or you need to change them altogether (you, of course, don’t want to be changing your goals up all of the time, especially if you aren’t meeting them).

It’s important to keep your goals in plain sight on a daily basis in hopes of not losing track of the big picture, which is making your goals and dreams come true.

2. Brainstorm Why You Are In This Funk
Why? Why are you in this funk that features you not being as inspired as you once was, FoodTruckr? You are the only one who can truly answer this question, and until you figure it out yourself, you will never be as inspired as you once was. Of course, if this is just a miniature funk as a result of being burned out, then the why might not be that extreme — you might just be overworked and need a little break, as stated above.

f it’s a bigger issue, then it’s important to figure out why you are feeling uninspired in hopes of getting back on track ASAP.

1. Come Up With A New Plan
One of the best cures when you are feeling uninspired: Come up with a new plan altogether, one that features things that you want to do, and when you want to do them. The best part about owning your own business is the fact that you run the show.

Therefore, if you prefer entering food truck events (or doing catering gigs), and you are making a lot of money off of these things, and gaining more customers, then try to incorporate that strategy into the mix more.

Sometimes a change in the routine is all you need to gain back your inspiration, so feel free to change things up as many times as your food truck heart desires. The next time you are feeling uninspired, make sure to analyze your current plan/routine/schedule, and then make adjustments where you see fit.

Thanks Foodtruckr for these great tips!

 

Speaking of Inspiration…………….

Need Inspiration for 2018? Here Are Mark Zuckerberg’s Last 9 New Year’s Resolutions

Each year, Mark Zuckerberg commits to New Year’s resolutions. Though some may seem bizarre, and others ridiculously lofty, he has conquered each and every one of them. As 2018 approaches, we should seek inspiration from Zuckerberg.

2009: Wear a tie every day.
Zuckerberg is famous for his classic t-shirt and hoodie look. He, however, took a different approach in 2009.

In 2009, the U.S. was in the midst of the recession. Facebook was not yet cash flow positive. Many feared Facebook wouldn’t survive. 2009 would be a defining year for the company. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg explains, “My tie was the symbol of how serious and important a year this was, and I wore it every day to show this”.

2010: Learn Mandarin.
Zuckerberg vowed he’d learn Mandarin in 2010. Zuckerberg’s motivation was, no doubt, driven by his desire to improve communication with then-girlfriend, now wife, Priscilla Chan’s family. It was also likely spurred by a desire to gain a foothold in China, a lucrative market for Facebook.

Zuckerberg’s resolution has paid off already. In 2013, he gained widespread praise for his ability to carry out a 30-minute Q&A session at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

2011: Become a vegetarian.
In 2011, Zuckerberg opted to become a vegetarian (the only deviation he allowed himself was meat that he’d slaughtered himself). As outlined in a Facebook post, Zuckerberg wanted to “Practice thankfulness, I want to be more connected to the food I eat and the animals that give their lives so I can eat them.”

Resolutions that incorporate gratitude can be enormously fulfilling. According to research, incorporating gratitude, via dietary practices or otherwise, positively impacts our mental and emotional states.

2012: Return to programming.
In 2012, Zuckerberg vowed to brush up on his programming skills. While many assume Zuckerberg is a coding prodigy, this is not the case according to a Quora thread.

All leaders should make it a habit to brush up on their coding skills. The more versed leaders are in programming, the more adept they are in communicating with engineers and informing product development.

2013: Meet new people.
In 2013, Zuckerberg resolved to meet someone new (outside of Facebook) every day. This was empowering. By meeting new people, Zuckerberg was exposed to many different perspectives. He gained a newfound appreciation for the value of diversity. I reckon it’s no coincidence that Zuckerberg hired Maxine Williams as Facebook’s global director of diversity in 2013.

When we are exposed to diverse perspectives, not only do we expand our knowledge base, but we also fuel the potential for creativity and innovation.

2014: Write a thank you note each day.
In 2014, Zuckerberg opted to practice compassion by writing a thank you note to someone each day. As cited by a Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover story, Zuckerberg explained, “It’s important for me because I’m a really critical person. I always kind of see how I want things to be better, and I’m generally not happy with how things are.”

Resolutions that incorporate acts of generosity have far-reaching applications. Research has found that acts of generosity and kindness are contagious and trigger a chain reaction of goodness.

2015: Read a book every other week.
In 2015, Zuckerberg challenged himself by committing to read a new book every other week. He prioritized books pertaining to different cultures, beliefs, histories, and/or technologies.

The benefits of reading are manifold. According to research, the act of reading not only helps us acquire a larger vocabulary, it also improves our abstract reasoning skills.

2016: Build a simple artificial intelligence system.
In 2016, Zuckerberg opted to become “Jarvis in Iron Man.” He committed to building a simple AI system to power his home. In a Facebook post, he revealed, “I’m going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home–music, lights, temperature and so on.”

All leaders should strive to keep abreast of new technologies. Zuckerberg’s resolution empowered him to strategize about ways he can leverage new technologies to improve Facebook’s offerings. Shortly after Zuckerberg conquered his 2016 resolution, it was announced that Facebook was designing technology with mind-reading capabilities. Coincidence? I think not.

2017: Visit every U.S. state.
Last year, Zuckerberg made a commitment to travel to the approximately 30 U.S. states that he had yet to visit. Resolutions tied to travel tend to give rise to far-reaching rewards. According to Transamerica Center, 86 percent of people believe that travel improves their mood and outlook towards life.

Perhaps Zuckerberg’s 2017 resolution was primarily driven by a desire to uplift his mood. Perhaps it was largely driven by his INTJ personality type and a desire to improve his outlook towards life. I have a somewhat nagging and consoling conjecture–Zuckerberg is readying himself for his 2020 presidential campaign.

As we ready ourselves to partake in the time-honored New Year’s resolution ritual, take a page out of Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolutions playbook. His resolutions offer refreshing alternatives to the “get more sleep”, “lose weight”, “limit time spent on Facebook” resolves that are too often committed to on January 1st but tend to be abandoned by the time February rolls around.

Source – Inc.com