- You have noticeably less enthusiasm for networking with new people.
- You run late to networking meetings or miss them altogether.
- You procrastinate on making outbound networking calls and don’t really care.
- You don’t feel your best when you are at the networking meetings. You isolate yourself from others more than normal.
- You care a little less than you normally would about your dress or behavior at networking meetings. Dressing for success is a little too much work these days.
- Your follow up has been slower than normal and you find yourself less motivated to act on your networking promises.
- You feel like canceling your memberships to chamber of commerce, service or social clubs, networking groups.
- Even Facebook bores you.
Fear not; this too shall pass
The good news is that this is only a temporary situation. This sluggish feeling shall dissipate and your commitment to and enjoyment of networking will return. If you find yourself in the state of networking ambivalence or fatigue, do yourself a favor and take a short but meaningful break from networking. Do something physical that you enjoy.
Get out of your head and into your body for a little while. You will benefit from replenishing your energy and vitality. When you are rested and ready to return to networking, you just might find your networking”why” – the compelling reason why you invest your time, money and energy into building mutually beneficial relationships – to be refortified.
Your Networking Goal for the Week
Schedule a vacation from networking: 1-2 weeks without any scheduled networking lunches or coffees, no scheduled networking phone calls, no networking meetings. Whatever you can afford. Whatever you need. You don’t have to go anywhere to do this. You can have a staycation, if you like. Just spend your time doing the kinds of things that rejuvenate you. Rebuild your spirit and body this week by quieting your mind and minimizing your social engagement. When you are refreshed, you are welcome to return to active networking.
Warning: be sure that this is just a short break, and doesn’t become an extended sabbatical or complete departure. Networking and relationship building is good for your career, your business and your life. Take a short break, but then get back on the horse and ride soon.