You know those days when nothing seems to go right?
When every time you turn around there’s a new problem to solve, there’s a technical issue that you don’t know how to fix, there is too much money going out and not enough money coming in, there’s disappointment, there’s frustration.
When things aren’t working the way you want them to.
When you have issues to address and problems to solve but feel like all you want to do is fold yourself in half and hide under the bed covers.
Dealing with this is most certainly something that gets easier as you continue to build your business. But it doesn’t mean it goes away.
There are still days I want to stay in bed and talk to no one. There are still days I cry out of frustration.
For a long time (and still every now and then) I let these thoughts and feelings and doubts impact my drive and my confidence.
Over time I’ve learned that these feelings are natural.
When you’re working on something so different than what is comfortable you are going to hit walls, feel discouraged.
The key is to know what to do when these feelings pop up.
It’s not about ignoring them.
It’s about recognizing them and then taking the steps, when you’re ready, to move past whatever is holding you back.
It’s about strengthening your mindset.
A strong mindset is a pillar in building a business. Without it, you’re constantly hitting walls and letting those walls keep you from making progress.
Over time I’ve learned that it’s OK to have a good cry and let it out.
Over time I’ve learned that in order to do my best work, I can’t do only work.
Over time I’ve learned that while feeling sorry for myself will get me nowhere, cutting myself some slack will go a long way in helping me grow.
It’s OK to take breaks.
There is no way that you’re going to embark on this journey of building and growing your business without mountains to climb and disasters to avert. So you have to be OK with that.
But it’s about what you do next.
It’s about how much time you give yourself to be in that break and what you do to pull yourself out of it and continue to go after your goals.
You have to give yourself a break, you have to stop judging yourself unfairly.
The life we have all chosen to lead as business owners is one of uncertainty and questions, rethinking and revising, wondering and trying. Not everything we do is going to work. Not everything we do is going to be right.
So stop beating yourself up when you have a day with no motivation. Stop second-guessing yourself when things go wrong. Stop feeling silly for needing a good cry. Stop thinking you have to work all the time or otherwise you aren’t really trying.
Honestly, it’s OK if sometimes things go wrong. That’s a given.
Just make sure that you have a way of pulling yourself out when you’re ready to keep going.
You’ve got this.