You started your business some time ago, and were totally motivated and wanted to do as much as you could in order to achieve the highest rewards. You wanted to be the super man or woman of small business and what happens after a few weeks? Well, reality dawns! You are not making much (or any) money!
You wanted to get out of the rat race, and you did start your own business – only to realize that the race is hard here in self employment land. You might even start to seek the comfort of stability and safety that was offered when you were working for somebody else. Going out on your own is scary and its easy to get discouraged when you don’t see immediate results.
Here are a few things that can help you keep yourself motivated during your tough days:
Does your fear of failure over power your desire to succeed? If this is the case, you are bound to fail. Don’t let this happen to you. Go back to the basics: why did you start your small business? Did you felt underpaid and overworked? Did you want to earn big money? Did you desire greater amounts of appreciation? Whatever your reason might be, keep your focus strong. Remind yourself of your primary objectives whenever you want to quit. Keep your eyes on the reward and do not allow any negative thoughts to detract you from your path.
You will meet loads of ‘dream destroyers’. Do not let them destroy your dreams. Remember when you decided to start this business, at least a hundred people gave you a list of a thousand things that would’nt work. Was there anyone who talked about ten things that could work and make you successful in this business? That person can dream with you! The others are no authority in defining how you should work on shaping your destiny. Do not let them derail you from your path. Watch the company you keep. Interact with people who believe in you and your dreams. Do not let negativity creep in – if that means giving up the company of these ‘dream destroyers’, so be it! You are in charge of your destiny and you are the only person who can shape it! Work hard on shaping your destiny!
Do you believe in the power of visualization? Visualization is an extremely impactful tool if used properly. When you are demotivated, think about why you started your business or a particular service? Did you want your dream car? Or may be wanted to pay off your mortgage? Whatever be the reason, visualize that you have met your goals. Think about how you would feel on achieving what you so badly wanted to achieve. You are the proud owner of a Mercedes CL63! Isn’t it a great feeling? Don’t you want to celebrate? Aren’t the interiors of the car great? And does’nt it have the best stereo system? Before you buy it, would you want a test drive? How about going on a test drive now? Build your dreams to motivate you! And visualize the rewards and the celebrations!
It is rightly said – Rome was not built in a day! The same principle applies to your business. It cannot be built in a day. You surely want to reap the greatest rewards from day one. While it is absolutely important to dream big, it is also important to dream realistically! Embrace your failures as stepping stones to success. A number of people have “failed” numerous times to achieve greatest success ultimately. Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Bill Gates, Jim Carrey are all examples of how success can be achieved in spite of massive amounts of failing first! If you never give up then you have a power that can carry you through all things.
While good things definitely come to people who wait, create a plan that makes you learn from your failures and emerge as an ultimate winner! Never choose denial or ego in order to react to a failure. Do not chase your losses – instead, create fool proof plans that can help you make great fortunes over the coming few months! Another mistake that entrepreneurs commit is by succumbing to denial and trying to misinterpret failure as success. This can be a disaster and lead to greater damage! Create a successful adaptation strategy. An experimental and adaptive approach can actually get your great idea to swim rather than sink. Do not be harsh on yourself, give yourself some room for failure and therefore, try a lot of things. Keep trying patiently until you reach your success destination. Sometimes trial and error may work, at other times constructive feedback may be the approach of choice. Introspect and think about what is best at this moment and take your pick!
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