Only an entrepreneur knows what it is like to be an entrepreneur. There are more challenging days than happy days, there are more lonely days than not. There are times when the day does not seem to get over, and then there are days you wish you had more than 24 hours. Some days you surely feel like throwing in the towel and go back to the ordinary way of living and some days you question yourself – are you really on the right track? Do you really want to do this? How long before some door cracks open? I know the pressure is enormous – some days it feels like your head will burst. So how do you keep your sanity and still carry on?
I am sure there are a lot of you who feel the same way but have no way of expressing your feeling to anyone as people who work a regular job do not get it, because they think you have the best life, you get to work your own hours and still complaining. I am no different than you, I feel and go through the same way and have figured out my own way of dealing with this pressure. Here are some of the tips that have helped me to deal with the pressure:
Acknowledge the reality
We can handle the situation better when we accept there is a situation, same is with this. The pressure is a byproduct of working for oneself. So it is better to accept this reality. As in any work, there are some pros and cons and entrepreneurship is no different. Once we have accepted this reality, it is easier to then work on it. It is always efficient to deal with the known than the unknown. Once you know this fact, you now have to think of ways that keep you productive and on course.
Creating a system
For me personally, I like to start the day with gratitude. It helps me keep the negatives away and focus my mind to recognizing the things I have. Also, I like to watch something motivational before I start my work. I do that as it puts me in the right frame of mind. This is a system I have to keep me on course when I am all by myself working staring at the same wall, sitting at the same place for days together.
We are all human and we have our good days and bad days. It is normal to lose our motivation and it is almost impossible to stay upbeat all the time. To keep my motivation high, I watch and read. I take the time to read books that either increases my belief like biographies of successful entrepreneurs, some of my favourites are Screw it let’s do it by Richard Branson, along with positive mental attitude books like Think and Grow Rich, Compound Effect and not to forget spiritual like Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen. I also like to watch Tedex videos as it not only inspires me but also teaches me communication skills.
I think this is a very crucial element for every entrepreneur. You need to find a support group where you can meet people like you who are going through the same struggles. It not only helps you get belief that you are not alone, but you can get ideas from them on how to handle certain situations. This can be in person as a networking group or online.
It is important for us to replenish our souls. An axe when used to cut trees without stopping to sharpen it will get blunt and won’t be productive. Same way, your mind which is the most important power house you have needs to discharge and recharge. Do the things that make you feel good, for some it could be exercise, for some it could be music, just going out shopping or taking a day trip somewhere. You know it best. Just remember to forget all work and reach out to the soul and nourish it and refuel it. In the hunt to do excel, we sometimes forget to be kind to ourselves.
Hope I have been able to help you with some of the tips. Should you need more help and need help elevate your business to the next level, feel free to email me and I will be happy to help.