Running your own business, or getting an idea off the ground, can be really stressful. It’s overwhelming and doesn’t always go as planned. We all experience tough days, weeks or even months where none of our efforts feel worthwhile. It’s easy to get down on yourself and get caught up in the negativity.
Recently, I went through a funk where my anxiety was through the roof (I’m still recovering.) My motivation was less than normal and I just felt off. Every day felt like I had to question if what I’m doing is right. When this happens, I have to ask myself…
- Why do I want this?
- What about running this business is worthwhile for me?
- Is this business aligned with who I am today and who I want to be in the future?
- What am I afraid of and what’s the worst that could happen?
Sometimes when I’m down in the dumps, it’s hard to answer any of these questions in a positive way. Even so, I am always reminded of why I started and I think that’s why I like to run through these questions. It helps me to get a better perspective and get clear on the bigger picture. Here are a few ways I find it helpful to come to positive realizations.
- Take a walk/run
- Spend time with inspirational people
- Work on something fun
- Clean- cleaning is not always fun, but it does leave me feeling accomplished!
Deep down I know that having a business is what I want long-term. While it’s hard, stressful, a lot of work, scary and many times uncertain, it’s also highly freeing and rewarding. I’ve met some amazing people on this journey, worked on some really cool projects and have been able to financially support myself. That’s all pretty NEAT. For me, it’s just about uncovering these positive reasons and bringing them forward in my mind that makes all the difference.
You are always going to run into challenges no matter what you are doing. The point is that you can’t let those things get to you—at least not for long. I find that if I catch myself early enough in the downward spiral, I can turn things around pretty quickly. If not, I can be sitting here a week later second guessing myself and asking “am I even cut out for this?”
Geeze, dramatic much?
Dramatic, but on point. The thing is, working for yourself is not always glamorous, easy, fun or profitable. We each have our own journey to write, and it’s going to be hard. Stay positive and keep moving forward.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” ―
Thanks for reading,