Check out this great guest post from my BFF Juanita Wootton-Radko.
Being an entrepreneur is fun! Exciting! Profitable! Except… when it isn’t. Every entrepreneur goes through periods where setbacks and struggles are far more common than the fun, profit and excitement. So what’s the secret to staying (or getting back) on track? Invest in your most valuable product: you!
1. Start with better habits.
“We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle
Building healthy habits will give you the energy and strength for the down days. You already know that you should go to bed rather than stay up past eleven playing Candy Crush. A water bottle is a better choice than that third (or was it the fourth?) can of diet cola. Don’t sweat the occasional lapse- but aim for small goals like drinking water and catching all the shut-eye you need really helps you to bounce back.
2. Mistakes are part of the process.
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” -Nelson Mandela
When I was a child, I would often help my grandmother by washing dishes. One time, a fancy dessert plate slipped from my hands and smashed on the floor. I began to cry, certain that I would be punished. ‘Don’t cry,” she said.” There’s precious few that get worn out.” Those calm words put the broken plate in perspective and encouraged me to do a better job. You will make mistakes, but they don’t have the power to stop you. You can do it!
3. Stay focused on what really matters.
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” Muhammad Ali
Keep a list of your priorities for your business. What are the key points for you to be a success? Is it building your client base? Reaching a weekly sales target? Define the “keys” for your business and aim for actions that get you closer to your goal.
4. Don’t give up.Tweet This
“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr
Don’t give up. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely work. Take a walk around the block, or call a friend in your network who understands but won’t drag you down into a pity party.
5.Watch what you think, as well as what you say
“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” Walter Scott
I have a friend who says that he never has bad days. He has good days, great days and “character-building” days. A bad day is something that happens to you, but you get to choose what you get out of a character-building day. It may seem hokey, but word choice matters. Your word choice can portray you as the victim of a cruel and capricious world, or propel you as the hero of the great story that is your life. Be your own hero—we know you can!
Remember, everyone has ‘character-building days’– even entrepreneurs. Don’t let the struggles and setbacks pull your focus from your dream. Keep building your good habits, including the way you talk about your business. Don’t quit! Keep moving forward and soon once again, you will find yourself back on track to fun, excitement and profit.