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Back in the days when I worked in a cubicle, I dreamed of working from home and being my own boss. Images of leisurely coffee dates and romantically typing from my laptop were the notions that passed through my head.
While I do have a flexible schedule and I love what I do – if you took a snapshot of my daily life, it would be one of me frantically writing, marketing, planning, and working as fast as I can, before I need to reassume my parenting role.
Not only does being an entrepreneur require a lot of hard work and creativity, but it also requires you to stretch and challenge yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally. From working late nights and weekends to juggling multiple tasks, and stressful events, being an entrepreneur can take a real toll on your mental well-being.
To help you deal with these moments of stress, overwhelm, and scarcity here are three positive mindsets that will help you to cope.
1. One Step Forward
As most entrepreneurs will tell you, there are going to be days when you just want to throw in the towel. When it all seems like too much to bear. It is during these times that you must make yourself take one step forward. While it can be difficult to take action when you are feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or scared, it is the one thing that will move you closer to your goals. It doesn’t matter how big or small the action is because once you put the wheels in motion, you create a positive cycle of momentum that will continue to push you forward. The same holds true for negativity and inaction — it will create a negative cycle that will further deplete your energy, so don’t give in.
2. Try Again
“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” – Thomas A. Edison
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
Do you see a common theme here? As an entrepreneur, you will experience loss of income, problems with providers, and major setbacks. But if you’re going to succeed, you need to pick yourself up, dust off the dirt, and try again. Without perseverance, it will be impossible for you to succeed. To help cultivate this perseverance, make sure to connect with other entrepreneurs who understand your plight. Attend conferences and read books that can help you get you in the right mindset. And most importantly take care of yourself; take breaks, exercise, eat right, and enjoy life because you're no good to your business if your energy is totally depleted.
3. Quit the Comparisons
Have you ever looked at other entrepreneurs and felt like success came easy to them? Have you ever felt jealous of another entrepreneur, because they’ve won an award, launched a new product, or landed a dream client? Quit the comparisons! As Theodore Roosevelt says, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” When we compare ourselves to others, we diminish our own unique journey, attributes, and accomplishments. Playing the comparison game will always a no-win situation, it just makes you feel inadequate; plus it's an inaccurate measure of your own personal path and success.
When you catch yourself playing the comparison game, redirect your mind. Write down all of the accomplishments that you’ve had in the last year. How has your life improved? What do you have to be grateful for? By redirecting your brain into a mindset of abundance and gratitude, you will mentally and emotionally connect with positive energy that lifts you up.
Just like being an entrepreneur is a choice, so is a mindset of positivity. Remember to work these strategies into your daily routine, and you’ll find that a positive entrepreneurial mindset becomes your default point of view.
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