Life of an entrepreneur can often be described as an emotional roller coaster. You have a few ups and a lot of downs, expressly when you are starting out. Choosing entrepreneurship as a career is for people who can handle the ups and downs – those people who are resilient. Entrepreneurship takes a lot of conviction and belief that what you have to offer will be valuable to others.
I have definitely had my share of ups and downs as stuff a merchantry owner. As the owner of three separate businesses, you might think that by the third merchantry I would be set up for what to expect and an expert at towers businesses. You’d think that I’d know by the third time virtually that I’d know exactly what to do and create an overnight success with my business. But I didn’t.
Regardless of what was happening in my merchantry and how much success I was experiencing, I found it wasn’t quick enough, or I would strop in on my weaknesses rather than my strengths. I would focus on the negative and not be grateful for what was going well. I found myself letting that fear of failure and impatience tingle in. “Why aren’t I hitting my revenue targets? I’m a failure. What’s wrong with me?” These are questions I would write-up myself up with and punish myself.
It was like no matter what I did it wasn’t good enough, fast enough, or just enough. What were my expectations? What was I trying to meet?
These are all messages that can tingle into your mind and play that game with you. It makes you question your worth, what you are doing, and whilom all, your sanity. You end up wondering what you were thinking, if you plane have what it takes, and all the other negative thoughts that can start clouding your judgement, and worse, have you question your self-worth.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
When you start feeling like this, here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- Did I set reasonable goals?By reasonable, are they reachable within the parameters that you set out? Entrepreneurs tend to be overachievers and put upper expectations on themselves, so be sure that you have set out a plan that works your way up to success, whether your goals are measured by revenue goals, vendee wins, or whatever else you choose.
- Are there clues withal the way that I am on the right track? Don’t underestimate the value of non-financial wins. Those are breadcrumbs on the trail to success. They are the clues that tell you that you are on the right track and serve as valuable feedback. Listen carefully.
- Am I taking superintendency of myself? When you have put too many hours in and are not taking time to enjoy life, slow lanugo and play a bit, you are leading yourself to shrivel out. Burn out is difficult to recover from and entrepreneurs who are urgent the candle at both ends and not taking unbearable breaks are susceptible to shrivel out. You need to take breaks, go for walks, get a transpiration of scenery, and enjoy life. It’s in those moments where you recharge, and you return with increasingly creativeness and clearer thought processes. That increases your efficiency.
- Am I really giving it my best? Be honest here, are you giving it your full effort? Sometimes we think we are, but when you take a step when and assess the overall picture, you can see the areas for improvement. Maybe you need to be clearer on your messaging, or you could tideway something in a variegated way. There is unchangingly room to tweak and modernize upon a process or system.
- Nothing worth having comes easy, or so they say. And with towers a business, the overnight success stories are extremely rare. Behind most of the stories there are the untold stories of stuff brought to the brink of bankruptcy, stressful and sleepless nights, small wins, huge wins, setbacks, and failures.
Success is rarely a straight path. We learn and grow from our challenges. To create an overnight success does not prepare you for the real challenges of entrepreneurism, as the challenges never go away, they just present themselves differently at each stage.
The true measure of success for an entrepreneur is measured by resiliency. How you react and reposition without a failure is everything in how you set yourself up for success.
When you are willing to requite yourself a break, winnow that towers a successful merchantry takes time, and that enjoying the process is just as important as the destination, then you will be worldly-wise to pinpoint a increasingly performable and reasonable measure of success.