Holy Crap! This life thing is hard. And I’m one of those really positive people that always look to best of things. I’m always thinking of what I could do, what project or skill I could master. That’s probably why I struggle. I’m always looking at what’s possible, so I end up running into a lot of walls, at first.
Whether it’s arrogance, pride, or an abundance of positivity, I often overlook how much work goes into a project. I honestly believe that you can do what you set your mind too, and so I push and push and push forward, but every now and then I pop my head up and am like, “WHEW! This is hard!”
Nowadays, it’s so much easier than ever before to get started. Anyone can start their own company, it is incredibly easy compared to how it was 10-15 years ago. There are even companies such as Rocket Lawyer and Legal Zoom that allow you to file your paperwork from your computer, literally allowing you to start something ANYWHERE.
That doesn’t mean that it’ll be easy to keep it moving forward. While a lot of the barriers that used to prevent people from even getting started are gone, everything else is still there. You’ll have to do everything, sales, marketing, accounting, HR, you name it, you’re in charge of it. There’s a lot of work to get through, and you’re the only one that can get it done.
You have to work really hard consistently to do what you’re passionate about, and all the administrative tasks that keep your business running. This is where a little bit of humility can come in handy.
One of the best ways to help deal with stress is to ask for help. Find a mentor and learn different strategies they have mastered to help them be successful. Talk to friends and colleagues that have gone through similar challenges, but do so carefully. Jim Rohn said it best when he said you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. So make sure the people that you ask for help from will have something positive to add to your journey and won’t bring you down.
It is very important to not tell yourself that you are THE ONLY PERSON IN EXISTENCE that is going through this kind of problem. Your business and niche is likely wonderfully unique, but there are still so many other people out there that might have an idea to help you out. Don’t make the mistake of being so arrogant you think you are the only one that knows what it’s like facing what you are facing.
No matter how hard things are, there’s always someone who’s got something more difficult to overcome. Don’t inflate trouble into something so much larger than it should be. Ask for help, get some fresh insight, and then get back to work. As long as you keep pushing, you can get there.
All the best,