Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey. It’s not easy to manage your emotions and feel positive about your business when it’s taking over every aspect of your life. If you’re struggling to get back on track or maintain your motivation, these five key points will help you get back on the right path, no matter what kind of obstacles come at you.
With a good mindset in place, you’ll find that success is much more achievable. You’ll also find that it’s easier to make decisions and stand up for yourself when things get tough.
Here are some ways to avoid common pitfalls and quickly improve entrepreneur mindset with these five simple tips.
Trust your gut
As an entrepreneur your often on your own especially in the beginning phases of building a business, it is important to believe in your decisions and trust your intuition. Don’t get lost in the overwhelming noise of what others are doing, take time off social media and focus on what you need to do.
You have most likely built a business based of passion and expertise; you rarely have someone cheering you on, so you have to be your own biggest cheerleader. It is not always easy to continually believe in yourself and that you can turn your vision into reality but if you allow doubt to creep in, it can take over.
Know you don’t know everything
It can be tempting to dive head-first into a project and assume you know everything there is to know. But this is what causes many entrepreneurs to get stuck or make major mistakes. It’s important to go into a project with an open mind and not feel like you’re too good for any of the work that needs to be done.
If you’re struggling on a particular task, ask for help or input from someone who knows more than you. This will give you more clarity on the problem at hand and also allow you to collaborate with different people who may have expertise in certain areas of your business.
Stay focused on what matters
It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks. It’s easy to have a tendency to overwork yourself. Sometimes you’ll have an incredible day, generating lots of sales and being praised by customers. Other days will be frustrating, with slow sales and disgruntled clients.
Therefore, it can be helpful to realign with your ‘Why’. The reason why you decided to take this step in the first place is your biggest motivator. If you have lost sight of this, then a great way to reaffirm your ‘Why’ is through journaling and vison boards.
Journaling and Vision Boards
Journaling can be a great way to connect with what your grateful for and really help create clarity. Start by writing out a few things you are grateful for today, this could be your morning cup of coffee, or that the sun is shining. These things do not need to be massive but, they should be very specific and special to you. Then write out a small list of things you would like to achieve today, try not to overwhelm yourself here. If you’re not great at writing a small list, you could also write out your perfect day as if it has already happened. By doing these tasks you are focusing your brain on the positive and best-case scenario at the start of your day.
Vison boards are powerful reminders of your goals, when used correctly they can enable you to connect with what is important to you. When creating a vision board, it is important to make sure you chose images that you can use alongside visualisation so that a true emotional connection can be made. Programming your brain to focus on these things and point them out to you in day-to-day life, keeping you attached to your ‘Why’.
The key is always staying focused on what truly matters for your business. Whether that means cutting out some tasks or spending more time on others, make sure that each day is spent wisely. Don’t get too wrapped up in the daily grind; do what needs to be done while keeping your eye on the bigger picture.
Find inspiration in the struggle
It’s easy to feel discouraged when everything doesn’t work out according to plan. But, in order to be successful, you’ll need to embrace the struggle. Remember that every entrepreneur has faced challenges and setbacks at some point in their career. Even if you have great ideas, there’s no way to guarantee that they’ll always work.
It’s important to recognize that you’re not alone in your struggle. In fact, there are tons of entrepreneurs who have faced the same challenges and prevailed. It can be so easy to give up when things seem too tough. But it’s very important to remember all the people who have overcome struggle and found success.
Look for inspiration from people like Oprah Winfrey and J.K Rowling — both experienced great hardship before achieving great success. Find examples of people who have done what you want to do, or are doing what you want to do, and use them as examples for your own journey. It will help you maintain a positive outlook on life, no matter what comes your way.
We recently spoke with Bobby Baum on our podcast about his journey into entrepreneurship and the struggles he has faced along the way. It’s a great chat that will hopefully inspire you as much as it did us!
Schedule time to take care of yourself
Entrepreneurship can be tiring and stressful, if you’re not taking care of yourself, it will impact your work. You’ll get tired quicker and won’t be as productive. Make sure to schedule time for your mental health by going on a short walk or giving yourself a break from screens.
It is important to make sure to take time for yourself, even when things are going well. Doing so will help you set healthy boundaries between your business life and personal life. You also need to find a mentor or coach who can support you through tough times. When you face challenges or setbacks, it’s important for someone else to be there for support.
In fact, this is exactly where we can help! If you would like some support throughout your entrepreneurial journey, then be sure to book a complementary discovery call with us. There is no obligation to work with us but is a great way to discover if we could be a good match.