There are and have been times in the journey of building my business, that have been tough. Whether that was in times of lacking money and not sure whether I would be able to pay my bills or not, or just having way too much to do and not having an idea of how to tackle it.
Both of these situations, are difficult – but it’s how you approach it and how you can problem solve, makes all the difference. It is very easy to get stuck in a rut and to keep going round, and around in circles, and keeping on doing the same thing, but not resulting in any progression; as they say;
“Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity.”
It is also very easy to get stuck in a victim mind-set, where “bad” things start happening, and you then start to dwell in negativity, and this continues in a never-ending spiral. Negativity can cloud your judgement and true view of how things really are. More often than not, you are probably in a good place, and you probably have more opportunities and good things within your reach, than you think. I do believe in the idea of “like attracts like”.
Believe you me, I have encountered both of these unhelpful mind-sets during the course of the initial years of building my business. It is very, very easy to get stuck, to get overwhelmed with negativity. Heck, I still struggle with that now. I have suffered from anxiety and depression – and even though it’s been years since I’ve suffered from a really bad period of that … it’s still something that does come back and that does prove difficult to shake. But with the grace of God, support and continuous love, I am good. I am good. I also believe God has always got my back too.
So what else have I learnt during the course of this entrepreneurial journey?
I have had struggles, in terms of financial, inner struggle, but in all of these cases, these have definitely helped to build resilience, especially in decision-making and simple things such as organisation and prioritising.
I have also found that in terms of decision-making, that they must be made with reflection on how much a particular decision, or string of decisions, impacts your business. You’ve got to be forward thinking. Is it a good investment?
Will it waste your time? Will it add value to your business? Will it add value to you?
And finally, business is definitely confident boosting, as you are having to continuously put yourself out there without fear of rejection. With the client collating side of things, you are continuously networking and talking to all sorts of people within different industries and groups.
Hope this was insightful, and helpful. If you’d like to chat to me about any of your own entrepreneurial journeys, I would love to hear about it!