Happy Spring! I hope that you all have have been enjoying the first glimpses of Spring. Some of you are still experiencing some cold weather.
During my busy time, my head has been swirling with so many marketing and branding topics and issues. However, this month, I want to focus more on a leadership issue. Since starting this business, I am amazed at how much mental tenacity it takes to launch and continue a business or any initiative. Yes, I’ve had other businesses and projects that I’ve started in the past, but I was fortunate to have a partner or groups of people to help me stay encouraged. Being an entrepreneur is a lonely place. When you have those moments when you are choosing between sleep and work, paying a bill or investing in a client or your business, quitting the gig or keep trucking along. It is a constant mental game to just stay in the game. I’m sure I will eventually get to a level where I coast along, but right now, I am relying on the five things below to help me stay focused and mentally strong during these tough days. If you are in a similar struggle, I hope these points will also help you.
Remember Your Why: We have heard this many times, but it can’t be stressed enough. When things get complicated, tough and overwhelming, your why should keep you motivated.
Seek Balance: I recently read a quote that is slowly changing my life and giving me life: “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” (Vince Lombardi). When we are exhausted, we give in to our fears and anxiety. Get proper rest so that you can make good decision and have the mental strength to deal with issues that my come your way.
Expect Failure: Wait, what? Yes. Not every decision will be a great decision. Not every risk will be a smart one. The more you fail, the more it shows your willingness to keep trying and taking risks. Would we like to avoid failure at all costs? Sure. But that would mean you are playing it pretty safe.
Celebrate the Successes: Every single one of them. It may be small successes for you, but its important to acknowledge your progress, no matter how small or slow it may be.
Let it Go: I suffer from wanting to control things that are completely out of my control. As a leader and entrepreneur, you have to let things go. If not, you will spend precious time, energy and mental strength on things that cannot be changed. Let it go.
I hope this has helped you! Please let me know if you have other tips or advice for the mental state needed for entrepreneurs.