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Fast Acting Answers (With Action Steps) For When You're Ready To Quit

Michelle Dale - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

You've set up a business, you have unwavering determination to succeed, you do everything you've been taught, you follow all the steps, and you may even see some results but you feel in one or more areas you're simply not where you want to be and you begin feeling deflated, maybe even ready to quit - I've been there, all entrepreneurs have been there at some point in their lives, and when you find yourself there, bookmark and come back here for the solution you need to snap out if it and pump yourself back up again ;-)

I Just Don't Know What To Do...

It's really quite normal that you don't know what to do, but here's one thing you can 'do' about it... The answer to this question is always inside yourself, but we tend to drown out our inner voice and instinct with the noise of the world around us.

"What are they doing that I'm not?" "Maybe I need to go back to school", "Maybe I don't have the magical formula yet", "Maybe I'm missing something". We then read and research online to try and get the missing piece of the puzzle, and we find contradicting and conflicting information that confuses us even further... "She says to do this, but he says never do that" - "He says this works, but she says that never works" - Who is right and who is wrong? The answer is neither. What do you say? Have you ever asked yourself? Payed attention to 'your feelings' on the matter?

What every successful entrepreneur has found is the answer within them, the answer that was right for them, and they listened and acted, and it paid off. It could also be right for others, but not always for everyone.


So you want to know what to do? Write out on a piece of paper what you want, decide on an action to take today of how to get it, and then every day, close your eyes, quiet your mind, and ask yourself what to do... then let it go. Keep repeating this daily, the answer may come immediately or it may take some time, but it will come, so once you have asked, be very open, very aware, and when you have inspired thought act on it NOW, without delay.

"If you know what to do to reach your goal, it's not a big enough goal." - Bob Proctor

Shit, I'm tired man...

If you're tired you have to rest up - sleep, take a few days off because if you don't things will get worse, you'll become less productive, less intuitive, less enthusiastic and less positive. You need all of those things in abundance to be successful. If you're tired - REST, otherwise you sabotage everything you're working towards - simple.

Do you really think you can service your clients well, and give it the best you've got when you're broken down tired? Nobody ever won any prizes for killing themselves over their business. 


Think about something that relaxes you, it might be walking in the park, reading a book, taking a nap, going for a coffee, going for a Pina Colada - whatever it is, just go do it - without feeling guilty about it! Then only come back to work when you're feeling refreshed and ready to give it all you've got.

"I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently." - Ernest Hemingway 

Seriously, This is taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

If you keep telling yourself that, then it will take forever. Have you ever heard of the law of attraction? We get what we think about, and if you're thinking that becoming successful is going to take forever then it will, start changing your thoughts to the present day, and the accomplishments you made up to it. You HAVE made progress, it isn't taking forever, it's actually happening right now. You just have to look...


List all the accomplishments you've made since you started, and keep adding to the list, you'll soon find that things are continuously progressing. Did your website appear out of thin air? No. Did your reading list read itself? No. Did those social media connections appear on their own? No... It's all progress, and it happens when you apply yourself to the task at hand, not when you are stressing about how long it's taking.

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." - Beverly Sills

WHY isn't this working!!!

When you ask yourself this question, it's time to dig deep... Deeper than you've ever been before, and you're going to dig until you reach something called your "Belief System" (don't kid yourself in thinking this is on the surface, it's not).

If you want to know why it's not working, you need to ask yourself whether you truly believe it can - if you're wondering how you find that feeling, it's like a feeling of knowing. For example, when you go to the bathroom, do you ever feel an anxiety, fear or doubt that the water will come out of the tap when you turn it on? No, of course not, you take it as a given that the tap with work, the water will come out when you take a certain action.

Apply that to anything you are doing - when you say "why isn't this working" what you're really saying is that you never believed it would in the first place, you didn't have that inherent sense of knowing, so you have to work on that belief.

For example, I create business programmes, and they're centred around everything that I believe I have done right in my business, when I say "right" I mean, it absolutely works for me, and has proved itself to work over many years, over repetitive action. When I found one thing I did right, that I saw worked, I started to believe in it, I started to believe more also in myself, and I knew that if I kept doing it I would see results. 


If you want to see something work, you have to find something that you believe in. 

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Napoleon Hill

Do I Even Want This Anymore?

This is a real tipping point, when your mojo has left the building and you start to doubt that you even want this anymore... Is it really worth all the hard work?... Well, only you can decide.


Look at the way things are, and look at what might be, sorry, I mean what WILL be when you succeed, and ask yourself which one you like best, which one would you choose right now - you'll have your answer.

"It's hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but it's harder to give up when you know it's everything you want." – Unknown

Should I lower my expectations?

This is such a lame thing, actually it's bit like a cop out. Please don't feel so sorry for yourself that you end up telling yourself you have to lower your expectations. Expectations should always, always be HIGH, but sometimes we simply have to tweak the journey or the path we take to reaching them. 

Be grateful for everything that's good in your life (when you think about it, no matter what your circumstances, you'll find unlimited things to be grateful for, from light bulbs going on when you flick a switch to the roof over your head), and keep expecting it to just get better and better.... 

Lowering your expectations is like telling yourself that you're not worth it, and if you're not worth your highest expectations, why the hell even bother at all?


Hypnosis is a great way to get yourself out of this kind of mindset, and you don't need Paul Mckenna to do it, either. Spend 10 minutes a day, eyes closed, relaxed, no distractions repeating to yourself over and over again you highest expectation from yourself and your business, you will hypnotise yourself into believing it true, and when you do, you literally can expect it to happen. 

"The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith" - Wallace D. Wattles

Why Is This So Bloody HARD?

You really thought that having a successful business would be easy? 1 in 2 businesses fail in the first 4 years - if it was easy, those figures would be more favourable. 

This will be tough, you'll have ups and downs, good times and bad times, great days and crap days. The question is, are you able to deal with it? If you think you can, you will, if you think you can't - then you won't.


If you decide that you can work through it - then step up to the plate, put the past behind you, don't think about tomorrow, do what you can do today, things won't seem as hard when you break it down and think about the next few hours rather than the next few months.

"Don't wish it were easier. Wish you were better." - Jim Rohn

I hope after reading this you'll know whether it's time to quit, or time to pull your socks up and get back on the wagon :-)

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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