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.
"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...
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." - Beverly Sills
WHY isn't this working!!!
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.
"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?
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?
"The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith" - Wallace D. Wattles
Why Is This So Bloody HARD?
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.
"Don't wish it were easier. Wish you were better." - Jim Rohn