Before You Throw In The Towel

Stressed Business ManEmbrace the moments in which you feel like giving up.  No, seriously.  Take it all in.  Acknowledge those feelings of being overwhelmed and bouts of uncertainty.  Really understand yourself when you’re feeling self-doubt versus you just don’t know what you’re doing.  Go ahead and ask yourself, ‘what the HECK did I get myself into?!’   If you didn’t say it, go ahead and say it now.  And once you’ve finished saying it, breathe.

Everyone is going to feel like at some point that going into business for themselves may have not been the wisest decision.  And it doesn’t help when the list of things that need our attention continues to grow and the time we have to attend to them decreases.  Being overwhelmed and feeling uncertain may become the norm for us, for a while.  Whether you could no longer tolerate your job/ boss or are following a passion, taking complete control of how you want to spend the rest of your life and deciding that you are the only person you want to answer to can be scary off paper.

Self-employment, entrepreneurship, freelancing, business owner, although not interchangeable, but interrelated, is not something for the faint of heart.  It takes a willful person with a resilient attitude and an optimistic outlook to be able to survive the storms and shakes of business.  So, again, breathe.  Yes, business may be slow, cash flow may be stagnant, the market may be down, the  resources may be burnt out and timing may be off.  But if you’ve made it this far, you’re cut out for the job.

But don’t give up.  Many of the most successful people, entrepreneurs included, had setbacks and obstacles against them and they still persevered.

So, go ahead.  Feel overwhelmed, tired, beaten, frustrated, exhausted and a little doubtful.  But don’t stay there.  Don’t throw in the towel.  You’ve come this far believing you can succeed and live your dream.  It’s okay to acknowledge those feelings that keep us up at night or take root in the back of our mind, as long as we don’t linger there.  It’s no easy feat taking the reins, but anything worth having will endure some hardships.  As 2012 comes to a close, think about how far you’ve come and not how much farther you have to go and soon you’ll see that all your hard work will manifest into your vision.



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