Tough Times Never Last – But Tough People Do
Your true beginning,
Entrepreneurship is the beginning of true freedom. You will never see the finish line, only a path of growth as a person, entrepreneur, and businessman. Remember that one will learn, fail, learn again until you get the results you longing for. The more mistakes you make, the more you will learn that this is the only way of self-growth.
This is, of course, easier to say than to do, we are only humans, right? Why can one not have that expectation you ask? The answer: then you won’t be able to continue to push yourself and to step outside that prison-like comfort zone and grow. You won’t search for what truly helps your business because stretching yourself also brings satisfaction, experience, and explosive results.
Before you know it, you're feeling sorry for yourself and you turn to your familiar coping mechanism.
On any adventure, there are times of joy and more than a few setbacks. Times of joy, you will feel like you can accomplish anything. It gives you the strength and motivation to continue. During the hard times, negative feelings and emotions can easily take over. Before you know it, you're feeling sorry for yourself and you turn to your familiar coping mechanisms. Those coping mechanisms could be anything from food, alcohol, watching TV or any other thing that takes your focus away from being successful in your field. Being your own boss and not having a company dictating your day, "coping" could turn into weeks of doing nothing.
Becoming a successful entrepreneur means understanding the hard times, and erase words such as; can't, hard, tired, maybe – you get the drift. In other words, push when pushing is needed...
To get through obstacles, acknowledge that they're there. The portal to your feelings and emotions is your thoughts. What you think and focus on is what you also will attract into your life. When you're dealing with obstacles and want to avoid the dark place you can never let your thoughts focus on what you can't control and why that situation is happening to you.
"Focus on what brings you joy and be grateful for all the good things in your life."
When you feel everything spiraling, give yourself one minute to fully feel what is going on in your head. Forget suppressing thoughts -- let them out. When trying to suppress them, they only grow stronger and threatens to take control. Once you have given yourself one or two minutes, take control of your situation. Focus on what brings you joy and be grateful for all the good things in your life. Remember that it's hard to be down when you're expressing gratitude.
Life can be messy. Changes can be extremely hard. Growing a business most certainly is not easy and can feel like everything will go wrong. There are always going to be things you can't and shouldn't try to control; like people expressing their opinions, this is like kryptonite, when you let people get to you and crush your dreams. There are, however, things you can do something about; listen to those who come with constructive criticism, there is nothing wrong to listen. When everything feels like the slow motion you always have the power to readjust. When it feels like uphill, go back to that special place that gave you the energy and inspiration in the beginning.
Ask for help
When obstacles feel like more than you can handle. Seek help from those you know went through or are going through what you’ve experienced in hard times, it can be the difference between you getting through it or failing. Don't try to be a superhero. Seek help if help is needed. Make decisions that will help you recover; this is one of the best things you can give yourself. The most successful entrepreneurs understand that obstacles don't have to be business breakers. Crisis in your life; it's not a crisis -- it's your response that determines your success. Stay strong, process, create your vision and then take action.
By: Jonas Ucar, CEO Ucarsrekond Jonas Ucar started his career in pension funding, for 15 years he worked in this field, but never felt satisfied with his situation. Working for others wasn't his cup of tea. One day at work he was scanning the internet on his lunch break, there he found a land sale, a forest in size 100 hectare. In a heartbeat, Jonas called the owner and bought the forest. He quit his job and started an eco-friendly steam business. "Being your own boss has its difficulties but compared to being locked down to employment there is no greater feeling being your boss, strategist, key account manager and every other title there is. Dreams are there for you to make come true, but everything is in your own hands, courage, motivation, mental strength and of course, a drop of entrepreneurship is of the essence." – Jonas Ucar