Most people who want to start a business do so because they want more in life than what is presented in full-time or part-time job. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a job, however, entrepreneurship offers you the opportunity to express creativity. As a business-owner you created your business to solve a problem in the best way you can. However, when the spark dies down a bit, or you hit a snag, it can be disheartening. This. Is. Normal. Here’s why.
1. Creativity Comes in Cycles
Throughout time, artists who create the most famous works have to take a bit of time to step away from a project. They either spent this time tending to family issues, focusing on their full-time job, or tinkering with another project. Entrepreneurship is the same. There will come a time when your brain feels drained and you can’t come up with your next campaign. You won’t be able to even choose a color for a shirt design. Maybe, you aren’t finding the right areas to start looking at homes to flip. This happens. In these times, redirect your focus; do it just for a little while. Allow your mind to be rejuvenated by activities that help you relax. This can mean taking care of tasks that have been on your mind, going to the doctor to make sure you’re healthy, or knocking out work tasks to free up your brain.The spark will return and when it does, you will feel a little more refreshed.
2. Nobody Can Determine Your Work Ethic
You know what your goal is at the end of the day. You know the timeline you have set out for yourself and your business. You know how exhausted you are from being busy day after day. Don’t allow anyone in your business push you too far past your limit. It’s nice to hear success stories about how entrepreneurs worked late nights and had to go above and beyond to get to where they are. That’s cute and all, but they don’t mention the nights where they went to bed at 8pm. They don’t mention the times when they had to attend a funeral instead of creating a super computer. No one has a special pass that allows them to bypass sleep deprivation, starvation, failing relationships, or (as mentioned above) a lack of motivation. Just because they have that fire under their ass when they preach to you, doesn’t even mean they will have it when they are out of your sight. Only you can define if you are a hard worker or not. If you are doing everything you can to reach your goals and maintain some emotional balance, your work ethic is fine.
3. You Won’t Let Yourself Down
If you thought you would, I’m telling you now that you will not let yourself down. You will find the time. You will find new, greater ideas. Your financial setbacks will be overcome or worked around. You can and you will do what it takes to see this through! You don’t want to be the person who says “I wanted to start a business but…” or “I used to have a company until…”. When you imagine an entrepreneur, erase whatever person you have in your mind and replace them with the best image of yourself. As your own definition of a business owner, you are holding yourself accountable for a standard of service of which you can be proud! When someone asks “Who do you look up to?” You can say you look up to the person you are becoming, because you know they embody every characteristic you wish to have and there is no other business owner that can do it like you.