The highs and lows of entrepreneurship
You start off on a high note- you decide to commit to launching your business, you secure funding and all your inputs. Things seem to be going well but then you hit your first speed bump. First a machine breaks down and then one of your skilled employees leave. An unexpected tax bill arrives and you seriously consider calling it quits. Does any of this sound familiar? It may not have happened in the exact same way but I am almost sure that it did and until you get a handle on the business, it will most likely happen again.
It's all part of the entrepreneurial process and trust me it does take time for all the kinks to be ironed out. How can you stay sane in the interim? The key is to develop some useful coping mechanisms to help you navigate the trying times.
Keep your Pilot light burning- You need to constantly return to the reason why you decided to become an entrepreneur. It's easy to lose sight of your goal when the going gets tough so its advisable to take some time, preferably every morning and every night to re-connect with your vision.
Find a Mentor- It doesn't have to be someone in the business. It doesn't even have to be a person, you just need to be able to express your thoughts, your fears and hopes. This can be done talking to a friend or by simply putting pen to paper.
Schedule some 'You' time- Nothing fancy here but its necessary to stay centred and grounded. You have to take care of self first in order to get anything done. So make sure that you do things that help you to relax and stay calm.
Meditate- In our busy world of instant everything its easy to become distracted and anxious. Meditation brings you back to your centre, you don't even have to sit still and close your eyes, the same effect can be achieved by doing art or walking in nature.
I hope my helpful tips inspire you to tackle the valleys of entrepreneurship. It is not an easy road but definitely a worthwhile one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debbie-Ann Jollie is a marketing communications executive with more than 10 years experience creating marketing strategies and promotional campaigns for a diverse array of corporate clients and first time entrepreneurs. In her not so spare time she likes writing blogs for her boutique, sipping on Jack Daniel's honey ('cause vodka gives her a headache) and taking naps on Sundays.