In the beginning, motivation is high, excitement is through the roof and you feel unstoppable. There is no one telling you what to do or how to do it. Rather, you are the captain of the ship, rocket, or any metaphor that come to mind. Startup names start to form, social media profiles are made, along with other foundations for this new venture. All you can talk about is what’s to come, how great you feel and why you should have picked this sooner. One of the best times to reassure the choice you have made to join the entrepreneurial pool of success stories.
Thus, I call this “summer” because everything is enticing with no real worries. A time where even the paperwork is stress-free with no brain bursting deadline. A steady rise with no fall insight, exactly how “summer” as I see it, should be.
However, we know at some point this ends, stress creeps in with all of its other friend’s anxiety, doubt, second-guessing, just to name a few. They ban together to push you as far down as possible, which in this case is back to your old life/job. I call it “drought,” everything seems so dry, unnerving and wrong. No rise in sight, just a lot of what if’s
It Does Not Last
This period lasts for as long as you give it power, which many of us always do. When am I going to see income, what if this is the wrong choice, the niche is too saturated. Doubt, anxiety and second-guessing are just so powerful, especially when combined with zero income. Unfortunately, this is foundational in an entrepreneur’s life of uncertainty. A rarely mentioned piece of the pie that would scare off most people. Not to mention, when the bills are piling up, social life dwindles etc
However, I want to tell you that the way out is simple from my experience, but it is on you to make it so. The method I use to do this will be different from yours in some shape or form. Not a big deal, remember we are all different. Yet, my way out consists of two key things, believing and reminding myself that I chose this because it’s my path.
Not Over Night
I was not able to do this right away, as it seems when reading. It took time as well as the desire to build the life I deem worthy. Setting minor goals instead of large ones, like writing half a blog post instead of a full before taking a break. Mediation to step back during “drought” periods because trust me there will be more and removing the need to compare with others.
Thus, I was able to believe in myself in conjunction with this new venture. Once, this happens, you no longer suffer from long periods of lows, rather short ones that aid in growth. Less questioning, just building and moving forward.
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