When times are difficult – whether it’s in the business, at home, or in your own head, you know what you have to do, don’t you? Get on with it. A couple of things I’ve learnt since becoming self employed and then, a business owner…….
If someone is, shock, horror, saying things about you that you feel are not warranted – ignore it. Get on with it. Spend your time doing things that will outshine the comments that have probably come to you third hand and are not 100% accurate.
If your home life is impacting on your business, accept it, and do the best you can despite this. And make up the time when people are asleep, watching TV or napping. Don’t let it absorb your outlook for the entire day. If you are a mum with kids, ask someone to have the children for 3 hours – do a swap! Then you get something done if all else is failing.
If your head is messing with your ability to manage your business either get someone to help you with your head, or, to help you run your business whilst you sort your head out.
I know that there will be so many people reading this and saying “yes but….” Don’t say yes but… just get on with it. We all have times where we are up and down in being business owners. I do. But I have things in place to make sure that when it’s a down time, I have a network of people to call on for help, to share my concerns with and laugh at the absurdity of things which today, seem HUGE news but in reality, will be tomorrow’s fish and chip paper.
When I look back at the time that I started out in business, I am amazed at how much time I’ve spent thinking about how different scenario’s could play out. I am amazed at how much I’ve taken to heart comments that come to me third hand. I am amazed at how I have allowed others to influence my thinking. It’s like becoming a parent – you can’t explain it until you’ve done it. Here’s hoping that this post helps someone to make that progress quicker, and sees the benefits of it.
And on the other hand, if someone asks you for help, to enable them to get on with it, please go out of your way to help them. They will really appreciate it.
Are you getting on with it? How are you doing it?