When is an effort truly a failure?
- When you give up and decide to move on?
- When you hear a certain number of “no’s”?
- When you make a mistake and don’t learn from it?
Often times when reading biographies or stories about anyone who’s “made it” you’ll hear about numerous missed shots, rejection letters and people just flat out telling them no. And then eventually, somewhere amidst all the negativity, frustration and thoughts of giving up, they catch some sort of break. Many times a small break, just enough to keep them moving for another day. And then another.
Like with many things in life: losing weight, changing jobs, starting a business and even starting a family, there will be challenging times, even more challenging than we could have anticipated. But does that mean that we’re destined to fail? Absolutely not. Usually the hardest times come right before a major breakthrough. As if we’re being pushed to our limits to see how much we can take before seeing the fruit of our efforts.
This is important to keep in mind when first starting out on your business journey so you don’t have unrealistic expectations and set yourself up for failure as soon as the going gets tough.
Here are 4 things I learned from my “failures”:
1) I usually have an idea about how I want my business to look and how things will come together to make this happen. I’ve found I sometimes get so attached to this idea and that I can’t see an even better alternative.
It’s good to have a map to guide you, but be flexible and open minded.
2) Be clear about why you want to build your business and don’t let it all be about money. Get down to the nitty gritty details so when the challenges come (because they will!) you’ll remember why you started and can power through.
Set a clear WHY from the beginning so even on “off” days you can continue to move forward.
3) Be open to feedback. Ask questions, and lots of them. Many answers won’t be what you want to hear. You can take it personally or use it as fuel to become better. Ask others who have achieved what you want. Ask clients what they want, what is, and isn’t working and what you could do better.
There’s always room for growth but how will you know where or how unless you ask?
4) Be a dreamer AND a doer. Many times we start out on the path of building our own business because we have a dream of doing things our way. This great motivation! But it’s not enough. You must also have the organization, support, mindset and systems to take consistent action.
Surround yourself with people who have achieved what you want and who motivate you. Let negativity go in one ear and out the other. Listen to your gut.
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Now get back to building that business!