You have been in business for a while now and you might feel that you’re not getting anywhere or not reaching your potential. What’s worse is that you don’t understand why. It’s a constant struggle, you feel guilty if you’re not working all the time and if you have a family, you feel guilty you’re spending so much time in the business and not enough with them.
The stress is almost unbearable. You can’t remember the last time you took a holiday or if you did take one, you didn’t enjoy it much because all you could think about was the business rather than enjoy it.
The worry is eating away at you and the self-doubt is caving in. “What if I’m not good enough? What if this is all wrong and I’m not meant to be in this business, maybe I’m meant to do something else? What if I’m flogging a dead horse?”
You think to yourself “When I started I was so confident it was going to take off quick, I was confident that I’d be earning far more money than what I did working for someone else. I knew I could do it better.”
But the reality is proving much more difficult.
Now, the problems just keep piling up. Your clients are difficult but you have to keep them because it’s too hard to find new clients. Every waking hour is filled with thinking about your business and it is starting affect your sleep.
Your dreams feel squashed and it’s just too hard to take the time to envision your future. It was not meant to be like this and you’re barely coping. The cash flow is a nightmare, your clients are a nightmare, your personal life is almost non-existent, you don’t see your friends anymore. There seems to be never ending fires that just can’t be put out.
Your confidence is shrinking more and more. Your plans are not coming to fruition. Your goals seem unobtainable. Your motivation is waning. There’s so much to do and you don’t want to do it.
So much of your future is hinging on the success of your business. Your back’s up against the wall, there is very little room to move. It’s hard – very hard. There’s a quiet niggling voice inside your head asking you if it is really worth it.
There’s a temptation to quit but if you quit now, have you failed? And you really want to be successful but all you feel is trapped. Where’s the light at the end of the tunnel? How come you see all these other entrepreneurs so successful and you’re not?
Your passion has almost dried up. All this work has slowly sucked it out of you. You never imagined that this would happen to you, when was the last time you just got to relax?
What if it’s your thinking that’s contributing to your results? What if it’s your thinking around your business that’s preventing you from reaching your goals? What if by exposing yourself to new ways of thinking, it will start to make the necessary changes to your business that will bring about better results?
Albert Einstein once said:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
If you’re getting the same results, every month or every year, then you have to do things differently. How do you do things differently? Start by thinking differently.
Change your thinking, change your results.