Working from home means you have total control. No stress caused by disagreements and other office politics, but absolutely everything that you do is your responsibility. Isolation is part of the cost and, when things go wrong, your negative emotions can start bouncing around.
You know nothing happens overnight. It takes weeks or even months of preparations before your new business takes off. What can you do when the thoughts of giving up cross your mind? Here are a few things you can try if you haven’t already.
Remember The “This Is It” Moment
You’ve carried on so far because once you decided this was what you really wanted to do, right? You must have a reason for it, and you must have had an epiphany when you decided this was going to be your new career. Do you remember the moment you were saying to yourself, “this is what I really want to do”?
Keep reminding yourself why you started in the first place. Remind yourself of the passion you had - you should still have - and how much you want to succeed.
Embrace Your Success
Throughout your career, you have already achieved many successes. When you are feeling left out by all the work to be done, it can be hard to find the positives. But actually, whatever’s achieved according to your plan is a success. So why don’t you make a list of your accomplishments, no matter how small?
Clarify Your Current Position Realistically
Everyone has ups & downs in life, and perhaps you already know how to deal with it when you feel like you’ve had enough - talk to friends, go away for a few days, etc. But if you feel your stress level is too high, it’s time to be realistic and decide whether you can come out positively by giving it all up.
There are two things to look at;
- The reasons you want to quit - Write down why you want to give up what you do and the goals you’ve been trying to achieve. Because you just cannot find enough time each day? The circumstances have changed? Because you get physically too tired?
- Imagine what happens if you give up - Have you already thought of anything else you could do instead? If you haven’t, you know you must. Then write down how you can make it happen. How feasible would it be? Do you think it’d be much more beneficial for you in the long run?
With these two exercises, your current position will become clearer to you - to decide whether it’s worth giving up all the efforts that you’ve put into this project so far.
If you started your business without consulting anyone, have come all the way on your own, and now you want to decide to quit without asking anyone for help… Then where will you go from here? Every entrepreneur has a mentor or someone, somewhere they can get support from, no matter how successful they may be.
Your friends and family may always be on your side, but you need a professional who can give you support as well as constructive criticisms. Find a discussion forum/community in the same industry. The forum should be spam-free (i.e. where members are not allowed to promote their businesses to one another.)
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Remember, if you never give up on what you really want, you will get it. So no matter how long it takes, just be patient and keep trying at it. Though it might seem hard, it's better than regretting not having done it at all. Here are some more quotes to keep you motivated when you’re feeling lost.
Contributors: TJ Salvatore, Mami Yamashita and Ray Alexander
A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story.
If I look determined, that's because I am.
Be thankful for all the struggles you go through. They make you stronger, wiser, and humble. Don't let them break you. Let them make you.
Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.
Everything changes. So do you.
Is your curiosity in the right direction?
Know your worth, stay humble, and be proud.
Silence is the best reply to a fool.
Life is easier when you don't concern yourself with what everybody else is doing.
No matter how many times I get knocked down, I rise back up and push harder.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
You are remembered for the rules you break.
Think positive, speak positive, and stay positive. Do it every day and do it BIG.
The smallest step in the right direction can end up being the biggest step of your life.
You don't stop riding when you get old. You get old when you stop riding.
Stop complaining about things you're not willing to change.
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