The Struggle Is Real: But You Don’t Have To Do It Alone.
By Cassandre Pierre
The new year is here and many people are more than likely sharing or declaring their resolutions. But, lets be honest 95% or more they’re going to break them or struggle for a while with them. I don’t mean to be a Debbie downer as the expression goes. ( Who is Debbie by the way?)
Lets be real
When it comes to starting or running a business online or offline. The reality is that you will have moments of struggle. I mean even those who are more established can tell you that they had plenty of obstacles to overcome internally and externally. Heck, I’m struggling with some things at the moment as I write this.
So what’s my point? You’re probably asking?I’m writing this for those who are gob smacked in the thick of things and are feeling overwhelmed,alone, and defeated .
You got this & you’re not alone.
Don’t get sucked into the hype. Most people don’t like to talk about or promote the struggles or setbacks that comes with building an online business. Which is understandable,it is not sexy nor does it sell.
Here are a few tips that I myself have used and often have to implement when I have my own moments of giving up.
• Find your tribe
• Get an accountability partner
• Break down your goals
• Practice self care
• Remember your why
Find your tribe
I use to think this was just a trending statement that had no real meaning. But, now that I understand what it means and how important it is. I no longer take it for granted. As an introverted individual this was a bit difficult for me at first. I tend to work on my own with as little distractions or so I attempt to. Yet, I found myself feeling there was a void and it came down to I needed to interact with likeminded people.
The benefits speak for themselves.
• Sounding out ideas with others and getting real feedback
• Asking questions and being able to receive practical responses
• Being able to speak about a topic more in depth
• And having access to individuals who come from various backgrounds and experience levels
Get an accountability partner
Because I was able to find my tribe, I am fortunate enough to have met my accountability partner. She has been a much needed asset in my own online business journey. As stated above the benefits speak for themselves.
Break down your goals and tasks
I’m guilty of trying to do too many things all at the same time,then get burnt out faster. Which in the long term is a terrible idea. You actually become more susceptible to procrastination. That’s a whole other topic for another day.
Here’s what method I’ve come with, I call it the power of three. First,middle, and last. This is when you take a task and break them into 3 parts. Depending on the size of your task it can vary on how long you get it accomplished. The point is to write it down the day or night before. And schedule a time when you just focus on just that. You can read more here.
Practice self care
This may raise some eyebrows, but it is very important to take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically.
You can’t pour from an empty cup
For me this means getting enough rest, eating well and often, taking breaks, moving my body ( yoga, walking, going for jog) and journaling. For example I noticed that when I didn’t get enough rest my brain would be foggy and I couldn’t think straight or it would take me longer to accomplish something that would normally take me a few minutes but actually be drawn out for hours. Not cool.
Last but not least…Remember why you started.
The group I’m in we have an exercise where we reassess why were doing what this. For some it’s being able to spend more time with their family. Some it’s about financial freedom or the ability to travel and not be tied to a cubicle.
Whatever are your reasons are, what you set out to accomplish by getting out of your comfort zone and going against the norm. Is not only for the faint of heart, but those who are Brave.