Taking the leap to start your own business can be very frightening. You aren’t sure if it going to work out. Your circle of family and friends may not understand what you are trying to do. You are going to be dealing with a whole lot emotions and thoughts. This is why it’s highly recommended you start on the side while having steady income or a “day job”.
This is so you can test the waters and make adjustments as you go. Believe me its no fun living paycheck to paycheck. You definitely do not want to live project to project. Which happened to me being a service professional. This can all be avoid and we can talk about that in a different post at later time.
Today I want to give you some encouragement. For the times when things don’t see like they are going your way or it seems like it’s taking forever to reach your goals. As entrepreneurs (whether you a side-hustler or full-timer), we need to learn how to stop and smell the roses.
Measuring Success by the Little Victories
Celebrate the little victories because that’s what counts the most. They keep you motivated when you’re feeling like you’re in rut and keep hitting that roadblock. When I first started freelancing, it seem like I would always run into someone I knew and they would as the same question, “How the business going?”
My answer was always the same, “Slow.” I can’t count how many times I got overly excited when someone would request one of my services. The feeling would soon fade away when I either fail to hear from them or they go MIA in the middle of the project.
I was letting those bad experiences overshadow the good ones, where I actually got to finish the job from start to finish and the client came back for more. It was a tough lesson I learned trying to build my design portfolio but as time when on I figure out ways to avoid those dreaded pitfalls.
How to be Your Own Cheerleader
From here on out I want you to become your biggest fan, your #1 cheerleader. It’s all about having faith in your skills and the services or products you provide. Stop worrying about the tiny things and stop wasting your time thinking about the failures (or the potential of failing).
Instead focus on the good things, those small little victories you actually accomplished. Celebrate those to the fullest. Such as making the decision to follow your passion or getting that first client to competing that work and having that client return for repeat business. If you are selling products, it will be getting that first customer and proving amazing custom service so that not only they continue to come back but tell everyone else to come and buy from you.
When you accomplished those small victories, attach a reward to it. Do something for yourself that going to bring a smile. I’m telling you there is no better feeling this, achieving what you set out to do. Don’t you ever forget to stop, take a step back and look at all you are able to accomplish.
It may be just one little thing or ten but no matter the amount we all should take pride in what we have done so far. Measuring our success by the little victories give us the stepping-stones we need on our path to bigger ones.