Chris Brogan recently wrote a blog called “It’s Easy to Get Discouraged” in which he talked about how easy it is to get discouraged when certain people get negative about you or your work. It was a good post and it addressed an age-old problem: how do we keep our sense about us when faced with (outside) criticism.
His blog got me thinking, what happens when the criticism and doubt comes from within? How do we stay encouraged when our very own psyche is getting negative on us and critiquing all we do?
Running a business is hard. Staying in business is even harder. Many of us go into it wide-eyed and bushy-tailed thinking we have what it takes to beat the odds. After all, we’re different, we’ve learned from others’ mistakes, we can make it work! Then reality starts to beat you down. Customers don’t come as easily as you expected. Outside forces begin to put pressure on you to produce more, faster. Just like Chris Brogan said, it’s easy to get discouraged.
Is this the thing that separates the successes from the failures? The ones that can continually overcome the self-doubt and self-discouragement rise to the top while the want-to-be entrepreneurs who let those feelings devour them sink to the bottom like a lead balloon?
This week I want to reach out to you and ask you: How do you avoid getting discouraged? What do you do to battle that self doubt and negativity that creeps into your mind – that voice that says, “who are you kidding? You can’t do this – get a job ya bum!”
I look forward to hearing from you. Please click here to leave your comments. (And then scroll down to the comments section on the bottom of the page)