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I have a lot of experience with setbacks and roadblocks. Numerous systemic and personal problems have arisen during my small and large projects. But if I hadn’t been determined and taken the initiative to tackle them head on instead of running from them, I probably wouldn’t have been as successful as I was in my entrepreneurial career.
All entrepreneurs face certain barriers and roadblocks, and because I have founded two successful companies, I know that there are many practical and substantive problems. But there’s also one important aspect that we don’t often think about, and that’s ourselves. We have to be the best we can and be at the pinnacle of our game to ensure the best chances of success.
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These are the thoughts that plague my mind, and I would believe they also plague the majority of entrepreneurs at one time or another. However, they are not physical and you cannot just get up and get them out of the way.
But mental roadblocks are more subtle and not always the obvious answer. There are many – I’m sure there are more than the ones I’m going to list here. But I can imagine that the experience I’ve had is very ordinary. Here are just some of the doubts that ran through my mind endlessly during the early stages of my career:
I will never be rich or as successful as I dreamed.
I’m not creative enough.
I don’t have enough knowledge to be successful.
I don’t have enough formal education to pass.
If I fail this time, I will never recover from it.
Only I can make the right decisions.
You may have experienced some of the above or others, but you have to stay above these kinds of issues if you want to shine. As far as I can see, there are several things you can do to ease and overcome any type of mental roadblock:
This is the first point for any londonbusinessblog.com. You must understand that adversity will come your way one way or another. But you can be prepared by accepting this as a reality. Just understand and accept that these feelings are normal. If they are too heavy to bear, we can seek professional or social help to overcome them in a therapeutic setting. However, the first step for me is to accept them as they come and not allow them to dictate every thought I have.
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Take care of yourself
This is another important aspect of your business life. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” as the saying goes. That’s an adage from one of my favorite movies, but it gets to the heart of the matter. Most of us will work hourly to achieve our entrepreneurial goals.
That’s all great, but we have to find a balance. Here are a few ideas for what you can do to avoid burning out:
Regular breaks throughout the day, even if it’s just 10 minutes
Longer retreats, such as a long weekend or a weeklong vacation
Set aside some time in your calendar for things you love to do – trust me, it’s vital
When you get overwhelmed by the tasks at hand, delegate
Build a strong network
We are social beings. We form families, friendships and communities. We need people around us. As entrepreneurs, we must choose our business partners wisely, but we must do the same for our friends.
We need a network of people we can fall back on in difficult times and who can inspire us during the good. It’s important to have positive people who will encourage you forward and lift you up when you’re down. Together they will help when you are faced with an inauspicious moment.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
This is an ego problem. Like many entrepreneurs, I used to find it very difficult to ask for help. My ego wouldn’t let me. I highly recommend getting your ego out of the way and admitting that you have a problem when something becomes a recurring problem in your personal life.
We all need help sometimes. It’s no shame, and it doesn’t make you a failure. And as I found, you’ll probably feel more relieved because you asked for and got the help you needed. Staying in your dark place won’t help you, and I’m sure you have those people in your life who naturally want to help you.
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Study your failures
You’ve probably heard this many times before, and there’s a reason for it. It is imperative to your success that you study your failures. We’re all getting knocked down, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. Ask yourself questions like the following:
What exactly caused my failure?
What was under control and what was not?
Could I have done something else to change the outcome?
What are the positives I can take from this experience?
What is the lesson I have learned? How can I apply it in the future?
If you fall, get up again
If you have truly accepted that adversity will come naturally, then you will easily understand this part. Being an londonbusinessblog.com isn’t about never failing, it’s about overcoming those failures. It’s about learning from those unfavorable moments and taking a positive turn from a bad moment.
As Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about getting back up.” It is inevitable that we will all stumble and fall at some point, but it is in our ability to overcome the moment and pick ourselves up again.
Being an londonbusinessblog.com is not an easy thing. But by taking good care of ourselves and taking good care of our habits and thought processes, we will go much further, both as entrepreneurs and as people.
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