Common Challenges Entrepreneurs Face
Your challenges and difficulties are the lessons you need to learn and grow.
They are not a reason to stop moving forward and give up on your dream.
You can change how you view difficulties and use them to your advantage and growth.
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"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Success is Built on Challenges and Courage
Challenges are the spaces between where you are right now and where you want to be. They are lessons in disguise.
The lessons I learned in the valleys of my life are that every success I’ve enjoyed was built upon a thousand failures. When you find the courage to find opportunities in difficult and challenging times, you can dramatically transform your work and your life.
When we are faced with hard times, we don’t always feel all that courageous. Our usual response is anxiety, doubt, and fear.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t have courage inside of you.
Courage is interesting because you only need it when you’re feeling anxious or afraid, so courage is there even if you don’t feel it during a challenging situation.
Overcoming Deep Challenges
The only way I've found to overcome a deep challenge is to change the way you think about it. The way you think impacts how you feel. How you feel controls your behaviour. Your behaviour leads to your outcomes.
Overcoming challenges means changing your thinking.
Changing your thinking means:
Overwhelm From the Outside
Do you regularly think “I need help but there is so much out there I can choose to do - which way do I go?”.
Be wary of every snake oil salesman promising you that if you take their course, download their list, or implement their secret system this will be the key to your overnight success.
It’s not necessarily that what they’re selling is bad, but you may not be ready for their step, or you might be way past what they are offering.
When you have a clear dream and solid goals to get you there, it’s easier to recognize anything that doesn’t support or move your dream forward.
Anxiety From the Inside
Anxiety is triggered when we don’t know or are afraid of what the future holds. But feeling anxious doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on the wrong track.
You may think that if you’re experiencing anxiety that you’re making a wrong choice, but this isn’t always the case. If you start to view your anxiety as simply an indicator that you’re entering the unknown, you get to choose if you move forward or not.
Anxiety also doesn't mean that you won't be successful if you do proceed.
Change your mind set by thinking of anxiety simply as data.
Attach your thoughts to your future, not to your anxiety. Ask yourself "What is my anxiety at this moment showing me? What would be different if I were willing to just feel anxious and not fight it?"
If your anxiety gets the better of you, take a break. Go for a walk. Journal. Enjoy a cup of tea. Talk to your doctor. Have a nap. Pick up the phone and call someone and talk it through.
Find your freedom.
Live your life.
The Unexpected Entrepreneur: Now You're Here, Make a Difference While Making a Living
This book will give you the productivity skills and resources to help you make a difference while making a living. What if you could ditch your distractions and break free from overwhelm to create focus and achieve more than you ever thought possible? What would your life look like if you used doubt and fear as steppingstones to live with greater confidence? Perfectionism will no longer poison your mind or keep you from reaching your goals as you embrace the "perfectly imperfect" mindset.
When you've finished reading this book, you will have laid a strong foundation to transform your physical, digital, and mental spaces so that you can enjoy greater freedom and success in your entrepreneurial journey.