Ever had one of those days….maybe weeks or months….where you just felt stuck? Frustrated at the lack of progress in your business. You try all sorts of things to gain traction only to end up spinning your wheels. And you keep trying. Nothing seems to work. Sure, you get new leads, but landing new clients just isn’t happening. At least not on the timeframe you want. Your passion starts to wane.
I must admit. I’ve been feeling that way recently.
New campaigns. Different topics. Pilot programs. More networking and connecting. Speaking to different audiences. Doing all these great things to promote my services, but somehow struggling to get traction. Or should I say, struggling to achieve the results I want.
Entrepreneurship is hard. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. The benefits are amazing, but there is serious work to be done. There are no overnight success stories. No “get rich quick” schemes. And certainly no online businesses that generate 6-figures with no sweat equity regardless of what the “experts” or “gurus” tell you.
Building a successful business from scratch takes time, effort, passion, and determination.
That is the reality. But we so often try to compare ourselves to others to measure our progress. Problem is – we typically compare ourselves to entrepreneurs that are on a different chapter in their business story than we are. I know. I’ve done it.
I would get discouraged when my results were not as spectacular as my peers. On the surface, it appeared as if we were doing the same things, but the results were dramatically different. The real issue was the fact I was in the infant stage of my new business, whereas my peer had been working toward those results for twice as much time as I had been. Big difference.
When we start comparing, we lose track of what is most important. Of course, we all want to have great results in the work that we do. But as we put our head down and focus on the journey, we end up losing sight of the destination.
I realized that when I felt frustrated and stuck, it was because I was overly concentrating on the details of the journey. Specifically – the how, when, where, and who. I was getting slowed down in my progress because I lost focus on the destination. Or more specifically – the What and Why I decided to launch my business.
When you make the decision to start a business or new endeavor, your passion is what drives you. What is the product or service you are bringing to the world. Why is your story, your desire, and your passion behind it.
One of my sources of inspiration comes from daily quotes I receive via email from Abraham-Hicks. Just the other day, I received this in my inbox:
“When you talk about what you want and why you want it, there’s usually less resistance within you than when you talk about what you want and how you’re going to get it. When you pose questions you don’t have answers for, like how, when, where, who, it sets up a contradictory vibration that slows everything down.”
It was like the light bulb went on! When I am overly focused on the details, I lose track of the purpose. Energetically, it slows me down and breeds discouragement and despair.
So, the next time you find yourself flailing to get traction or achieve the results you desperately want in your business, take a moment to reset. Ask yourself Why you chose this path and What your contribution is to the world. Shift your thoughts inward and get back in touch with your desire and passion. Let go of the “To Do list” for a moment. Ground yourself in your Why. Your next best move will become much clearer and inspired rather than forced.