Everyone ticks. As a whole, many of us get along pretty well but sometimes we get caught up in thinking about the past or worrying about the future – which causes unnecessary pain. Every so often you need a good kick in the pants reminder to live in the moment and to appreciate what is around you right now. In this very moment, what happened yesterday, last month or last year doesn’t matter. RIGHT NOW- you have a blank slate and a fresh start.
As an entrepreneur willing to take a risk and venture out on your own, you are putting yourself out there. You aren’t afraid to be vulnerable. However, if you let it, one bad email or annoying social media post can throw you off for the whole day. Having said that, it is ok to feel what you are going to feel in that moment. Recently an entrepreneur told us, “It is OK to be vulnerable. You don’t have to be cool all of the time.” Just be sure to recognize that feeling, acknowledge it and keep going. If you find yourself thinking about it again, rinse and repeat.
There will always be people that don’t agree with you. Good! That means you stand for something. The best way around that is through. Although easier said than done, focus on the good things that are happening. So much of what we do requires practice, as does the ability to focus on what is good right now. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. You can simply sit on your front porch and listen to the birds. Mindfulness seems like a cliché term nowadays, but there is some truth to its practice. Give yourself the time to just be.
Most entrepreneurs aren’t in it for the dollars. If you are willing to take a risk, have a good reason why. Find that one thing that excites you and turn any discomfort into motivation to keep your dream in motion. Doing so leaves you open to the critics, open to the risks, and open to self-doubt. That’s OK. Getting stuck in that cycle isn’t. Recognize and acknowledge the feelings don’t ignore them – but also know that right now matters, there is always something good, and what happened in the past is just that – it’s in the past.
“Human is as good as it gets.” – Bobbi Duffy