What No One Tells You
All of us always start off with a great idea to start something. You start making your research, you read all the books on entrepreneurship. You followed people that are successful in that field, you read blogs that celebrate entrepreneurship and the freedom of working for yourself, and finally you decided to take the jump to start your own business.
However, what those blogs and books don’t talk about is that after the enthusiasm fades away the real grind begins. The grind is long and slow, and It becomes hard. You start to wonder if you’ll ever reach your goal. You doubt and question whether this was a good idea.
You ask question about if you good enough to get it done. It’s during this time when progress is slow and hard, it’s easy to give up and “settle” for current career and life.
You start trying to convince yourself that your vision is unrealistic. Things are “good enough” the way they are and you stop trying.
Make no mistake, “settling” is just another Key term for quitting. Most people that quit end up living with regrets. They live in the world of what “could have and should have”. Don’t give up on what’s rightfully yours – your dream, your desire for a better life, your God given right to have something better and to make a difference in the lives of your family and those around you.
Keep Pushing Beyond Your Comfort Zone
A proven way to keep from settling or quitting is to keep pushing beyond your comfort zone. No matter how uncomfortable it becomes, it’s critical that you get as far from your old routines as possible. The farther you get from your old way of doing things, the more likely it is that you’ll ultimately be successful. This isn’t “rah, rah, mumbo jumbo”, it’s based in our biological make up.
Your comfort zone is what you most familiar and feels comfortable. When you decide to move away from your comfort zone, you lose your sense of control. This triggers the natural survival instinct that we all have. In an effort to “reestablish control”, our brain drives us towards our goal so we can restore the balance we felt in our old routine.
Once a goal is reached, a new comfort zone is established. Ultimately, the time will come to once again move forward. Another term for this is “growth”. However, none of this can take place if you don’t move beyond your current way of doing things.
Need some help to keep you going? Use the ideas below to keep you moving away from your old life and toward the new one you deserve.
Remember Why You Start
Thinking about why you got started in the first place is a great exercise. It reminds you of the unhappiness; which originally compelled you to move will once again become your reality if you settle for “good enough”.
Spend Your Time with the Right People
You are the average of the five people you spend your time with, I have heard this so many times, and I can attest that it’s true.. Think about what a powerful affect that can have on your life and goals. If you spend time with people as motivated (or more motivated) as you, they’ll propel you forward when you feel like settling.
A better idea is to spend time with people who are more successful than you. What you learn from them could significantly shorten the path to your goal.
When a new opportunity or experience comes along, jump at it (as long as it’s not harmful to yourself or others). It’s so easy to say “no” to new experiences because they are; you guessed it, outside your comfort zone. Constantly trying new things is a proven method to get rid of old routines, allowing you to grow toward your goal. When you keep growing, you know, you are on to something and success is there waiting.