Staying the Course
Posted by Yura Bryant
Let’s face it being an entrepreneur is hard. We have all seen how the end outcome of hard work can turn out amazing for a few but what was their entrepreneurial journey like before those successful results occurred? For many continuing to work hard despite producing minimal results can be frustrating as hell. You stay up all night, sacrifice your personal life and forgo a steady paycheck all based on the chance of luck and hard work meeting up in order to produce a successful venture. You risk it all but as the days, months and years go by giving up seems like the best option. Why continue to struggle when no one is willing to accept your idea or willing to take a chance on your ability to turn an idea into a successful business?
Only a small percentage of people really become successful at entrepreneurship because they have no other intention but to do so. Some people step up to the entrepreneurial plate with an unwavering focused mindset to succeed, while many others tip toe to the plate timid and unprepared to do battle. The keyword to take from that last sentence is battle. Entrepreneurship is an ongoing battle that can either bring out the best in you or feed on the weaknesses you posses in order to break you down. For the most part when people get put under pressure and put to the test they fold up and retreat. You cannot be an effective entrepreneur if you are afraid to go through the storm in order to get to the light.(even when light comes about storms are always in the forecast ready to appear at any moment) This is what staying the course is all about. Withstanding the trials and tribulations that come your way by persevering and remaining steadfast on your intended goal.
Follow these 3 guidelines in order to stay along the course.
1) Know Where You Want to Go. When you know where you want to go distractions become easier to block out. If you go about being an entrepreneur with no intended focus, it is easier for you to give up when nothing significant occurs as time passes by. But how can you really expect to be productive when you are only running around in circles. Entrepreneurship is not about appearing to be busy but rather actually working hard on those things that will move you forward. Stop daydreaming and imaging and put your words and ideas into action. One of the number one reasons entrepreneurs do not excel is because they procrastinate and have no game plan to follow. If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur know what you want to achieve and develop the strategy on how you will get there.
2) Understand the Challenges. Being an entrepreneur is not all peaches and cream, meaning it’s not always a sweet ride. It involves a lot of dirty work, hustling and grinding in order to create the pretty picture. This is where a lot of would be entrepreneurs begin to stumble at. The reality of being in control of your own destination hits people by surprise and the risk involved with such responsibility proves to be an overwhelming burden. Besides your own personal conflicts you have a business you are trying to make successful which can combine for a major headache. But through all the confusion and chaos you must remember that pressure is a part of the game. If this was truly easy then everyone would be successful at it. This is not the case though and those who do stay in the game are those who fully accept the challenge it presents.
3) Overcome Obstacles that Arise. Usually when a wall is presented in front of us we turn away. Why break down a wall when it requires too much work, it is much easier to just turn back around. As an entrepreneur conquering barriers must be something you find enjoyment in doing. Just ask Lebron James, he went through many setbacks before he finally became a NBA champion. It might take you a hundred times before you finally get one customer but after so many tries you now know what it takes to close the deal. Obstacles are placed before us in order to be building blocks for our personal growth which adds to our ability to perform as a capable entrepreneurs. Never give up when things seem at a lost because right around the corner may be the opportunity that moves you towards the destination you are seeking.
Being an entrepreneur is no cake walk and is not intended for the faint of heart. If you step to it with a warriors attitude you may just find yourself in the winner’s circle. There is no guarantee you will be successful but as long as you believe in yourself and your vision, who is to say that you cannot accomplish what you put in your mind to achieve.
Posted on June 28, 2012, in Entrepreneurship, Self-Improvement, Small Business and tagged barriers, Challenges, challenging, commitment, determination, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial Ambitions, Entrepreneurial journey, Entrepreneurship, focused, frustration, game plan, Grinding, Hard work, Hustle, necessary effort, obstacles, Opportunity, perseverance, Productivity, Self Improvement, Self motivation, Small Business, staying the course, strategize, Strategy, strong willed, Success, Survival, Vision, work ethic. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.