One of the best aspects of doing the entrepreneurship life with a co-conspirator is that they provide an invaluable service in checking your attitude and discipline.
Josh gave me some pushback recently when I was whining about the economy and the general political distraction making it tough to do business.
Making Excuses Will Steal Your Drive
I’m big on making the distinction between “explanations” and “excuses”. There are absolutely some tough realities in the business world. These can be legitimate explanations for life being tough. In fact, I recently blogged on the Hardest Things for Start Ups in the USA.
Yes, the economy is tough, the political climate can put businesses in stasis, taxes are burdensome, healthcare costly, proposals are lost for the wrong reasons – and more.
Don’t let these distract you or get even a small foothold in your brain! You can’t keep pushing forward if you keep looking back and dwelling on the tough parts.
Keep Focussed on the Positives
I’m not saying stick your head in the sand or pretend the world is all roses and unicorns. But there is something to be said for NOT focussing on the negative stuff beyond your control. Focus instead on the good aspects, the triumphs, the unexpected projects, the clients who are really wonderful, and the blessings.
This gloomy mindset is one of many potholes on the entrepreneurial journey. Check yourself! There are so many positive aspects of entrepreneurship. Resolve to stay focussed on the clear advantages.
List these for future reference:
- The successes you’ve helped win for your clients
- How long you’ve been on the journey
- The really great relationships you’ve gained
- Know-how, wisdom, and experience you’ve deposited into the bank of your head
- Business processes and structures that have slowly formed
- Great peers and experts who have fought in the trenches with you