What to Do When You Want to Give Up
Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that starting a business isn’t always a smooth ride. Doors close. People object. Stuff happens. Here are some 10-minute actions you can take when you feel like throwing in the towel and walking away from your dream.
Calm Yourself Down. Breathe. Count to 10. Go for a walk. Do something that will take you out of your emotional reaction and give you perspective on your situation.
Read Your End Goal Statement. Remind yourself of what you’re creating and why. This tends to jump-start your motivation because you’ve written it in the present tense, as if it were happening now.
Change Your Focus. Make a list of the positives. This could include what you have achieved, the contacts you have made or how much you have grown through the process thus far.
Look for the Opportunity. Ask yourself, “What is this situation trying to teach me?” Challenges can be the most valuable form of feedback. Any setback, glitch or crisis can be used as an opportunity to help you move forward.
Get Support. Hire a coach. Find a mentor. Consult an expert. Talk to an objective person (someone who believes in you) who can help evaluate the situation, answer your questions or guide you in finding the right solution.
Creative Ways to Find 10 Minutes
Your day is already scheduled with everything you should do and need to do. Making time for something you want without compromising other tasks can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some creative ways to find 10 minutes to start building the business you’ve always dreamed about.
Try to wake up 10 minutes early, and use the time as soon as you wake up.
If you take public transportation, use the time during your commute to work. If you drive, take 10 minutes in the parking lot before you head into the office.
Make time for your task while your computer is booting up.
Take 10 minutes during your lunch hour or afternoon coffee break
Use any time you’re on hold on the phone.
Use the time during the commercials of your favorite TV show.
When your kids are napping or after they go to bed, spend 10 minutes on a task.
Use the time while dinner is cooking.
Take 10-minute breaks from watching your kids in the evening–alternate child-care shifts with your spouse.