“If you wan to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” – Woody Allen
It would seem that it is not enough that building a business can be tough. You have to learn a lot, develop skills, and do things that you never thought you’d be doing when you decided you wanted to go to work for yourself.
No matter what business you are involved with, no matter what niche, no matter whether or not it is online or a traditional brick and mortar things are going to go wrong!
The question is, what are you going to do about it?
Sometimes the answer to that question is nothing and sometimes that’s exactly what can be done.
What is more important is to know that bad things are going to happen, but keeping your mindset right needs to be your number one priority.
Positive Facebook Memes
Like most entrepreneurs, I try to keep my focus on my work and keep my mind in a positive state, but let’s face it, some days you just want to punch the wall and call it quits.
And those damn Facebook memes do not help one bit…at least not always, but it is important to keep the proper perspective and not blow things out of proportion.
The one day that you are counting on an employee to show up for a big meeting is the very day they will call in sick.
The perfect presentation that you have slaved over for a month is going to get lost or deleted by accident.
When you are on the way to present your million dollar idea to a group of investors, your car isn’t going to start.
I could name a million things that could happen at any given moment that you may have to deal with, things that you will feel like strangling someone, anyone over…in the moment.
Dealing with these “mishaps” though is a part of an entrepreneurs life and while I can’t guarantee you success with anything that you are currently undertaking, I can guarantee you that these mishaps will show up when you least likely expect them.
What to Do?
So what do you do when things go wrong?
First, realize that this is a temporary situation and don’t panic. A year from now you will laugh and it will be a great story to tell other dreamers thinking of taking up the entrepreneurial path.
Second, take obstacles head on when possible. Do not put things off. If the IRS is calling and wanting to audit your books, get with your CPA or accounting professional and develop a strategy.
If the car breaks down, do what you have to do to reschedule your meeting, fix the car and step back up to the plate.
Third, realize that there is no one golden moment that will keep you from achieving your ultimate goals.
Yes, you may lose a client or two over the years, but keep your nose to the grindstone and keep on keeping on. Work through the tough times.
Business can be tough, especially when nothing seems to be going right, but the one thing that you can take comfort in is that EVERYONE has to deal with mishaps and missteps along the way to success.
Focus on what it is that you want and why it is so important for you to accomplish that goal. You will find a way.
See you at the top!