When was the last time you took the time to reflect on and appreciate what you’ve actually accomplished as an entrepreneur? And I mean a serious reflection.
Forget, if you will for the moment, the sleepless nights, the long days, the equipment failures and those far too frequent moments of indecision. Stop what you’re doing for just a minute, to truly appreciate how far you’ve come.
At some point you decided to embark on a journey that few if any of your friends or family would even dare. Whatever your motivation, you struck out on your own with the goal to be self sufficient. You’ve dared to dream and have succumbed to its promise.
It’s been said that “if it was easy everyone would do it” and being a business owner is rarely easy. You may be disappointed that you’ve yet to make the income you’d hoped, but consider for moment, that at the end of the day whatever income you enjoy, was the result of your ability and yours alone.
What makes you, the entrepreneur unique, is that you live and die by your daily decisions. There is no safe harbour where you can run when the seas are stormy. The best you can hope for is calmer seas and fair winds and that your good decisions outweigh the bad ones.
For the vast majority of us, success is measured in years and not overnight. Yet we have learned to appreciate those daily accomplishments much like hitting the perfect golf shot and knowing the next one may not be so sweet. But at the end of the day, only our definition of success is all that really matters.
Seriously, take a moment, give yourself a break and appreciate what you’ve already achieved. It may not be perfect yet, but it’s yours to make it better and you’re doing what most people would be too afraid to try.
Just don’t take too long to reflect, you’ve got work to do.
Copyright © Greg Weatherdon 2011
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