Starting a New Business – Staying Positive

It could be that one reason life presents challenges is that
we would be easily bored if it didn’t. Another reason some
believe is that overcoming difficulty builds character and
makes us stronger. There is probably truth to both those
beliefs. So certainly starting a new business, while not
‘rocket science’, is going to present some obstacles.

One major obstacle is mindset – whether it is your own
negativity or those who are close to you – your spouse,
family and/or friends. For some reason they are going to be
the most critical, and where you might expect a supportive
and affirming atmosphere, you are likely going to encounter
negativity about your new venture.

Another real true theory that is relevant here is ‘fear of
the unknown’, and maybe that is what scares people and
makes them so wary of going out on a limb to try something
new or different. Even an element of jealousy there perhaps
in that they may never have acted on any of their dreams,
assuming they were unrealistic; but you are – because you
are brave enough and bright enough where maybe they don’t
feel that they are.

The other way mindset can be an obstacle to a new business
start-up is getting discouraged when you don’t make money
right away as you thought you would. Still another related
thought is having unrealistic expectations with regard to
the amount of time it will take to develop a successful
business. If you are not realistic you are going to set
yourself up for self-imposed failure because you will end up
quitting without giving it a fair chance.

We have to be logical because so much ‘hype’ makes it seem
so effortless and as if you will earn a fortune just by
joining a program and doing nothing. NOTHING could be
further from the truth. In reality we EARN what money we
make and in fact with your own business you may need to work
TWICE as hard to earn money until you get the ‘well-oiled’
machine running at optimal levels to create your success on
‘autopilot’.

Because there is a learning curve and there are lots of
obstacles to overcome, we need to guard against being
discouraged at all times. Discouragement is the opposite of
motivation. We need to stay motivated at all times and to
refuse to be discouraged. We may have to do mental exercises
as part of our process on an ongong basis. Even talking to
yourself to say how everything is great, how you are fine
and doing a good job can really help to strengthen your
resolve to succeed. No matter what negative thought or
comment may come to mind, we have to counter that with
something positive.

Since you are in new territory and have not yet built up
your skill or expertise in the field, to give you
confidence, you may need to rely on things you have done in
the past that made you feel proud or strong. Think about
all of your accomplishments no matter how small you think
they are, and even write them down; Go all the way back to
your childhood and remember every thing you can about times
where you were feeling good about yourself. Then keep those
facts close at hand in your mind so that you can call on
them when you start to feel like you are losing the battle
against negativity. Believe you can succeed in starting a
new business and that you will go far with it.